Harbour Master – Cowes Harbour Commission



Cowes Harbour Commission are seeking to appoint a maritime professional who is looking for a new challenge and has the experience and drive to manage the marine operations and assets at Cowes Harbour.

As part of Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) senior leadership team, the Harbour Master (HM) reports to the CHC Chief Executive for all line management responsibilities (non-statutory) and to Duty Holders for all Statutory responsibilities and pilotage requirements. As HM you will have a detailed knowledge of working within a harbour environment and be responsible for the safe operation of the harbour in accordance with the Cowes Harbour Act 1897/2012, all current health & safety legislation, shipping and environmental legislation, General Directions and comply with other official guidance such as the Port Marine Safety Code, and the Good Governance Guidance for Ports. You will also be responsible for the management of the commercial marine services team.

CHC are looking for an effective and experienced leader to maintain the safe operation of the harbour, who strives for continuous improvement, inspires positive communication, and motivates team members on a daily basis to deliver the goals set for our thriving harbour. In conjunction with the CEO, you will be required to support the achievement of the Cowes Harbour Strategic plan for the benefit of its stakeholders and to maintain and improve the organisations commercial performance.

Cowes Harbour is a Trust Port, which means it has no shareholders or other owners, but is managed for the benefit of its users. It is run by a board of 10 harbour commissioners appointed through a public selection process, who give their time on a voluntary basis. As the Commission has no shareholders, any surplus funds raised through its activities are reinvested back into the harbour and its facilities, to the benefit of everyone that uses the harbour.

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