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Port Administration Building Sella Ness Shetland, ZE2 9QR
£40,061.66 - £41,702.72 per year
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Position Type:
Full Time
42 hours per week

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The Port Safety Officer reports to the Deputy Harbourmaster and is responsible for the day-to-day safety issues of Ports and Harbours Operations personnel and for ensuring safety inspections and audits are carried out.

The main duties of the Port Safety Officer include:

  • To undertake ship inspections alongside:
    • Check visiting vessels are in compliance with all port and jetty safety regulations.
    • Checking own vessels are, in addition, operating in compliance with departmental and SMS procedures and guidelines.
  • To monitor and investigate deficiencies and dangerous occurrences concerning the safety of own and visiting vessels and ship’s personnel;
  • Safety and Pollution incidents:
    • Investigate safety and pollution incidents and, where appropriate, provide written reports that may be issued to external agencies such as the police, procurator-fiscal and Maritime and Coastguard Agency. These investigations may involve travel on land, sea or air.
    • Participation in clean-up operations after a pollution incident. Note this is primarily in the role of Onsite Supervisor (MCA Level 3 Oil Spill Onsite Supervisor) and you will be required to drive Council vehicles to tow and deliver response equipment. As Onsite Supervisor you are responsible for on-site decision making, to be later confirmed with management.
    • When suitably qualified, act as on-scene manager taking appropriate decisions as required.
    • Liaise with environmental agencies and support services during an incident and feedback to senior management.

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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Additional Information

  • The grade of this post is J
  • Salary shown in the advert is based on 37 hours per week and is inclusive of Distant Islands Allowance of £2,742 per annum (pro rata)
  • Permanent Full Time post for 42.0 Hours per Week (37 hours plus 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
  • You must have the ability to travel throughout Shetland at short notice and where public transport is limited
  • We are happy to talk flexible working
  • Candidates will have an Officer of the Watch qualification

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 at The Port Administration Building, Sella Ness

For further details relating to this post, please contact: Ross Gordon, Deputy Harbour Master - 01595 744202 -

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

Information about Shetland

Shetland is an archipelago in the north of the British Isles where you'll find freedom, wildlife and wild beauty, but also a rich culture and dynamic, forward-looking society. The Islands have a thriving and diverse economy full of opportunities and offer residents the ideal work/life balance. Shetland combines stunning coastal landscapes and wide open spaces with friendly, bustling island communities. Factor in Shetland's impressive modern amenities, highly regarded schools and the Islands offer a work life balance rarely found elsewhere.

Find out more about:

Living and working in Shetland: here

The Shetland Islands Council: here



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