· Responsible for the safe and reliable operation of primary tug, fleet of 5 dry bulk open hopper barges, and 2 assist tugs if needed
· On call 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days per year to respond to vessel casualties or other emergencies
· Coordinate procurement of vessel equipment, supplies, parts and services in working with purchasing staff
· Work directly with vessel crew and shore-side staff to ensure they have the skills and resources necessary to achieve the company’s engineering, human resources, operational, quality, safety, security and environmental goals.
· Communicate effectively with the boat crew and shore-side staff. Act as a resource in fielding safety suggestions and proposed Corrective and Preventive Actions.
· Responsible for Regulatory compliance on assigned vessels including Safety and Environmental Protection, Domestic and International Law, Regulation Policies, Procedures and complying with AWO (American Waterways Operators) Code and any other standards that the company may elect to follow.
· To conduct regular onboard inspections and follow up till findings are closed out.
· Assist in Incident investigation for all incidents, accidents and near misses. Keep the Operations /Fleet Manager updated on all current class and regulatory legislations, and safety / pollution prevention issues.
· Report to the Fleet Manager with regard to the performance of all shore-side support entities, programs and systems, including:
· Other duties as may be assigned
Skills & Requirements
Education, Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities Required:
· Minimum license: 200 Ton Master, inland, with towing and radar endorsement
· Bachelor’s Degree, Preferably from a Maritime College/Univerisity
· TWIC card
· Previous experience as Master of a twin screw tug engaged in barge towing
· Must be able to direct, evaluate, and correct performance of subordinates
· Ability to work various hours and holidays/weekends
· Willingness and ability to be flexible and creative
· Must meet “fit for duty” requirements upon job offer (pre-employment physical and drug test)
· The employee must meet physical requirements including but not limited to, walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, climbing up/down ladders and stairs, negotiating uneven and moving surfaces
· Must be physically fit enough to pull heavy lines/hoses, lift, carry heavy items, climb onto barges and up and down ladders.
· Must be able to work in difficult conditions with exposure to all weather conditions (rain, ice, snow, wind, heat, etc.)
· Must be comfortable working aboard boats and barges using heavy lines, winches, and mechanical tools for repairs
· Ability to lift up to 75 pounds and work at protected heights up to 160 feet.
· Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.