Working with maritime employers to shape the regional and national maritime skills agenda.

Apprenticeships are a key element of Government policy, targeting the creation of three million new apprenticeships by 2020 and overseeing increased employer investment and involvement in skills training.

Port Academy Liverpool recently worked with Liverpool John Moores University and other education partners to develop simplified apprenticeship standards from Levels 2 to 7 in maritime-related subjects.

Through the Maritime SuperSkills Project, the Liverpool City-Region (LCR) invested in supporting businesses to develop high-level apprenticeship standards in line with City-Region growth sectors. Our education consortium enabled maritime-focused employers to map and develop a complete pipeline of maritime/logistics/advanced manufacturing skills progression from Levels 3/4 (advanced/higher apprenticeships) through to Masters Level 7 (Degree Apprenticeships).

3 occupational standards were developed as part of this project;

  • Marine Technical Superintendent

    The Marine Technical Superintendent is a shore-based, technical role responsible for the safe and economic operation of a fleet of vessels. They oversee vessel performance and are responsible for the technical and operational condition of vessels from an engineering perspective, including the planning and execution of refit and fleet time maintenance programmes, implementing and monitoring compliance and ensuring vessels are fully certified according to international maritime legislative requirements and classification society regulations.

    Traditionally, entrants to the role would have previous experience as a Chief Engineer, but the duties and responsibilities of the Marine Technical Superintendent are significantly broader than those of a sea-going Chief Engineer. It requires entrants to develop advanced skills in leadership and management, financial and commercial proficiency, project management expertise and the potential to capitalise upon the application of advanced manufacturing techniques and emerging technologies, including the cybersecurity of digital engineering systems.

  • Marine Surveyor

    This occupation is found in the commercial and leisure maritime sectors, including maritime regulators, classification societies, small commercial vessel certifying authorities, port authorities, marine insurers, brokers and consultancy companies, including large, medium-sized and small employers. The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide independent verification, by close inspection or examination of a ship or other vessel, its structure, machinery, systems and equipment, to ensure that the subject ship or vessel complies with established and known standards of, and regulations for: construction, stability, outfitting, equipping, safety and operation.

    The purpose of the marine survey may be to establish the condition and value of the ship or vessel (or parts or damage or repairs thereto), but also the ship’s or other vessel’s suitability and fitness for proceeding to sea, including – where required – appropriate certification for same. In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a wide range of marine professionals, including: the Master (Captain), Chief Engineer and crews of ships or other subject vessels; client or subject company representatives (such as Marine Superintendents, Brokers, Administrators and Managers); maritime regulators (such as Maritime and Coastguard Agency officials, Classification Society officials, naval architects and marine engineers and Certifying Authority specialists); insurance loss adjusters; and commercial or private clients and their representatives, including lawyers. While much of the planning for a survey is undertaken in an office environment, the surveys themselves are undertaken onboard the subject ship or other vessel, either in port (alongside a quayside or in a dry dock) or – from time-to-time – underway at sea.

    A Marine Surveyor is expected to maintain a level of personal drive and fitness to work outside in all weathers, and to inspect all parts of a ship or small vessel, including safe working at heights and in confined spaces. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for providing professional services of expert survey (close examination and inspection for verification of standards) of ships or other vessels, including planning for and safe conduct of the survey itself, and production and presentation of written and oral reports of the survey’s results and outcomes, including high-quality documents that will provide evidence, imagery, conclusions, recommendations and, where required by the purpose, relevant valuations.

    A Marine Surveyor may work alone, jointly with equivalent Surveyors for other interested parties, or in company with other surveyors for whom she or he could be responsible. Working to the instructions provided and from her or his own professional knowledge, the Marine Surveyor will have significant autonomy for the planning, sufficient and safe conduct and reporting of the survey. In conduct of a survey, the Marine Surveyor may have to manage work in way or wake undertaken by others, including ship’s staff or technical contractors.

  • Harbour Master

    This occupation is found in the maritime sector in ports, harbours and marinas of varying size, from a major gateway for international trade to a single jetty jutting out into a river or sea. A port is a location on the coast that can be used to load and unload cargo; a harbour is a place on the coast where vessels may seek shelter; a marina is a port for leisure craft. Ports are used for a variety of purposes including recreation, commercial trade and defence. Employers range from private, trust, the state and local authorities.

    The broad purpose of the occupation is to enforce regulations and industry codes of practice in a particular port, harbour or marina in order to ensure the safety of vessel navigation, the security of the harbour, the protection of the marine environment, and the safe operation of the port facilities.

    The Harbour Master is accountable to the Duty Holder (a person whose sole responsibility is to ensure that the port complies with the Port Marine Safety Code) for the safety of navigation within the harbour jurisdiction and to the Board for marine governance. In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with ship masters, enforcement officers, stakeholders, tenants, members of the public, agents, customers, marine pilots as well as port operations and commercial staff. The occupation is found both in office-based environments as well as outside in all weathers and may be conducted both on and off the water.

    Harbour Masters hold ultimate decision-making responsibility at all times, day or night, but may delegate authority to their deputies and/or assistants. In their daily work, an employee in this occupation leads a team of marine employees who may deputise or assist in undertaking the responsibilities of managing the harbour with delegated duties in the absence of the Harbour Master.

    A Deputy Harbour Master will be empowered with the full authority of the Harbour Master when deputising in the absence of the Harbour Master; an Assistant Harbour Master will have areas of responsibility defined by the Harbour Master and report directly to the Deputy Harbour Master or Harbour Master. Harbour Masters are empowered by statute to issue Directions and Notices to Mariners to ensure the safety of all harbour users, to review, implement and enforce policy applicable to the area of jurisdiction. They investigate marine accidents and incidents and can make recommendations in order to improve safety.

    An employee in this occupation will be responsible for running a port through powers and responsibilities granted by statute. The Harbour Master has the power to permit vessels to enter or leave the port, as well as overseeing vessel traffic movement in the port approach and in the port area.

    More generally, Harbour Masters oversee the planning and execution of port marine operations such as designating where vessels should lie within the harbour, vessel traffic management services, the provision of pilotage services, conservancy and any other marine-related operation. They work in close cooperation with commercial partners to ensure the maximum utilisation of port facilities as well as co-ordinating and managing responses to port incidents and emergency situations.