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Manager, Port Operations & Deputy Harbour Master

Prince Rupert Port Authority


The Port of Prince Rupert is located on the scenic North Coast of British Columbia. As Canada’s second largest West Coast port, the Port is strategically situated on the Pacific Rim, with the deepest natural harbour in North America and direct connections to the North American continent by CN Rail’s network reach. Its facilities include modern, high-throughput coal and grain terminals, two cruise terminals and an innovative, intermodal container terminal anchoring the fastest and most reliable trade corridor on the West Coast.

Prince Rupert is home to amazing wildlife and wilderness adventures, unique history and cultural experiences, and the spectacular scenery of the rugged Coast Mountain Range and the Great Bear Rainforest. Easily accessible by air, rail, cruise ship, ferry or car, Prince Rupert’s attractions include First Nation cultural works of art, fine North Coast galleries and boutiques, parks and walking trails, restaurants and coffee shops. A balanced lifestyle might include enjoying a round of golf on the golf course or spending time out on the water kayaking, fishing, or taking in the scenery. Reasonable housing costs, organized sports, volunteer opportunities, modern recreation facilities, community groups and festivals all contribute to a comfortable and fulfilling lifestyle for those living in this community.

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The Manager, Port Operations & Deputy Harbour Master assists the Director, Port Operations & Harbour Master in maintaining safe, orderly and efficient marine operations through adherence to prescribed orders and standards, and conventional marine operating procedures. The incumbent assists in the smooth and efficient turnaround of all vessels calling on the Port by close co-ordination with shipping agents, terminal operators, BC Coast Pilots, Pacific Pilotage Authority and local agencies.

The Manager, Port Operations & Deputy Harbour Master is appointed Deputy Harbour Master for all the waters of Prince Rupert Harbour as detailed in Schedule A of the Letters Patent for the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA). As Deputy Harbour Master, 2 | Page he/she supports the Director, Port Operations & Harbour Master and acts as Harbour Master on direction as required by the Director, Port Operations & Harbour Master.


  1. Maintains and updates the Port Information Guide which contains the approved Practice and Procedures.
  2. Protects the interests and assets of the Port through the application of all acts, regulations, by-laws and terms of agreements, which relate to Port land and responsibilities.
  3. Maintains the safe utilization of all Port facilities and properties. Monitors the Port to maintain safe, orderly and efficient marine operations through adherence to prescribed orders and standards, and conventional marine operating procedures. Assists in the smooth and efficient turn-around of all vessels calling on the Port by close co-ordination with shipping agents, and all Federal, Provincial, and local agencies.
  4. On a weekly rotating or periodic basis, remains on call after regular office hours to respond to Port Operations and Security requirements and/or emergency call-outs.
  5. Advises the Director, Port Operations & Harbour Master on all nautical matters to ensure that current and planned Port developments are efficient and safe, and in compliance with nautical operational and navigational convention.
  6. Ensures that procedures for the transportation and storage of dangerous goods and explosives within Port limits are maintained, and monitors compliance with such procedures.
  7. Provides input into the development of marine operations standard operating policies and procedures to improve efficiency and safety of marine and marine related operations.
  8. Assists in the preparation of business and strategic plans.
  9. Ensures continuous monitoring of vessel movements within the Port, including the assigning of berths and anchorages.
  10. Co-ordinates safe operations to ensure the safe passage and operation of all vessels in Port limits by assigning berths at Port facilities and anchorages within the harbour and maintaining control of the transit of Dangerous Goods according to regulations and policies.
  11. Maintains historical information and statistics on the movement and location of vessels and dangerous goods within Port limits, reporting on significant trends.
  12. Enforces and/or ensures compliance with the Canada Marine Act, Canada Port Authority Operating Regulations and Prince Rupert Port Authority Practices and Procedures.
  13. Is responsible for, and capable of operating, all vessels belonging to the Prince Rupert Port Authority.
  14. Advises Port staff on marine and Port facility operational matters.
  15. As directed by the Director, Port Operations & Harbour Master, provides support to the organization in accomplishing its objectives through advice on marine and operational matters, special projects and the development and updating of the Port’s strategic plans and budgets as well as any other assignments.
  16. Manages the Port’s tide, current and meteorological equipment operations and initiatives along with any other eNavigation initiatives in the Port.
  17. Assists with the preparation of specifications, tenders, submissions for approval as required for marine operations related capital improvement of Port facilities, in compliance with Port policy.
  18. Develops a Marine Operations budget for approval and, when approved, monitors and controls expenditures for port operations.
  19. Provides technical assistance, and supervision, as required, on Capital Works projects undertaken by the Port.
  20. Performs other miscellaneous duties as directed and assigned.


  • Divides works between an office environment and in the field (outdoors, on, in and around all Port-related property)
  • Regular, Full-Time position (37.5 hours per week)
  • Regular working hours are Mondays to Fridays, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM with 1 hour lunch break
  • On call after office hours on weekly rotating or periodic basis and 24/7 for marine operations incidents and/or marine related emergencies.
  • Physical efforts needed: climbing ladders, lifting or pulling heavy objects
  • Some exposure to dirt, oil, noise, wet weather, and cold temperature


Formal Education

  • Post-secondary diploma or university degree
  • Sound knowledge of Canada shipping and marine industry
  • Ability to obtain certificates related to Enforcement Officer and Transport Canada security clearance
  • Master Mariner (or equivalent), or foreign going vessel experience a definite asset

Related Experience

5 to 7 years’ of related at-sea experience

Other Requirements

  • Strong spoken and written communication skills
  • Good leadership skills
  • Strong consultation, facilitation and coaching skills
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and organizational skills
  • Superior judgment and tact in dealing with sensitive issues and confidential information
  • Excellent relationship building skills. Able to establish and maintain effective working relationship with subordinates, peers and superiors.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and to effectively handle changing priorities
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated. Works well individually as well as in a team environment.
  • Creative and intuitive thinker • Strategic and visionary thinker. Demonstrates commitment to the Port’s Vision.
  • Resilient. Embraces change and thrives on change.
  • Thrives in high-paced entrepreneurial environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Possess a minimum Class 5 BC Driver’s License and willing to provide abstract

Individuals of aboriginal descent are strongly encouraged to apply. Interested candidates are requested to submit their application in confidence by December 02, 2016 to:

Director, Human Resources
Prince Rupert Port Authority
200 – 215 Cow Bay Road
Prince Rupert, B.C., V8J 1A2
Fax: (250) 627-8980
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