Port of Dover


Marine Engineering




One month ago

Closing date:

04 September 2022

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Job Purpose

• To provide technical advice and support to the Master at all times.
• To be responsible for the safety and efficiency of all mechanical machinery, electrical equipment and hydraulic systems on the vessel.
• To ensure clear, positive communication and understanding is maintained with the shore based Superintendent, on all matters technical.

Duties of the Post Holder
• To take all possible precautions to prevent any form of environmental pollution.
• Able to provide the marine engineering skills and competencies, necessary to support a 24 hours towage service (including additional call out support when required).
• Able to monitor,maintain and repair (if possible) all of the vessel’s electrical, mechanical and hydraulic systems, assemblies and equipment.
• Able to understand the engine management systems, fault codes and diagnose associated problems
• To always enact safe working practises and ensure a safe work environment at all times.
• To monitor and report to the Master immediately any damage, undue wear or unsafe condition of any of the vessel’s equipment.
• To report and record defects inline with VSM procedures
• To oversee and plan all bunkering, oil and bilge waste operations
• To undertake all relevant planned maintenance and be fully versed in the use and application of the port’s planned maintenance system.
• To provide engineering support to the pilot boats operated by the Port of Dover
• To record, monitor and maintain accurate fuel, oil and lubricants register.
• To retain, be aware and keep up to date with all relevant engineering information, legislation and requirements of statutory bodies, taking appropriate action as necessary.
• To always ensure sufficient fuel, spares etc. are held on board to sustain at least 24 hours continuous operations.
• To support the Technical Superintendent as requested, with any technical or engineering works related to the Port vessels
• To actively participate in ship yard repairs and maintenance periods
• To actively input and support reviews of the VSM system, particularly in respect to technical procedures and risk assessments
• To provide reports when required and carry out any other necessary relevant routine administrative duties.
• Capable of undertaking mooring operations on deck as required
• Able to provide back up to the master and mate in respect of operational requirements
• Assist with general cleaning of accommodation / Engine room.

Generic Duties
• Any other duties assigned by the manager or supervisor from time to time. Such duties will be reasonable in relation to the job holder’s skills, abilities and status.
• To comply with environmental instructions and to identify potential risks to the environment, or areas where environmental impact can be reduced.
• To comply with all safety instructions and to accept responsibility for your own safety and the safety of others who may be affected by what you do. To identify potential risks in the work area, and to report such risks promptly to management.

Fully literate and numerate
GCSE or equivalent in English, Maths and Science.

Minimum of 3 years service as 2nd Engineer.

Excellent maintenance and problem solving skills

Previous experience of working with small vessels

Can work well under pressure, act quickly and decisively using sound judgement

Vessel based team management role, i.e. Chief or Second Engineer with a team leadership background

Excellent working knowledge of tugs and dredgers and the systems commonly found onboard

Technical and routine report writing

Specialist Skills and Knowledge
Minimum STCW Certificate 111/2 Chief Engineer
Motor < 6,000KW near-coastal.

Good working Knowledge of the ISM code, Health and Safety Legislation and MARPOL.

STCW Certificate 111/2 Chief Engineer Motor Unlimited

Experience of hydraulic and electrical engineering.

Basic welding and fabrication skills
Knowledge of Port of Dover
Administration Systems

General Skills and Abilities

Flexible attitude to work

Safety orientated

Enthusiastic and pro- active attitude

Good planning and organisational qualities

Good communication, analytical and leadership skills

Ability to work unsupervised and motivate others

Physically able to carry out routine maintenance tasks

Computer literate and able to work PM systems and other programs with training

Good knowledge of English language

Previous Tow Winch and deck operations

General Comments
Must either live within 1 hours travelling distance or be prepared to live in locally provided accommodation

About us:

​The Port of Dover is Europe's busiest ferry port, handling 33% of UK-EU trade, worth £144bn per annum. Each year more than 2 million freight vehicles, 2 million tourist vehicles and 10 million passengers pass through the Port. We also welcome more than 120 cruise ships, 150 cargo vessels and 4,000 leisure craft in our marina each year. But we’re not just about trade and transport. We have a vibrant and growing property portfolio and are transforming the waterfront with new amenities and activities that are making Dover a great place to live, work and enjoy under the famous White Cliffs.

Providing the infrastructure to support this diverse and busy 24/7 operation requires a dedicated team of people working in a diverse range of roles. We are committed to developing the skills and industry knowledge of our employees to enhance performance and support the achievement of our business objectives.

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The Port of Dover seeks a Port Vessel Unit (PVU) Engineer

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