Closing date: 22 July 2024
Strategic Harbour Master and Port Manager

Strategic Harbour Master and Port Manager

St Helena Island, South Atlantic 

2 years FTC available immediately

£60k pa, depending on experience and qualifications, plus International Supplement

Enjoying unique lifestyle opportunities, St Helena Island is a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom. Although better placed to develop economically and socially as a result of opening our international airport in 2017, we are not at the stage of self-sufficiency and therefore remain dependent on UK government aid.

This is a key role responsible for all harbour and port operations, ensuring that the strategic and vital maritime gateways to the Island are maintained. Managing the Port Control Team you will lead the transition from the capital’s Jamestown Wharf into the new Rupert’s Cargo Facility, achieving effective integration.

This requires engagement at all levels across government, the private sectors and the general community. Responsibilities include all harbour related interests, maritime safety, navigational aids, accident investigation, compliance with international conventions and legislation, and overseeing the commercial activity of cargo operations in port. You will be Ambassador for the Island on all visiting vessels. Owning the safety and security of the port facility and harbour waters, you will enforce laws and maintain general oversight.

Holding a Harbour Masters Diploma and/or Certificate you also have a Master’s Certificate of Competency (STCW Reg II/2.1) with a varied background in marine operations. Along with a current car driver’s licence you are qualified to Oil Spill Response MCA Level 2/4 with ‘A’ Level 5 or 6 (degree) qualification or equivalent experience in the port environment. You have comprehensive understanding of the Port Marine Safety Code and experience in a variety of marine operations including as a Master or Senior Deck Officer on foreign going vessels. You must have a history of project management and financial resourcing with extensive knowledge of the British Marine regulatory framework as applies to Red Ensign vessels. With excellent written English you have led small teams and motivated staff using your ability to explain complex ideas and engage people

A fluent communicator via Maritime VHF communications systems and adept at using navigation charts you can act as an on-scene commander in oil spills and other maritime emergencies. You must be physically fit enough to board vessels at sea and flexible about evening and weekend work..

In addition, you must demonstrate our core values of fairness, integrity and teamwork and use your diverse expertise and experiences to ensure your time on the Island has the broadest benefit to St Helena.  As an officer funded through the Technical Co-Operation Programme you will be expected to share your knowledge and skills beyond the workplace contributing to workforce, community and capacity development in St Helena.

Our Benefits Package Includes:

How to Apply:

An application form is available below, where further information can also be found, or you may contact Kedell Worboys on 0203 818 7610 or via email:

Applications must be sent to and received by 22 July 2024. Interviews will be held on 26 July.

To be considered for this role, you must complete our application form.  Failure to do so will mean that your application will not be considered.  Please do not submit your CV.  

The Public Service positively accepts applications from all members of the community regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and will consider all applications on the basis of merit, in accordance with the person specification.

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