We're recruiting a Watch Officer on a 12 Month Fixed Term Contract. Running 24/7, 365 days a year, it won’t surprise you that no two days/nights will be the same. As a Watch Officer, you must be prepared for anything and be comfortable switching from the routine and predictable to the unusual and fast paced emergency situations.
It’s these core life skills that make you who you are that we’re interested in; you could have gained those from almost any working experience. First and foremost is your ability to interact effectively with anyone from any walk of life and in any circumstance. If you can remain cool, calm and collected and apply sound judgement and common sense to whatever you encounter, and continually look for a positive solution, then we would like to hear from you.
Successful applicants will be provided with the training, support and experience you’ll need to obtain your Coastguard and VTS qualifications.
Vessel Traffic Service ("VTS")
Operate 24hr VTS service for commercial and leisure vessels within the defined VTS Areas.
Monitoring, controlling, managing traffic movements, and routing, scheduling vessel movements
Promote maritime safety information in relation to VTS areas.
Report and log infringements of maritime legislation, local maritime laws and harbour directions, prepare reports.
Ensure accurate logging of vessel movements to aid customer/stakeholder awareness and planning.
Arrange for provision of allied services and specific requests by visiting vessels or agents.
Assist with training and familiarisation of new recruits.
24hr monitoring of emergency frequencies, providing first line response to 999 lines and alerting systems, managing and coordinating accordingly. Promulgate maritime safety information such as Nav warnings, Wind warnings and weather forecasts via VHF radio.
Assist Search Mission Co-Ordinator (SMC) during SAR operations (to the level of Mission Co-ordinator).
Monitor routine working frequencies, telephone lines and e-mail addresses and respond accordingly.
Promulgate maritime safety information via VHF radio and associated means.
Assist the Coastguard and VTS Manager and Specialist Watch Officers with associated reasonable tasks.
Organise and deliver sea safety advice under the banner of ‘Public Engagement’ through school presentations, MOC visits and the advice onboard scheme
Carry out daily/weekly equipment tests for the Marine Operations Centre ("MOC") and VTS Tower.
Document faults and request repairs.
Monitor routine working frequencies, telephone lines and e-mail addresses and respond accordingly
24hr primary port of contact for PoJ Harbour estate – defect/security/operational reporting and responding accordingly.
Port infrastructure and MOC equipment defect monitoring and reporting and carry out daily equipment tests.
Ensure all manual and automatic communication/information systems within the port are effectively monitored with any faults responded to and maintained according to operational guidelines and manufacturers’ instructions and that any defects are expeditiously resolved.