Harbour Master

Harbour Master are responsible for controlling the manner and time in which vessels may leave or enter a harbor/port and is mainly a shore-based role.

They manage the port’s pilotage service and strictly follow the port’s regulations to ensure efficient facility use and secure navigation. Harbour Masters should have coaching and training skills as this is somewhat of a leadership role. They should also be able to build and maintain strong working relationships with staff at all levels. Time and planning management skills are essential as it will facilitate punctual running of vessels and safe journey outcomes.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Conducting formal vessel inspections covering safety equipment and general quality presentation of passenger/crew areas and facilities
  • Compiling reports and providing advice to management regarding shipboard activities

Industry facts

  • Harbour Masters usually undertake shift work and weekend work.
  • There are about 60 port operator businesses in Australia, but more than 95% of volume is handled in 20 ports, and employ approximately 4,205 people.
  • Management roles in ports require quite complex decision making based on a wide range of information from regulators, operators, traders and many others.

Entry Qualifications

Training qualification:

This position often requires a background as a master on commercial vessels, which is attained by progression through the deck-officer ranks (a combination of study and sea-time).
Several years at master level is generally recommended in order to have sufficient experience to be able to manage a port’s operation.

Estimated Salary

$99,000 – $103,000 (median $101,225)*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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