Profession water traffic coordinator

Water traffic coordinator manage the movements of a vessel in ports and waterways. They ensure the efficient deployment of vessels of a shipping company.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic


  • Port regulation

    Know port standards and legal regulations, based primarily on municipal laws, port laws or the Maritime Code.

  • Maritime telecommunications

    Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting equipment and overall operation of telecommunications systems.

  • Match vessels to shipping routes

    Understand how particular types of ships are transport different kinds of cargo and operate on different shipping routes. Know the current maritime routes to plan and schedule the arrival and departure of ships from ports.

  • Vessel stability principles

    Thoroughly understand the principles of vessel stability; follow safety requirements during loading and unloading of cargo.

  • Types of maritime vessels

    Know a large variety of maritime vessels and their characteristics and specifications. Use that knowledge to ensure that all security, technical, and maintenance measures are taken into account in their supply.

  • Freight transport methods

    Understand different modalities of transport such as air, sea, or intermodal freight transport. Specialise in one of the modalities and possess a deeper knowledge of the details and procedures of that modality.

  • Customs regulations for passengers

    Understand passenger customs regulations; know which official documents or declaration forms are required from different kinds of passenger.

  • Warehouse operations

    Know the basic principles and practices of warehouse operations such as goods storage. Understand and satisfy customer needs and requirements while effectively utilising warehouse equipment, space and labour.

  • Commodities in maritime transportation

    Knowledge of the most important commodities in maritime transportation, i.e. oil, grain, ore, coal and fertilisers, and their characteristics and subdivisions.

  • Principles of cargo stowage

    Understand the principles of cargo stowage. Understand procedures by which containers should be efficiently loaded and unloaded, taking into account gravitational forces that are exerted during transportation.


  • Implement cost-effective cargo handling strategies on ships

    Implement cost-effective strategies for loading and unloading of cargo on ships with the aim of maximising efficiency, reducing the resources expended, and assuring sufficient operations while increasing profit.

  • Prepare transportation routes

    Prepare routes through the addition or subtraction of routes, making changes to route frequency, and changing the service span of routes. Adjusts routes through providing additional running time to routes, adding additional capacity during periods of overcrowding (or reducing capacity during periods of low passenger numbers), and adjusting departure times in response to changes in circumstances along a given route, thereby ensuring efficient use of resources and achievement of customer relations goals.;

  • Coordinate the itineraries of vessels

    Develop, manage, and coordinate the itinerary of vessels worldwide together with other stakeholders.

  • Coordinate dock operations

    Coordinate cargo shipments in and out of dock. Position cranes and arrange containers into shipments, taking into account the exact measures and weight of each container.

  • Operate port communications systems

    Operate telephone and radio systems, and more complex communication systems used in inland waterway ports, in the coordination of port operations.

  • Manage port operations improvement procedures

    Manage all improvement procedures in port operations, including their development and implementation. Understand port activities, operations, and the way these are carried out, to manage improvement.

  • Develop efficiency plans for maritime shipping

    Arrange the most efficient use of cargo space and vessel movement; monitor the number of available cranes and dock space; and assess the physical condition of ships and impact of cargo weight on the stability of ships.

  • Load cargo onto ships

    Load and unload cargo onto ships. Oversee cargo loading and discharging operations.

  • Apply procedures to ensure cargo complies with customs regulations

    Apply the different procedures required to meet customs obligations when transporting goods across borders and arriving via ports/airports or any other logistics hub, such as producing written customs declarations. Apply different procedures for different types of goods, and ensure compliance with shipping regulations.;

  • Anticipate shipment handling requirements

    Ensure correct handling of shipment cargo; calculate cargo weight and operate cranes to move containers.

  • Ensure vessel compliance with regulations

    Inspect vessels, vessel components, and equipment; ensure compliance with standards and specifications.

  • Implement efficiency plans for logistics operations

    Implement efficiency plans developed by managers in facilities. Use techniques, resources, and training in order to improve workplace efficiency.

  • Ensure compliance with port regulations

    Enforce compliance with regulations in harbours and sea ports. Communicate with relevant authorities to identify potential risks.

  • Liaise with port users

    Communicate and cooperate with port users such as shipping agents, freight customers and port managers.

  • Manage dispatch software systems;

    Manage dispatch software systems to execute tasks such as work order generation, route planning, and other activities.

Optional knowledge and skills

act reliably show confidence comply with checklists use different communication channels perform manual work autonomously perform services in a flexible manner have computer literacy transportation methods