Able Seafarer/Crane Operator

Job Req ID:  288689
Posting Start Date:  25 Jun 2024

Hampshire, Hampshire, GB

Contract Type:  Full Time
Job Advertisement: 

Able Seafarer/Crane Operator
Serco Out of Port Terms
Fixed Term – 24 Months Full Time – 5 weeks on, 5 weeks off 

Competitive Salary + Benefits

Serco Maritime deliver maritime support packages tailored to our customers’ needs all delivered within a national accreditation framework.
As owners and operators of specialist vessels, from harbour workboats to oceangoing support vessels, we provide world class integrated maritime services both in the UK and abroad. Our vessels provide a range of support, which include for example: dive support, military training, submarine rescue exercises, target/test equipment deployment/recovery and passenger transfers.  
We have an opening for an Able Seafarer/Crane Operator to join our existing team and serve aboard an RFA vessel in support of an exciting project. The purpose of the role is to act as the main force of labour on your appointed Vessel.


Main Accountabilities


  • Experience in Subsea/Offshore heavy crane lifts as qualified crane operator
  • Manage crane program administration onboard vessel
  • Responsible for maintenance and certification of lifting gear and lifting gear inventory
  • Generate, review, and endorse routine and critical lifting plans
  • Assist in development of critical lift plans
  • Audit and manage contractor lifts for vessel compliance
  • Review and update database of generic and critical lift plans
  • Provide leadership to the deck crew alongside direction of the Bosun to build confidence in skill sets
  • Manage deck ratings for the purpose of lifting operations and system maintenance
  • Responsible for crane training to the required standard and assessed as competent to undertake specific duties
  • Maintain required SQEP for deck crew to build longevity in skill set
  • Maintain high standards of work ethic and lead by example
  • Berthing/Slipping of the Vessel.
  • Ship Husbandry /Operational Task
  • Cleaning Tasks as directed.
  • Drive/operate deck machinery including cranes
  • Assist in repair and routine planned maintenance of ship’s equipment
  • Machinery care, routine maintenance, and lubrication
  • To be fully conversant with the use of all safety equipment, emergency procedures and contingency plans.
  • Aware of the company Safety Management System- specifically:

o Permit to Work/Tag Out Systems

o Shipboard Management Team

o Shipboard Safety Committee

  • Be familiar with safety routines and ensure necessary safeguards are in place before any maintenance/repair work commences.


What you need to do the role?

  • MCA Certificate of Competency as an Able Seafarer
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques (5 Year Refresher Course)
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (5 Year Refresher Course)
  • STCW Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (5 Year Refresher Course)
  • STCW Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft (5 Year Refresher Course)
  • STCW Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (5 Year Refresher Course)
  • STCW Elementary First Aid
  • Unrestricted ENG1
  • Offshore Crane operator, stages 1,2 or 3 Preferred
  • Passport
  • Methodical in approach
  • Good standard of education





  • Competitive salaries with annual reviews
  • Up to 6% contributory pension scheme.
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays.
  • A range of benefits to support the health and wellbeing of you and your family such as Employee Assistance Programme, Simply Health Plans, free flu vaccines and more.
  • A Serco benefits portal offering a wide range of discounts for major high street brands in Retail, Leisure & Hospitality
  • A fantastic culture and supportive team where you’ll get the chance to make a positive difference in a company passionate about diversity and inclusion.
  • Interesting and enjoyable work.
  • Committed to professional and personal development with a wide range of training and coaching opportunities to expand your capabilities.



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At Serco, we see people first and foremost for their performance and potential. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that supports the needs of all. As such we will make reasonable adjustments at interview through to employment for our candidates and strongly encourage applications from a diverse candidate pool. We are open to discussions around flexibility and flexible working. As a proud Disability Confident Leader and holder of the Gold Inclusive Employer Standard, disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.