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- 29 September 2020

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Mate – ongoing vacancies


Mate - ongoing vacancies

  • Posted Date:23rd January 2020
  • Apply Before: 31st December 2020
  • Job Category:Crew, Mate
Job Description

Bennett’s Barges are currently seeking qualified Mates to join their team of crew working on the tugs. This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate looking to develop a career on the River Thames working for a versatile and successful company.

The ideal candidate will hold the following qualifications:

  • Tier 1, Level 2 Boatmasters’ Licence
  • Current ML5 Medical or ENG 1
  • Sea Survival
  • Fire Fighting
  • First Aid
  • VHF qualification
  • Underpinning knowledge of safety management systems and the ISM Code adhering to the operational requirements of PLA, MMO and MCA

Desirable, but not essential:

  • Thames Local Knowledge Endorsement
  • Wallingford Mates Certificate

The Mate will assist the Master with the safe operations of the vessel, to include, but not limited to:

  • Assisting with all inspections prior to passage
  • Complying with:
    • River and marine method statements
    • Navigation risk assessments.
  • General vessel maintenance to include cleaning, painting, etc.
  • Assisting with maintaining appropriate paperwork with respect to operational requirements, Safety Management Systems and the ISM Code
  • Complying with Company Policies and Procedures.
  • Fulfilling Health & Safety responsibilities in accordance with the Company’s Health & Safety Policy Statement
  • Attending all training relevant to the role and operational requirements

We are looking for someone who is highly self-motivated, committed, and flexible in their approach with the ability to work effectively as part of a team and work well under pressure.

We currently operate 2 different working patterns as detailed below:

  • 48 hours per week – 4×12 hour shifts Monday – Sunday (3 days off). May include night shifts.
  • Or we offer the option to ‘live-in’ on board the tugs, either 1 week on, 1 week off or 4 weeks on, 4 weeks off.

Competitive salary and benefits. All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

To apply for this position, please submit your CV and a covering letter to