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VTS Officer

  • Department: Chief Harbour Master’s Department
  • Reporting to: VTS Operations Manager
  • Salary: starting at £41,142 per annum during training and rising £44,720 on completion of training, with potential through overtime to earn in excess of £60,000
  • Base: Port Control Centre, Gravesend
  • Closing date: Monday 17 January 2022.
  • Interviews will commence from the 3rd January and you are advised to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close the post at any time, once we have received sufficient applications. We advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.

Please note that interviews will need to take place in person and we will take the necessary precautions to ensure this take place in a safe manner following the Government current guideline and the Port of London Authority internal procedures.

The PLA is the statutory harbour authority for the tidal Thames from the outer estuary to Teddington. As part of our duties under the Port Marine Safety Code, we manage and maintain the port’s navigational safety management system.

London VTS is responsible for the safe and efficient navigation of a diverse range of commercial and leisure vessels in the Thames Estuary and lower reaches of the river covering an area of approximately 600 square miles.

As VTS Officer in the Port of London Authority (PLA), you will be required to operate the latest state of the art surveillance and communications equipment and manage the navigational safety of the world’s largest ships down to the smallest recreational craft as well as protecting one of the most iconic and historical waterways. You will deal with the general public, berth operators and emergency services as well as communicating extensively with senior management, marine pilots, the harbour patrol service and other internal Port of London Authority departments.

The successful candidate will be required to obtain a V-103/1 VTS Operator Certificate and local knowledge endorsement. Preference will be given to candidates holding a valid STCW Certificate of Competency or other relevant professional qualification.

This is a highly rewarding role in one of the UK’s premier ports, an industry leading organisation which provides attractive benefits including career progression into supervisory and Harbour Master roles.

The job is based at the purpose-built Port Control Centre in Gravesend, directly overlooking the river.

For an informal chat about the role please contact Simon Phillips, Harbour Master (SMS & VTS) on 01474 562211 or Tony Guy, VTS Operations Manager on 01474 562249.

A full job description is available here.

To apply, please complete an application form (Word, PDF) and send it to recruitment@pla.co.uk before the closing date of 17 January 2022.

You are required to have a Right to Work in UK, as currently the PLA is not a sponsor employer, therefore an offer of employment cannot be made unless you currently hold the rights to live and work in the UK.

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