Harbour Master (HPTO Ferry Manager)

Job description

The Department for Infrastructure is responsible for the maintenance, development and planning of critical infrastructure in Northern Ireland. Through its focus on water, transport and planning, the Department is seeking to manage and protect over £30 bn of public assets that improve people’s quality of life, reduce our impact on the planet by living sustainability and decarbonising key services, and building prosperity by driving inclusive productivity. The Department has a vast and wide-ranging remit. Its responsibilities are grouped into three key delivery areas: Water, Transport and Planning..


  • Harbour Master for DfI controlled areas at Strangford and Portaferry
  • Ensuring good practice for port marine operations and jetties and that harbour areas are maintained in a safe condition
  • Carry out harbour area routine inspections and maintenance in accordance with current Quality Management System
  • Arranging inspection and maintenance of the ferry service navigational lights and reporting to the Commissioners of Irish Lights
  • Maintain Domestic Ships Management (DSM) system documents
  • Preparing business cases and contract documents when necessary
  • Providing a safe and effective service, acting as the 'Designated Person' for operation of the Ship Safety Management System and maintaining conformity with the System, including liaising with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)
  • Management and control of ferry crews through the three Shift Mangers and thereby ensuring that vessels sail in accordance with the published schedule of departures
  • Managing the maintenance of vessels to conform to MCA and Lloyds Register requirements; ensure safe working environment for land-based ferry maintenance staff and act as the Engineers agent for all contract work
  • Ensuring provision of relevant and timely information on cancellations
  • Providing a safe working environment for all staff, ensuring custody of all monies received, lodgements are made intact and in a timely manner
  • Acting as premises officer for the ferry terminal building
  • Acting as on-scene commander during execution of the Contingency Plan for Marine Pollution Preparedness and Response
  • This list is not exhaustive.

Skills and Qualifications

Essential Skills

  • Applicants must, by the closing date for applications have: 1. At least an ONC/D or BTEC Ordinary National Certificate/Diploma in an engineering discipline.
  • AND 2. At least 2 years post-qualification experience of working within an engineering discipline gained within the past 5 years. AND 3. At least one years experience of management of staff or resources.
  • AND 4. Access to a form of transport, which will permit the post holder to meet the requirements of the post in full including attending the harbour area within 1 hour when required.

Further Information

NICS Application form only. Vacancy closing date 1st March 2024 at 12 noon. Applications from females, young people (people under the age of 35), people with a disability and people from minority ethnic communities are particularly welcomed for this post. The Northern Ireland Civil Service is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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Job Sector
Public Sector
Co Down
Downpatrick, Rathkeltair House
£32,880 - £34,011 per annum (under review)
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Weekly hours
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Closing date
Monday to Friday

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