Port Operation Officer

Job Responsibilities

This role is prinicply a vessel husbandry with the aditonal of assistance to the wider Port Operations department

  1. Act as husbandry officer for CMA CGM Group vessels. This includes the co-ordination of all aspects of the port call, from making berth arrangements and marine services ahead of the vessel’s arrival to finalising the call post sailing. It will be necessary to liaise with port authorities and terminal operators as well as with CMA CGM Group head offices, to ensure all parties are kept up to date with vessel movements and productivity/progress during port calls.
  2. Ensure that all areas of CMA-CGM Group port operations run efficiently and that any local issues are overcome. Act as a focal point for internal and external customers as required.
  1. Husbandry Agent Responsibilies
  • Make all arrangements for CMA CGM Group operated vessels to berth and sail on schedule.
  • Board vessels upon arrival at berth (24/7) and during their calls as and when necessary.
  • Handle all documentation associated with vessel calls and provide to authorities as necessary.
  • Keep vessel Masters, ship managers and all other interested parties informed of vessels‘ prospects, and provide regular operational updates.
  • Arrange delivery and collection of ship's spares and supplies.
  • Arrange transport and accommodation for on/off-signing crew.
  • Issue light dues certificates.
  • Identify any opportunities for cost-savings or operational improvements
  • Liaise regularly and develop good working relationships with terminal operators, port authorities and service providers.


  1. Port Operations Responsibilities
  • Provide support for offshored functions such as cargo operations, transhipments, laden execs and PCRS
  • Arrange terminal services as required, such as inspections / cargo repacking / fumigation.
  • Terminal storage optimisation, including identifying units which are suitable for onward shipment and idle containers.
  • Check and approve invoices for payment.
  • Assist the Port Operations Manager with the collection of port related data and information.


  • Ensure compliance with all KPIs including those for Port Reporting, Loading Confirmations and PCRs.
  • Resolve all invoice queries within 7 days.
  • Prioritise workload to ensure all deadlines are met.
  • Minimise idle time of vessels alongside before and after cargo operations.
  • Ensure vessel calls, from pilot boarding, through berthing, unberthing and pilot disembarking on departure adhere to agreed times, and that all relevant stakeholders comply with CMA CGM requirements.
  • Ensure all cargo operations are completed before vessel departure.
  • Ensure compliance with all UK / international maritime laws and regulations.



  • Excellent communication standards.
  • Experience in port operations and/or ship’s husbandry is preferred.
  • Experience in container equipment management is preferred .
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to work under own direction and as part of a team.
  • High level of attention to detail.



  • Proficient in the use of MS Office applications.
  • Knowledge of CNS/Destin8 port community systems advantagous.
  • Ability to work unsociable hours.
  • Ability to work remotely when required.



  • Out of normal office hours coverage will be required, as standard.



  • Educated to GCSE/equivalent in Maths and English (Grade C or above)
  • Valid UK drivers licence required



  • Responsibility for ensuring that local Health and Safety policies and procedures are followed in order to ensure own safety and the safety of others
  • Set a very high standard of personal health and safety and represent the company’s values during any deport/terminal visits

Job location

Liverpool, England, United Kingdom