Port Operative

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Port operatives are based in small or large ports and harbours and carry out a range of tasks involving handling cargo, passengers or marine craft. This can involve operating equipment and driving vehicles.

The Work

There are three main areas that come under the term port operative:

As a stevedore you could be:

As a marine operative you could be:

As a passenger operative you could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting salary for port operatives is usually around £15,000 a year. This can rise up to around £20,000 a year for passenger operatives, £25,000 for marine operatives and £30,000 for stevedores.


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What Does it Take?

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Getting On


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Maritime Skills Alliance

The Maritime Skills Alliance designs and promotes qualifications and apprenticeships for the UK’s maritime sector.

Port Skills and Safety
Tel: 020 7260 1790

Skills for Logistics
Tel: 01179 278807
Twitter: @skill_logistics

Skills for Logistics is a not-for-profit organisation which is committed to providing employers, training providers, individuals, policy makers and key organisations with consultancy, information and advice on skills development, training and sector intelligence.

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