General Purpose Marine Operative

  • Job posted:
  • Terms:
  • Employer:
    Associated British Ports
  • Hours:
  • Job Title:
    General Purpose Marine Operative
  • Salary:
  • Location:
    Troon, GB

The General Purpose Marine Operative will work as part of the Marine Team to provide general maintenance operations and a range of duties at Ayr and Troon, this includes ensuring the port is always clean and tidy . There will also be some marine related duties to carry out. This could include operating the Port workboat and monitoring and recording all sailings and arrivals, as well as operating various plant and machinery.

While it is not vital, experience in mooring/unmooring vessels would be a bonus. VHF and RYA certificates are desirable but training can be given to the right person.

The role follows a planned roster system to ensure marine cover is in place 24 hours per day. For this, we offer a competitive salary and have a fantastic range of benefits, including private medical insurance, annual bonus and up to 10% pension scheme.


  • Carry out general operational duties and ensuring the Port of Troon is kept clean and tidy.
  • Maintain a safe and effective Marine Control at the Port of Troon with emphasis on maintaining VHF Communications and passing relevant information to vessels.
  • Monitor and record of all arrivals and sailings and other relevant information for onward use by administration/billing.
  • Once trained, operate machinery and plant in accordance with SSOW to assist with general upkeep of estate and vessels holds.
  • Assist with safe mooring and unmooring of vessels at Ayr & Troon.
  • Use CCTV to provide background and security monitoring of vessels, vehicles and personnel within the port estate.
  • Operate port workboat “Osprey” to maintain clear and safe waterways within the harbour limits.
  • Undertake training and crewing of Pilot Vessel for pilot operations at Ayr and Troon.
  • All work to be carried out in compliance with both ABP Health and Safety Policies and other published Safe Systems of Work (SSOW). Unsafe practices to be reported to the Harbour Master/Deputy Harbour Master immediately.
  • Liaison with port users the general public as well as communicating effectively with other ABP Staff members.
  • Activate port emergency procedures and respond appropriately to any unforeseen emergencies/incidents that may arise within the port, passing on information to relevant parties.

Skills, experiences, qualifications and competencies


  • Ability to deliver the ethos of exceptional customer service and always seeking to improve quality and service for both internal/external stakeholders.
  • Medically fit to ENG1 standards.
  • Familiarity with marine data sets and common IT software packages.


  • Willing to train for (at ABP expense); RYA/STCW VHF Operator Certificate, RYA Powerboat Level 2 with commercial endorsement, RYA/MCA First Aid at Sea, RYA/STCW Basic Sea Survival Certificate, MCA Oil Spill Level 2p Training, IOSHH Working Safely or CHIP training.

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