As a Port Operative, you will have a key role in enabling businesses to deliver their cargo on time and safely. Goods can include any items imported to, or exported from the UK, such as cars, food, manufactured goods and raw materials and the work you will do depends on the type of ship or cargo. Operatives in larger ports tend to specialise, but smaller ports will often require you to perform a wide range of duties.
Port operatives may be involved in:
- Loading, unloading, handling and securing cargo
- Warehousing, storage and retrieval
- Roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessel operations
- On-shore mooring and vessel handling operations.
- Passenger operations
- Workplace transport operations,
- Infrastructure operations
- Operate heavy machinery, operate specialised port operating equipment and lifting and handling equipment
Port Operatives may work onboard any type and size of vessel in a port. Typically working in teams under the direction of a supervisor you will be an essential part of the core function of a port. Working hours may include unsocial hours and working outdoors in inclement weather is likely.
A Port Operative’s role is usually broken down into cargo and passenger roles:
- Cargo Operatives safely and efficiently load and discharge vessels. Handling cargo commodities including break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, Ro-Ro and containers, they enable the onward movement of all cargo types to warehousing and storage operations.
- Passenger, Ferry and Cruise Operatives safely and efficiently load and unload passengers, their baggage and vehicles from vessels. Monitoring travel documentation and assisting security procedures such as search and screening, they have a direct role in responding to emergencies and in assisting passengers and third parties in the event of an emergency. They interact directly with members of the public as well as trade customers and are required to demonstrate a high degree of customer care.