Barge Operative

Portsmouth | Other

Barge Operative

HNMB Portsmouth P01 3LT

Competitive Salary + Benefits


Serco Maritime Services deliver maritime support packages tailored to our customers' needs all delivered within a national accreditation framework. As owners and operators of specialist vessels, from harbour workboats to oceangoing support vessels, we provide world class integrated maritime services both in the UK and abroad. 


Our vessels provide a range of support, which include for example: dive support, military training, submarine rescue exercises, target/test equipment deployment/recovery and passenger transfers. 


We have an opening for a Barge Operative at HMNB Portsmouth, the purpose of the position is to act as the main labour force aboard the vessels within the fuel section. The Barge Operative will carry out a range of duties in the task of assisting in the safe operation of the vessel or the handling of its cargo.


Please note this role is working day shifts, on this basis applicants will need tobe based locally to the port.


Main Accountabilities:


  • Deputise as the Barge Master during periods of absences.
  • Communicate effectively with office staff and customers.
  • Ability to record data accurately
  • Berthing/Slipping of the Vessel. 
  • Ship Husbandry Tasks.
  • Mooring up of the Vessel when going to anchor. 
  • Ship Operational Tasks.
  • Cleaning Tasks as directed by the Line Manager.
  • Emergency equipment and procedures and location and use of firefighting equipment. 
  • Drive deck machinery including cranes. 
  • Assist in repair and maintenance of ship's equipment.
  • Machinery care, routine maintenance and lubrication as directed by the Barge Master: 
  • Issuing and Receiving cargo
  • Valve operation
  • Hose and connector handling
  • Crane operations
  • Ensure measures to prevent pollution of the environment are exercised
  • Rope handling
  • General maintenance and ships husbandry
  • Other deck related tasking's through the port as reasonable appropriate to qualification and experience
  • To live locally and be within daily commuting distance of Portsmouth Naval Base


What you'll need to do the job: 


  • EDH Course or AB's Ticket
  • Basic Sea Survival
  • Fire Fighting
  • ENG 1 Medical.
  • Rope handling
  • Fire control training
  • First Aid
  • Sea survival
  • Crane operation
  • Health and Safety awareness
  • Managing customers and suppliers
  • Operate IT equipment.


What we offer 


  • Competitive salaries with annual reviews 
  • Up to 6% contributory pension scheme.
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays.
  • A range of benefits to support the health and wellbeing of you and your family such as Employee Assistance Programme, Simply Health Plans, Annual Leave Purchase Scheme, free flu vaccines and more.
  • Access to a huge range of discounts and exclusive deals such as Merlin Attractions, Mobile Phone discounts, Cinema discounts, Leisure, and Hospitality discounts.
  • A fantastic culture and supportive team where you'll get the chance to make a positive difference in a company passionate about diversity and inclusion.
  • Company discounts which include cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping and discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships.
  • Interesting and enjoyable work.
  • Committed to professional and personal development with a wide range of training and coaching opportunities to expand your capabilities.


This position requires applicant live locally and to be able to commute within 2 hours of Portsmouth Naval Base (no live on board option)



To discover more about our careers in Defence, meet our team, and to find out more about what we offer, please follow this Link. We're also a signatory of the UK Governments Women in Defence Charter, to find out more please click here.


Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens, we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 


At Serco, we see people first and foremost for their performance and potential. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that supports the needs of all. As such we will make reasonable adjustments at interview through to employment for our candidates and strongly encourage applications from a diverse candidate pool. We are open to discussions around flexibility and flexible working. As a proud Disability Confident Leader and holder of the Gold Inclusive Employer Standard, disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview. 



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31/07/2024 01:19:00
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