Admiralty Pilot HMNB Clyde

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  • Employer:
    Ministry of Defence
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  • Job Title:
    Admiralty Pilot HMNB Clyde
  • Salary:
    £42,406 a year
  • Location:
    Faslane Port

1. Admiralty Pilots are part of the Queens Harbour Master (QHM) organization and are employed to enable QHM to discharge his statutory duties to ensure the safe movement of vessels within the Dockyard Ports of Clyde.

2. Admiralty Pilots are accountable to the Queens Harbour Master (QHM) through the Chief Admiralty Pilot/Port Operations Manager (CAP/POM) for the conduct of their duties.

3. The Primary role of an Admiralty Pilot is to provide pilotage support to commanding officers of designated ships within the Dockyard Port of Clyde in accordance with approved procedures, statutory instruments and National Occupational Standards for Marine Pilots. This service may range from providing advice to Commanding officers and bridge teams of Her Majesty’s Ships to taking full conduct of Royal Fleet Auxiliary and commercial vessels.

4. To assume full responsibility for the safe navigation of any of Her Majesty’s Ships being moved without power utilising tugs and assets.

5. Advise Commanding Officers and Masters of vessels requiring pilotage information relevant to the Dockyard Port of Clyde and other MOD establishments on the West coast.

Additional information

1. As an Admiralty Pilot (Trainee) you will be required to follow and successfully complete the Admiralty Pilot Training Scheme. This will require you to observe and conduct a number of acts of pilotage with a qualified Admiralty Pilot. You will also undertake tug handling training. During the training period you will be required to record training and experiences. You will also be expected to successfully complete 2 examinations before gaining your Limited Ships Pilot Licence and a further practical examination before achieving your All Ships Pilot Licence.

2. On successful completion of the training scheme you will be expected to work within a roster system to provide pilotage support 24/7 365 days a year to a maximum of 2400 hours per annum.

3. In order to maintain a high standard of competence in all aspects of their duties Admiralty Pilots are required to undertake continuous professional development and MOD mandatory training.

4. Carry out additional tasks under the instruction of CAP/POM such as port familiarization runs for Commanding officers and bridge teams, attend meetings and other general pilotage related tasks.

5. You will also be required to qualify as a compass adjuster and undertake compass adjustments for MOD vessels.

6. You may be required to undertake short term detached duties.

7. The successful applicant will be required to wear uniform in accordance with the Admiralty Pilot and Harbour Control Service handbook.

Person specification

Previous Command or senior deck officer experience 
Ship handling experience 

pilotage experiance 
tug handling experiance 
Knowledge of the waters within the Dockyard Port of Clyde


Full UK driving licence


STCW II/2 Masters Certificate of competency or equivalent 
Seafarers medical certificate (ENG1)


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Delivering at pace
  • Making effective decisions
  • Leading and communicating
  • Building capability for all
  • Delivering value for money
  • Managing a quality service

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Pensions Statement 

You will be entitled to choose between a defined benefit pension scheme or a stakeholder pension with an employer contribution.


Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.
The post does not offer any assistance with relocation expenses

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