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Whalsay Based Vessels, c/o Port Admin Building, Sella Ness, Sullom Voe, ZE2 9QR
£42,013.37 - £43,960.97 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
42 hours per week

This position has expired.

Job Description

The Master has overall command of the Vessel once they have completed the Change of Command procedure with the offgoing Master. The Master is then authorised to perform whatever acts are necessary for the safe, efficient and proper operation of the vessel.

The Master's primary considerations must be the safety of life, the safety of the vessel and the prevention of pollution and the considerations must override all other obligations including schedule, expense or convenience.

In addition to the Master’s statutory duties, particular responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that they are fully familiar with the requirements of the Fleet Regulations and other documents which comprise the Ferry Services Safety Management System;
  • Ensuring that Fleet Regulations and other relevant documents which comprise the Ferry Services Safety Management System are brought to the attention of all appropriate crew members, and that such documents are understood by them;
  • Ensuring that workers on their vessel are made aware of the contents of applicable risk assessments;
  • Ensuring that onboard procedures are established to implement the requirements of the Fleet Regulations, other Safety Management System documents and all relevant Council policies, particularly HR policies;

More detail is provided in the Job Profile, Person Specification and Conditions of Service Summary attached to the bottom of this advert.

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  • The grade of this post is J
  • Salary shown in the advert is inclusive of Distant Islands Allowance of £2,397 per annum (pro rata) and contracted overtime payment
  • Permanent Full Time post for 42.0 Hours per Week (37 hours and 5 hours contracted overtime) , 52.18 weeks per year 
  • A relocation package does not apply to this post
  • We will pay interview expenses from within Shetland
  • We are happy to talk flexible working

During the application process you are required to give the names of two persons not related to you, who we can contact to provide a reference to support your application.

This post is based on any Whalsay Based Vessel, Symbister, Whalsay

For further details relating to this post, please contact:  Richard Hutchison, Route Master - email -

If you have a disability which prevents you from applying online, please call 01595 744032.


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