Harbour Master
Victorian Ports Corporation
Melbourne, Australia

Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) (VPCM) is a statutory authority responsible for the safe navigation of commercial vessels in Port Phillip, together with the facilitation of cruise shipping at Station Pier. Port Phillip is Melbourne’s gateway for commercial shipping and is a much-loved community asset for boating, fishing, yachting and other aquatic pastimes. VPCM provides a critical service for the international and domestic maritime trade needs of Melbourne and south-eastern Australia and last year it managed the safe passage of 3795 ship visits, including 108 cruise ship visits to heritage listed Station Pier.

Following the announcement of VPCM’s Harbour Master, Captain Roy Stanbrook’s retirement at the end of 2019, VPCM is now searching for the next Harbour Master. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Harbour Master provides strategic management of the Marine & Navigation Services Department (29 FTE) effectively ensuring continuous improvement in technology, systems and operating practices. The appointment manages the safe navigation of vessels in the Port of Melbourne waters, ensures that port services and marine assets meet strict operating standards, and that these services and assets are in compliance with the respective Acts.

Critical to success will be a working understanding of relevant maritime legislation and Australian and overseas shipping and port practices, together with highly developed emergency response management and analytical skills, underpinned by strategic communication skills. To be eligible for this rare opportunity, candidates will need a Master Class 1 Certificate of Competency or an equivalent international Master Mariner qualification recognised by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. Adept at building relationships, working collaboratively with stakeholders and balancing commercial imperatives, the Harbour Master will uphold the highest safety standards. Other requirements include exemplary judgement, integrity, resilience, a strong results orientation, and an unwavering commitment to upholding the values of the VPCM.

For a confidential discussion please contact Paul Hill or Andrea Ripani from Odgers Berndtson, the consultants advising VPCM on this appointment.

Paul Hill Andrea Ripani

+61 407 766 756 +61 428 806 805

To request the Candidate Information Book, please email VPCMharbourmaster@odgersberndtson.com

Applications close on Wednesday 18 September 2019.

Please note that pre-employment screening will apply to this appointment.

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