Vessel Traffic Services Officer

Competitive salary and benefits  |  Training opportunities 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Vessel Traffic Services Officer within the Vessel Traffic Service Operations Centre, which delivers a 365 days a year service. The team is responsible for navigational safety, traffic management and protection of the port environment in accordance to the Port Marine Safety Code.


Managing Haven vessel traffic is a complex and demanding task, so we’re looking for someone who is an excellent communicator, co-ordinator and is accustomed to working effectively under pressure. Full training will be provided for the right applicant. Candidates will be required to attain an IALA V-103/1 Certificate and have an aptitude for marine navigation and logistics to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of vessels within the Harwich Vessel Traffic Services area.

As one of the UK’s largest trust ports Harwich Haven Authority is responsible for safety of navigation of all vessels using Haven Ports, which includes the largest container vessels currently in operation and in excess of 10,000 yachts that visit the area each year.

In return, and recognising the value of the role, we are offering an excellent employment package, which includes a pension, private healthcare and ongoing training opportunities.


If you have the required skills, qualifications and are passionate about working with us we’d love to hear from you.

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We are giving applicants the opportunity to discuss the role informally with our Assistant Harbour Master James Goodfellow – Tel: 01255 252313 (between 10am – 4pm).

Please send a covering letter and a copy of your CV to Human Resources Department, Harwich Haven Authority, Harbour House, The Quay, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3HH or email to [email protected]. 

We will taking applications through to Wednesday 30 January 2019.

Interviews: 13 – 15 February 2019