Dock Master/Trainee Dock Master

March 2024



Full Time

Dales Marine Services is a well-established national Ship Repair, Fabrication, and Engineering service provider for the marine, off and on-shore oil, gas, and renewable industries.

Our commitment to delivering excellent services in ship repair, fabrication, and engineering has propelled us into new territories and projects. As a well-established and successful company, we are expanding our team due to continued growth, long-term contracts, and increased demand for our services.

We are seeking a Dock Master/Trainee Dock Master with proven experience for our busy Aberdeen dry dock, engineering, and fabrication facility.

As part of this role, you will:

  • Demonstrate a high commitment to Health and Safety on all our sites and those of our clients.
  • Report directly to the Operations Manager.
  • Be the company’s responsible person for all aspects of the dry dock usage.
  • Study vessel docking plans and set out dock blocks in preparation of vessel docking.
  • Meet with vessel master and crew to ensure they know the requirements for their vessel docking.
  • Control and direct the squad assigned to docking any vessel so that the work is carried out correctly and safely.
  • Ensure that all vessels are correctly secured and shored in a professional and safe manner.
  • Ensure that the structure of the dock, its associated pumping systems, and the vessel support blocks are maintained.
  • Perform Gas Free testing and certification of tanks and enclosed spaces.

The successful candidate should ideally meet the following scope: -

  • The position would ideally suit a candidate with experience/career/background in ship repair.
  • Experience in the dry docking of ships and vessels would also be extremely beneficial.
  • Must be willing to travel to the Company’s other facilities around Scotland to carry out similar work.
  • Have good written and spoken English.
  • Have the right to work in the UK if not already a UK resident.
  • Be able to work in a busy and challenging ship repair yard / dry dock environment.
  • Be flexible when necessary to work extended shifts, with weekday overtime and weekend working at premium rates of pay, above the yard’s normal 39-hour working week.
  • It is likely that the candidate will be a time-served tradesperson from a shipwright, joinery, steelwork, or engineering background.
  • Driving licence essential.

The following benefits will be provided as part of the package:

  • 25 days holiday per year plus an additional 9 local/public holidays.
  • A company pension.
  • Health care plan with added dental and optical benefits.
  • Company life assurance.
  • Free on-site parking.

To apply for the above position, please submit a copy of your CV along with a cover letter to

Discover more about our company's activities by exploring our website or visiting our LinkedIn profile: Dales Marine Services Ltd: My Company | LinkedIn

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