Head of Marine Services, Transportation and Harbour Master

Published: Monday, January 27, 2020 - 10:41


Head of Marine Services, Transportation and Harbour Master (REF: ORK03904)

35 hours per week, Permanent

Salary: £77,442 (including Distant Islands Allowance)

Plus: Standby duty payments c.£2,000 pa

Note: 3% pay award pending on 1st April 2020

Orkney provides a beautiful setting in which to live and work and a wonderful opportunity to combine a fulfilling and challenging career with the best that the islands can offer in terms of lifestyle. Our vibrant and forward-thinking community is regularly voted the happiest and the best place to live in the UK. Our quality of life is second to none. With a rising population, excellent local services, and a multitude of opportunities and facilities to cater for whatever your interests outside of work may be.

We are looking for a Head of Service to lead our Marine Services and Transportation Service, as well as fulfilling the statutory role of Harbour Master. You will report to the Executive Director, Development and Infrastructure and be responsible for a range of Service provision:

  • Marine Services (the Harbour Authority, Pilotage, Towage Services, Pier Operations, Launch operations, Vessel Traffic Services and Local Lighthouse Authority)
  • Internal Ferry Service operations and management of the nine-ferry fleet
  • Navigation Policy and Port Marine Safety Code compliance
  • Navigation and pilotage advice to the Council as Competent Authority for Pilotage and as Harbour Authority
  • Marine business development, commercial success, the self-financing of all harbour activities and delivery of the emerging Port Master Plan
  • Marine Technical Superintendent Engineering Services including Harbours Engineering
  • Marine and Airfield asset management (including ships, piers and airfields)
  • Airfield and internal air service operations including membership of the Air Safety Review Board
  • Strategic Transportation (policy, bus and air contracts)
  • The delivery of those public transport services which are a Council responsibility including lifeline services (air, bus and ferry)
  • Marine Services Business Support

The Head of Marine Services and Transportation and Harbour Master has responsibility for the operation of all 29 ports and harbours within Orkney. This includes the strategic oil port of Scapa Flow and the Flotta Oil Terminal with a combined total of some 400 crude oil tanker movements of around 180 tankers per year including Ship to Ship operations and the port of Kirkwall which is the UK’s most successful cruise destination with 170 cruise ship calls in 2019.

The Marine Service portfolio also covers the operation of 18 ferry ports, the nine-ship internal ferry service, a full pilotage service and a tug service or 3 tugs with two new 80bpt tugs currently under construction. The transport portfolio includes, in addition to all internal ferry services, the operation of six isles airfields and the associated internal air service and publicly funded terrestrial transport services

The role is a demanding one which ranges from front line operational involvement to strategic vision for future internal ferry services and the development of an ambitious Port Master Plan. The successful applicant will be a marine professional holding or having held a Master Mariner STCW II/2 or military equivalent CoC with sea command experience and a current ability to board ships at sea and at anchor as part of their oversight responsibilities.

Whilst the position is demanding, it is also extremely rewarding through its focus on delivering lifeline services and activity which is of significant economic benefit to the close knit but forward-thinking community of Orkney. The post is involved in some the most leading-edge low carbon projects in the world and the port itself has seen significant growth in recent years with an operating turnover of over £20M and producing a surplus of some £5m in 2018/19, hence the investment plans for new vessels and ports infrastructure.

In addition, as a collegiate member of the Corporate Management Team, you will have the opportunity to the wider vision and strategic direction of the Council. This is an excellent opportunity to be at the forefront of leading and shaping services in Orkney.

Like elsewhere in Local Government, the challenges of improving services, meeting growing demand and balancing budgets are considerable. However, we believe that here in Orkney we are better placed than most to meet those challenges thanks to a focus on innovation and a strong leadership partnership between Elected Members and Senior Officers.

Interviews will be held on Monday 24 February 2020

Closing date for applications is Sunday 2 February 2020

Please note that interview and relocation expenses will be paid for this post in accordance with Council Policy



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