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Day to Day Life in Liverpool

Name:        Dave Conway

Position:   Pilot Launch Senior Coxswain

Site:           Marine Base, Liverpool


How long have you worked for Briggs Marine?

I’ve worked for Briggs Marine for three years and have over 40 years’ experience with Mersey Docks and Harbour Company (MDHC) and Keep Ports prior to my current role.

What does your day to day role entail?

I undertake basic mechanical maintenance and checking of launches and equipment. Routine maintenance work along with general housekeeping of launches and accommodation.  A key part of my role is maintaining log books and incident reports and providing safe embarkation and disembarkation of pilots.

What challenges do you face in your role?

The weather always poses a challenge when organising the day’s workload. Precise and careful decision making, shared amongst the other involved services helps to support decisions around service delivery and safety.

Currently we have several junior members of staff, understandably these team members require support and guidance from the senior team, but when you are busy this can be a challenge but something that we know is vital to the success of progressing the whole team.

What do you enjoy about your work?

My role within the service is varied and diverse, each day brings new challenges, which creates the opportunity for new learning. There's something varied every day; different ship's, challenging weather, local and regional waters.   Briggs has recently added several new vessels in its fleet which are equipped with modern technology; this gives us better assistance with navigation and an opportunity for to develop our skillset.  

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I have four grandchildren who I love to spend time with. I enjoy the theatre, especially the comedy performances put on at the Royal Court Theatre. Cycling is something that I also enjoy and am lucky enough to have a few local cycle tracks near where I live.