November 28th 2019

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position of Marine Pilot for the Orkney Pilotage Areas.

Based on a roster of 2 weeks on, 3 weeks off Permanent £40,067 - £76,696 (including shift allowance and Distant Islands Allowance), salary placing dependent on qualification and experience.

Orkney Islands Council as the Competent Harbour Authority is responsible for the provision of marine pilotage for vessels from 65 metres L.O.A. (or on request) to some of the largest cruise ships and oil ships in world for its two pilotage areas of Kirkwall Bay and its approaches and Scapa Flow and its Oil Port. The diversity of marine business in Orkney is considerable, ranging from oil and gas and marine renewables to the UK’s most popular cruise ship destination and the provision of lifeline ferry services to the Scottish mainland. To service this, the Harbour Authority currently has five Class 1 pilots who are required to provide a 24/7 pilotage service to a broad range of ship types with the role involving the control of, at times, four or more large harbour tugs. The work involves significant challenges in the hours of darkness, in strong tides, high wind conditions and restricted visibility often on the fringes of the Pentland Firth. Support is provided from a 24/7 VTS service and from highly experienced pilot launch crews.

The diversity of Orkney’s maritime business provides an opportunity for a highly capable, fully qualified and exceptionally experienced master mariner with extensive command experience and with the ability to operate under significant pressure. Leadership and strong inter personal skills in addition to formal marine qualifications are fundamental to this demanding role.

You must possess a STCW Master II/2 (Unlimited) certificate with extensive knowledge and sea going experience. You must have at least six years’ post qualification experience, at least 18 months as a STCW II/2 Master in command and have had at least 18 months foreign going experience as a bona fide ships officer. A thorough working and practical knowledge of the ISM code, proven bridge management skills and experience of operating under pilotage advice are essential. Previous experience as a qualified pilot and/or a thorough knowledge of the waters of the two pilotage areas would be a distinct advantage and you must be able to demonstrate a knowledge of utilising pilotage services and tugs.

The duties will include support to the Pilotage Examining Body, planning for ship entry/berthing/departure operations and navigation risk assessments.

The successful applicant will join as a trainee pilot irrespective of prior experience or qualification. Progression in two phases to Class 1, via Class 2, will be by examination and completion of mandatory pilotage runs. Each progression will take from 6 months to 12 months and pay progression to the full pilotage salary will be in two increments.

For an informal discussion about this post please contact Brian Archibald, Head of Marine Services & Harbour Master, Tel (01856 873636) or email harbours@orkney.gov.uk

Closing Date: Sunday 8 December 2019

Please note that interview/relocation expenses will be paid for this post in accordance with the Council’s Recruitment and Relocation Policies.

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