VTS Operator (Flexi) - Sella Ness - SIC07314

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Job Description Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the position of VTS Operators for Ports and Harbours Operations in Sullom Voe, Shetland. A minimum of STCW Officer of the Watch (deck) Certificate is ...

Job Description

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the position of VTS Operators for Ports and Harbours Operations in Sullom Voe, Shetland.

A minimum of STCW Officer of the Watch (deck) Certificate is a requirement.  Higher qualifications and VTS 103-1 certificate would be an advantage but not essential as training will be provided.  You must be able to pass either an ENG1 or ML5 medical.  You will be able to demonstrate an ability to work as part of a team and must be able to work a 24/7 shift system

The VTS Operator provides information and instructions to vessels appropriate to the level of service provided by the VTS, and decides on the actions to be taken in response to data received on marine traffic. Reporting to the Harbour Master, the post requires a current and valid IALA V103-1 certificate as a minimum qualification in order to undertake a VTS watch.

The duties and responsibilities of the VTS Operator shall include:

  • Communication with ships by phone, email and radio to ascertain and pass on required information.
  • Operate equipment for communications, data collection, data analysis and establishment of a traffic image.
  • Transmit information
    • At appropriate times or when requested by a vessel or harbour user.
    • As may be needed to aid a ship in difficult navigational or meteorological circumstances or in case of defects or deficiencies.
  • Organise shipping traffic by means of promulgating information, traffic monitoring and traffic regulations using, as necessary, nautical knowledge of the area concerned, the traffic image and the marine information management system.

This vacancy is being advertised as a Career Graded post, which is a career development opportunity. This means that the Council is committed to supporting the successful candidate to obtain the necessary skills, abilities and knowledge to become fully competent in the role. Please see the Career Grade document attached to this advert that outlines the entry level requirements for the job and the expected career progression route. The successful candidate will be supported to become fully competent in the role and progress through the career grade. Where there is a requirement to achieve a qualification, this will be fully funded by the Council.

More detail is provided in the Job Profile, Person Specification and Conditions of Service Summary attached to the bottom of this advert.

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  • The grade of this post is H/I
  • This post is career graded - your salary and career progression will depend on your experience and qualifications
  • Salary shown in the advert is inclusive of Distant Islands Allowance of £2,742 per annum (pro rata)
  • Permanent Full Time post for 40.6 Hours per Week , 52.18 weeks per year
  • A relocation package does not apply to this post
  • We will pay interview expenses from within Shetland
  • You must have the ability to travel throughout Shetland at short notice and where public transport is limited
  • We are happy to talk flexible working

During the application process you are required to give the names of two persons not related to you, who we can contact to provide a reference to support your application.

This post is based at The Port Administration Building, Sella Ness

For further details relating to this post, please contact: Ross Gordon, Deputy Harbour Master - 01595 744202 - ross.gordon@shetland.gov.uk

If you have a disability which prevents you from applying online, please call 01595 744032.


Information about Shetland

Shetland is an archipelago in the north of the British Isles where you'll find freedom, wildlife and wild beauty, but also a rich culture and dynamic, forward-looking society. The Islands have a thriving and diverse economy full of opportunities and offer residents the ideal work/life balance. Shetland combines stunning coastal landscapes and wide open spaces with friendly, bustling island communities. Factor in Shetland's impressive modern amenities, highly regarded schools and the Islands offer a work life balance rarely found elsewhere.

Find out more about:

Living and working in Shetland: here

The Shetland Islands Council: here

The Individual

The successful candidate will be required to undergo training both locally and outwith Shetland and the position will be confirmed on the condition of passing the required professional qualifications and training.

The VTS Operator's duties will include Port Control Manning (Radar Surveillance, VHF monitoring, etc) on a watch keeping basis together with routine operations of the Port VTS service.

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