Southampton Marine Job Vacancies

Trainee Pilot

Full time, Permanent contract

Location – Southampton

Competitive + benefits

ABP is the UK’s leading port operator, with a unique network of 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales. Our ports include Immingham, the UKs busiest port and Southampton, the nation’s second largest and Europe’s most efficient container port, as well as the UK’s number one for cars and cruise.  The group's other activities include rail terminal operations (Hams Hall Rail Terminal), ship's agency, dredging (UK Dredging Ltd), and marine consultancy (ABPmer). Each port also offers a well-established community of port service providers.

In 2014 ABP and its customers handled 94.5 million tonnes of cargo. Together with our customers, we support 84,000 jobs and contribute £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year.

On such as a busy port as Southampton, the safe passage of vessels through our waters is imperative.

Southampton is a buzzing and exciting port in which to work, and the variety of ships change on a daily basis.

The CHA area also includes Fawley and Hamble oil terminals.

As a Trainee Pilot, you will support the movement of all types of vessels (including commercial vessels and cruise ships), safely through our waters. This will involve boarding moving vessels and liaising with all relevant parties, both on board the vessel, and your colleagues on the ground, to ensure that all paperwork and agreements have been met, regarding each and every vessel’s movement along the waterway. Southampton is one of the busiest ports in the UK, so attention to detail and foresight of all possible eventualities is paramount.


·       Piloting of vessels within ports and destinations of Southampton

·       Responsibility to provide cover for all pilotage requirements and achieve an effective pilotage service within Southampton

·       Compliance with all safe systems of work and to observe safety codes and safety procedures

·       The driving of company vehicles

·       Passage Planning including the requirement to plan the course of the vessel taking into account tides, weather, size, weight and operational characteristics of the vessel.

Skills and Experience

It is essential that you hold a Marine Certificate of Competency STCW –Master 2/11 unlimited

and are fully conversant with all Marine Legislation. You must also hold a full, valid UK driving licence.

As well as your relevant core skills, you will bring:

·       Recent seagoing command experience on a variety of vessel types

·       Excellent communication/interpersonal skills

·       A strong understanding of the local geography/water network

·       Ability to prioritise workload with efficiency and effectiveness, coordinating a range of activities.

When joining ABP you will find an environment that is both welcoming and challenging.  We reward our employees well and offer a generous remuneration package, employer pension, private health insurance and a range of other benefits.

Please note that ABP undertake random screening for substance abuse and operate a zero tolerance policy. A medical will be required before starting this position also.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their background, which helps us to provide a diverse and inclusive working environment.

If you wish to be considered for this vacancy, please advise your manager and ask them to confirm in writing via email or counter-sign your application form. You can complete the application form and apply on line by going to the ABP website careers page If you don’t have access to the internet, then you will need to contact the ABP recruitment team who will provide you will the application form.
Telephone: 0808 164 2227

All external applicants who wish to apply will need to apply online and complete the online application form by following the link or contact the ABP recruitment team on 01256 383737

Please note that we do not wish to fill this position via an agency. Please do not make unsolicited approaches with reference to the above post.