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Job Description

  • Department: Chief Harbour Master’s department
  • Reporting to: Harbour Master
  • Grade: 6
  •  Salary: starting at £49,926 per annum plus a car allowance
  • Base: Gravesend
  • Closing date: 31st May 202 – Interview date: 7th June 2024

Who we are:

Our client is the statutory harbour authority for the tidal Thames and responsible for 95 miles of the River Thames from the Estuary to Teddington Lock in West London. We work to keep river users safe, protect and enhance the environment and promote the use of the river for trade and travel. The Harbour master’s team are responsible for ensuring compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code, ensuring the safety of navigation for all mariners, enforcing the rules and regulations and leading on Port Security and Emergency and Resilience Planning for the port

The role:

We are currently recruiting an Assistant Harbour Master who will primarily support the Harbour Masters in meeting the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code, undertaking, and supporting incident investigations, proactive enforcement of both illegally moored vessels and vessel licensing issues.

The successful candidate will also be responsible for liaising with event proposers to determine their viability and plan, organise and supervise requirements for such events as required. The successful candidate will be involved in the supervision of the pilot exemption certificate process. There may also be a need to support other projects deemed necessary by the Harbour master’s team.

In addition, this role will review and approve RWL / TRWL applications as required, liaise with river users, and oversee the management of launch and pilot cutter operations.



  • Undertake investigation of navigational and byelaw infringements obtain and retain evidence for potential prosecution and seek to establish causes of incidents and near misses and a means of resolution.
  • Liaise with the promoters of events, filming, river related stunts and firework displays as required by the district Harbour Masters to determine their viability. Plan, organise and supervise the PLA’s involvement in such events including standard events letter.
  • Represent the port on tideway rowing and all other recreational matters on the Thames
  • Enforcement of illegally moored vessels and Vessel Licensing issues throughout the Port
  • Management of the PEC process across both Districts
  • Provide administrative support to the CHM department as required
  • Any other duties as required by Management for the safe and efficient running of the department

What we are looking for:

You will have the ability to manage your own responsibilities, whilst working as part of a team, directing, and coordinating the provision of a safe, cost-effective and efficient service throughout the river that meets relevant statutory requirements for safe navigation.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • An MCA Boat master’s License, STCW CoC or other relevant qualification or experience.
  • Good presentation, interpersonal and communication skills are essential as the post holder will need to deal with particularly influential, articulate and often difficult people.
  • Hold or can obtain an MCA approved UK Harbour master’s Certificate.
  • Proactive, innovative approach to smarter working and improved efficiencies.
  • Be able to exercise professional conduct with stakeholders, contractors, third parties and the public.
  • Can work under pressure and time restraints independently.
  • Involvement or experience in recreational water activity (i.e., rowing, kayaking) would be beneficial but not essential.
  • A working knowledge of the tidal Thames would be beneficial but full training will be provided to the successful candidate.

Benefits package:

  • 28 days annual leave
  • Medical Cash Plan (Westfield Health)
  • Generous pension
  • Car Allowance
  • Onsite parking with electric charging
  • Access to Occupational Health, Mindfulness, Counselling and Physiotherapy
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Access to MyGymDiscounts

To apply, please request an application form from

You are required to have a Right to Work in UK, as currently our client 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.