Ship Operator

Job Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, offering support and providing guidance to ensure the safe, compliant and reliable planning and execution of voyages. Partnering with:
  • The wider BP Group (particularly IST)
  • Teams within Shipping (Vessel Managers, Vetting & Clearance, Chartering & Commercial)
  • Functional teams (BP Shipping Legal, Finance)
  • External bodies (such as owners, brokers and agents)
  • The Masters of the vessels
  • Provide commercial expertise and marine awareness to manage risks associated with transportation of hydrocarbons, chemicals and dry bulk.
  • Management of all non-scheduling activity including day-to-day operations of allocated voyages for owned, time chartered and spot-chartered vessels in accordance with the charter party terms and BP Shipping policies and Voyage Operations Procedures, such as:
  • Management of vessel, port and berth clearances
  • Generation and issue of Voyage Orders (including load and discharge instructions).
  • Intakes optimisation and UKC compliance
  • Appointment of port agents
  • Management of Charter Parties terms
  • Identify opportunities for optimum bunker procurement
  • Make innovative commercial interventions to maximize voyage earnings and opportunities for cost savings. Drive dashboard insights that analyse these savings and learned opportunities.
  • Provide pre-fixture advice to Charterers.
  • Partner with our Integrated Supply & Trading (IST) business in order to provide commercial expertise and marine knowledge that informs their activity.
  • Support out of hours and weekend duty cover for relevant benches. Including support to the BP Shipping Incident Management Team (IMT) and Business Support Team (BST) where needed.


  • Higher education or equivalent Marine qualification
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrable agility, attention to detail and the ability to work under pressure and prioritise a varied workload
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a personable style
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as being a real team player and coach to others
  • Confident to positively challenge others and make fast, informed decisions
  • Demonstrate proactivity and a passion for spotting opportunities for change
  • Ability to work autonomously and provide day-to-day operational support to others in the team
  • Previous commercial experience (in a Shipping environment or Company) or p revious seagoing experience will be useful
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