Port Operations National Occupational Standards (NOS)

These National Occupational Standards detail the competencies required of a port operative.

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A port operative is responsible for the operational activities associated with the transfer of cargo and passengers between the vessel and cargo storage area/passenger terminal. The standards are relevant to the following operational roles:

Applicable job roles

Stevedore

Marine Operative

Passenger Operative

Leisure Port Operative

General Operative

Team leader

 

PSSPO101 - Undertake cargo handling operations

  • This standard covers the competence required to support cargo handling operations. Ports may handle many different types of cargo including: dry bulks, liquid bulks, cargo transport units and roll-on/roll-off.
  • This standard includes checking and marking cargo, securing cargo and transferring loads through slinging and signalling. It is also about the loading and unloading of cargo transport units, receiving, storing and despatching cargo and handling loads manually. It is also about providing support to roll-on/roll-off operations including signalling to drivers, using associated equipment, such as trestles and jacks and operating air suspension devices.
  • This standard also includes operating equipment to discharge and/or load bulk liquid cargo. This includes preparing for the arrival of a tanker or vessel, connecting the pipelines and ensuring that the cargo flows properly and disconnecting the pipelines and cleaning the equipment that has been used.

Target Group

This standard applies to port workers who are required to support cargo handling operations.

There are 8 elements in this standard:

  1. Check, mark and record cargo
  2. Secure cargo
  3. Transfer loads through slinging and signalling
  4. Load and unload cargo transport units
  5. Receive, store and dispatch cargo
  6. Handle loads manually
  7. Support cargo handling operations associate with Ro/Ro vessels
  8. Operate equipment for moving bulk liquids

 

PSSPO102 Move loads using lifting and handling equipment

  • This standard covers the competence required to handle loads using various types of lifting equipment. This will include moving loads using fork lift trucks and other mobile lifting equipment; moving containers using shore based lifting equipment and moving loads by crane. In addition to this, the standard covers the planning and implementing a lifting plan to handle large awkwardly shaped loads and very heavy loads which requires specialised handling. It also includes transferring loads using ship’s gear, such as a crane and handling dry bulk cargo using automated equipment.

Target Group

This standard applies to port workers who are required to handle loads using lifting equipment

There are 6 elements in this standard:

  1. Move loads using mobile lifting equipment
  2. Move containers using shore based lifting equipment
  3. Lift and position loads by crane
  4. Transfer loads using ships gear
  5. Handle dry bulk cargo using automated equipment
  6. Trim and clean out dry bulk cargo

 

PSSPO103 Drive shore based vehicles

  • This standard covers the competence required to drive shore based vehicles. It includes the operating of tractor units, light vehicles such as cars or vans and also heavy vehicles including excavators, military vehicles, mobility cranes and special purpose vehicles on shore and on and off Ro/Ro vessels. This standard also covers trimming or cleaning out cargo holds using self-drive plant such as bulldozers , skid-steer loaders, vibro-rigs or similar types of mobile plant and excavator type machines

Target Group

This standard applies to port workers who are authorised to drive shore based vehicles

There are 3 elements in this standard:

  1. Drive shore-based tractor units
  2. Drive tractor vehicles within Ro/Ro vessels
  3. Drive light vehicles on and off Ro/Ro vessels

 

PSSPO104 Operate port vessels

  • This standard covers the competence required to operate port vessels. It is about handling and navigating port craft, under the supervision of a foreman or skipper within a port area. This includes the craft such as launches, survey boats and work boats and also unpowered craft such as dumb barges.

Target Group

This standard applies to port workers who are required to operate port vessels

There are 3 elements in this standard:

  1. Handle port craft
  2. Navigate port craft
  3. Handle unpowered craft

 

PSSPO105 Support vessel operations

  • This standard covers the competence required to support vessel operations in ports. It covers the berthing of larger vessels within ports, for example, cargo vessels, coasters, cruise ships and ferries. It also covers the positioning of access equipment on vessels to allow passengers to board and/or depart and the routine fuelling, or bunkering of vessels within a port environment.

Target Group

This standard applies to port workers who are required to support vessel operations

There are 3 elements in this standard:

  1. Berth vessels
  2. Position access equipment on vessels
  3. Fuel vessels

 

PSSPO106 Support safe navigation within port areas

  • This standard covers the competence required to support safe navigation within port areas. This includes the assembly, laying and retrieving of navigation buoys, under supervision, as well as mooring for ship tiers and general moorings for yachts and other small craft within an enclosed port area. It also includes establishing the depth of water, under supervision, in navigable channels and other areas, as part of hydrographic surveys. This standard is also about maintaining navigable channels and water areas such as berths within the port area. It includes working under supervision to keep such areas clear of flotsam and other hazards, as well as dredging channels.
  • It is often necessary for individuals involved in these activities to be competent in handling small craft. The handling of such craft is covered by another standard.

Target Group

This standard applies to port workers, who under supervision, support safe navigation within port areas

There are 3 elements in this standard:

  1. Position moorings and lay buoys
  2. Maintain clear channels and water areas
  3. Establish water depths

 

PSSPO107 Operate locks and bridges

  • This standard covers the competence required to operate locks and bridges. It is about working under supervision to operate entrance locks to enclosed docks within a port. It includes preparing a lock and a bridge for use, monitoring vessels moving through the locks and bridges and undertaking basic maintenance of lock and bridge equipment.

Target Group

This standard applies to port workers who are required to operate locks and bridges

There are 2 elements in this standard:

  1. Operate lock systems
  2. Operate bridges

 

PSSPO108 Passenger vessel operations

  • This standard covers the competence required to provide support and information to passengers. It applies to anyone who has first line contact with customers within a port. This could be dealing with customer problems, ensuring the safe transfer of passengers to and from vessels, and assisting with enquiries. This standard also covers controlling vehicle movements within a port, using direction signs and marshalling techniques. Vehicles may arrive at the port by road, rail or from a vessel. It is also about the safe transfer of passengers to outlying islands, or in larger ports, to river piers, which includes assisting to berth the vessels and providing gangways for passengers.
  • This standard also covers the competence required to process travel documents. It is about checking and processing the travel documents of people arriving at ports. Such people can, include passengers and freight drivers. Travel documents can therefore include tickets, passports, delivery and related papers.
  • This standard also covers the competence required to process luggage. It is about identifying, sorting and moving the baggage of passengers arrive at ports. It is important that passengers’ baggage is identified, sorted and moved on correctly and in an efficient manner to ensure the security of the port.

Target Group

This standard applies to port workers who are required to undertake passenger vessel operations.

There are 6 elements in this standard:

  1. Give customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation
  2. Control vehicle movements
  3. Resolve customer service problems
  4. Transfer passengers to/from small vessels
  5. Process travel documents
  6. Process baggage

 

PSSPO109 Work safely and securely in ports

  • This standard is about working effectively to maintain own and others’ health, safety and security within your own area of operations in the port environment. There is a duty on the individual to take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and of other persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work. This standard includes: complying with health and safety systems and procedures, identifying hazards, evaluating the levels of the different risks in your workplace, monitoring activities around you, and taking relevant precautions to address the risks identified.
  • This standard also addresses particular hazards that might be present in a port. It includes working near water, and includes assessing the risks involved and taking precautionary actions as well as following the correct procedures when in the water, and/or retrieving another person from the water. The standard is also about assessing whether particular work can safely be undertaken by a lone worker, and then working safely when performing such tasks. This standard is also about working safely at heights, on land or when working aboard a vessel. It includes assessing the risks involved, taking all suitable precautions and following the correct procedures. This standard is also about working safely in a confined space as defined in legislation. Such spaces, for example, may include the hold of a vessel or the inside of a freight container. This standard includes assessing risks and taking suitable precautions including adequate ventilation and safe access. Working practices in confined spaces are regulated and should be undertaken only where strictly necessary.

Target Group

This standard applies to workers and others entering a port environment. There is a duty on everyone to work safely at all times within a port environment, whether they are working around cargo, within a port or harbour or with members of the general public.

There are 7 elements in this standard:

  1. Work safely
  2. Work safely with dangerous cargo
  3. Work safely near water
  4. Work safely when alone
  5. Work safely at heights
  6. Work safely in confined spaces
  7. Maintain security in ports

 

PSSPO110 Respond to incidents in ports

  • This standard covers the competence required to deal with emergency incidents in a port environment. Incidents can be responding to a pollution incident, responding to emergency situations aboard vessels and administering first aid. Where first aid is undertaken on board a vessel, it is important that this is only carried out by a qualified first aider. It is about making the correct initial response to an emergency situation, raising the alarm, contacting the emergency services and providing initial assistance.

Target Group

This standard applies to port workers who are required to respond to incidents in ports.

There are 4 elements in this standard:

  1. Respond to emergency situations
  2. Respond to a pollution incident
  3. Administer emergency first aid in ports
  4. Respond to emergency situations aboard vessels

 

PSSPO111 Provide basic maintenance and repairs in ports

  • This standard covers the competence required for planning and undertaking routine maintenance in a port environment. It includes monitoring maintenance schedules and coordinating the maintenance of plant and equipment. It also includes the maintenance and servicing of vehicles, maintaining maritime equipment and undertaking minor repairs to port infrastructure.

Target Group

This standard applies to port workers who are required to provide maintenance and repairs

There are 4 elements in this standard:

  1. Plan and coordinate the routine maintenance of port plant and equipment
  2. Undertake basic maintenance and servicing of vehicles
  3. Maintain marine equipment
  4. Undertake minor repairs to port infrastructure

 

PSSPO112 Lead teams of operatives

  • This standard covers the competence required to provide direction to team members and includes motivating and supporting them to achieve the objectives of the team and their personal work objectives. It is about ensuring that the work required of the team is effectively and fairly allocated. It also involves checking on the progress and quality of the work of team members to ensure that the required level of performance is being met.

Target Group

This standard applies to port workers who are required to lead teams of operatives

There are 2 elements in this standard:

  1. Provide leadership for your team
  2. Allocate and check work in your team

 

PSSPO113 Build effective working relations with colleagues

This standard covers the competence required to build effective working relations with colleagues. It is about liaising with and developing professional working relationships with colleagues in own organisation and with third party organisations, which supports and delivers own work and that of the overall organisation.

Target Group

This standard applies to port workers

There are 2 elements in this standard:

  1. Develop productive working relationships with colleagues
  2. Liaise and develop professional working relationships with third parties

 

PSSPO114 Use organisational resources in ports

  • This standard covers the competence required for using organisational resources. It is about ensuring that personnel effectively use resources to undertake their role. It includes the use of IT equipment. This standard also covers the competence required to operate communications equipment. It includes operating radio equipment whilst working on board such craft as harbour patrol vessels, pilot boats or survey launches. A license is required to use Very High Frequency (VHF) radio equipment.

Target Group

This standard applies to port workers

There are 4 elements to this standard:

  1. Manage own Resources
  2. Use IT Systems
  3. Operate radio equipment
  4. Maintain environmental good practice within ports

 

Date approved: April 2013

 

Resource Information

Post date 08/05/2017
Code PSSPONOS
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Attachments

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