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Stevedore (Port Operative)


Job Description

Stevedores are involved with transfer of cargo between ship and shore using equipment such as cranes for loading/unloading containers and other cargo or it could be manual handling of customers baggage onto trailers and operating vehicles such as heavy goods vehicles, fork lift trucks and electric trolleys.  You may actually be helping passengers to board and disembark from ships. 

Entry Requirements

Although there are are no set requirements, you will have to pass a medical exam. You may require a driving licence, and colour-normal vision is essential.

Prior experience of operating cranes, forklift trucks or driving goods lorries will be useful in obtaining work as a stevedore - loading and unloading ships.

Marine operatives, may need firefighting, sea survival and boat handling certificates and some basic experience with radio communications and small marine craft will help. Local marinas may have information about courses or you could look for training providers with the Royal Yachting Association.

If you want to be involved in passenger operations, you’ll need to demonstrate good customer service enjoy working with people. Foreign language skills may also be beneficial.

Required Skills

Port Operatives need:

  • a good level of physical fitness
  • the ability to work at heights
  • willingness to work unsociable hours
  • good communication skills
  • to be able to work well in a team
  • the ability to work on your own initiative

Starting Salary

£15,000 to £25,000

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