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  • Post Date:17th March 2023
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Job Description

Role Title: Lighterman

Location: Charlton SE7 7SU

Line Manager: Senior Operations Controller

About us

Founded in the mid–late 1800s and incorporated over 125 years ago in 1896 as W.M. Cory & Son, Cory has evolved from a coal distribution company on the river Thames into one of the UK’s leading recycling and waste management companies.

We are excited to be recruiting for the position of Lighterman. The primary purpose of this role is to assist the Captain and Mate in all aspects of a safe and efficient towage operation, including but not limited to the maintenance of safety equipment on both tug and barges, the making up of tows and the mooring/unmooring of barges at wharves and buoys. There will also be an element of wharf-based working attached to the role.

Typical duties

  • The mooring, unmooring, and making up tows of barges in a safe and seamanlike manner.
  • Full compliance with all international, national, local and company safety and environmental legislation, regulations, codes, procedures, and guidance.
  • The maintenance of all safety equipment on the tug.
  • Pumping out the compartments in barges as directed by the Captain.
  • Reporting of all incidents and safety hazards in accordance with the specified procedure.
  • Reporting of any defects on the tug and/or barges to the appropriate person.
  • Full participation in emergency exercises.
  • Assisting in the training of apprentices.
  • To undertake any other duties that are relevant to the position.

Essential skills and experience

  • Boatmaster Licence (T1 L2) or equivalent.
  • Fire Fighting (STCW or BML approved)
  • Personal Sea Survival Techniques.
  • First Aid.
  • GMDSS radio licence
  • Flexible working – travel to London Wharves will be required as necessary.

Desirable skills and experience

  • Waste management (waste oils/WEE/hazardous materials)
  • Small Ships Radar
  • Lighterage/Marine Civil Engineering industry experience
  • Towage experience/endorsement
  • Marine licensing
  • Manual Handling
  • IT Skills


  • Boatmaster Licence (T1 L2) or equivalent.
  • Fire Fighting (STCW or BML approved)
  • Personal Sea Survival Techniques.
  • First Aid.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send your CV to with the subject heading LIG -23.

Closing date for this vacancy is: 31st March 2023

Cory operates an Equal Opportunities Policy.