Barge Master

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  • No previous experience required
  • Opportunity to work on exciting marine construction projects across the UK and overseas
  • Work up from Trainee Marine Operative to Jacking Engineer and then graduation to Barge Master – expected timeframe 2-3 years

The Barge Master’s role is to support the operation of the company’s fleet of jack-up barges. The Barge Masters must comply with stringent quality, health & safety and environmental policies and management systems to ensure all plant is operated safely and in accordance with risk and method statements.

On top of operating the barge and moving it to, from and around site locations, the Barge Master is responsible for conducting and maintaining daily diaries, barge inspections, toolbox talks, daily briefings, and site movement reports. 

To be signed off as a Barge Master, you would need to achieve the following criteria: 

  • Barge familiarisation
  • Safety standards
  • Machinery familiarisation
  • Pre-Start checks
  • Jacking operations
  • Access and Egress
  • Barge moves
  • Maintenance of machinery
  • Leg lowering and pinning
  • Pre-loading
  • Daily vessel administration
  • Geotechnical knowledge
  • Emergency responses
  • Vessel operational limits
  • Stability exercises
  • Jacking up and down

In addition to the above criteria, the following certification would need to be achieved:

  • Confined space
  • Working at height
  • Slinger/Signaller
  • ENG1 / STCW Medical
  • First aid/first responder
  • RYA Powerboat L2
  • VHF communications

Information about the employer

Red7Marine is the UK’s Marine Partner of Choice within the specialist area of civil engineering. The company is a leading provider of jack-up barges to the marine construction industry with a proven track record of over 20 years.

Red7Marine operates an extensive and diverse fleet of jack-up, flat top, stabilised and modular barges ranging from 80t – 1,000T.

The company’s HQ and port side fabrication facility are both located in Ipswich. Red7Marine employees over 30 members of staff ranging in roles from Engineering, Operations, Site teams, Consultancy, Commercial and all those encompassed in between.

The company aims to dominate the nearshore renewables market and has an impressive portfolio of high-profile projects which include: The Emirates Cable Car, Coca-Cola London Eye, Thames Tideway Super Sewer, Hinkley Point C Power Station and many more.

Red 7 Marine | The Marine Partner of Choice

Barge Master

The Barge Master’s role is to support the operation of the company’s fleet of jack-up barges. The Barge Masters must...

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