Description of Duties:
• Master of a tug or towing vessel.
• Vessel Security Officer (VSO) in charge of implementing and maintaining the AWO Alternative Security Program.
• Serve as Officer in Charge of the Navigation Watch.
• Assess and maintain vessel seaworthiness.
• Ensure the availability and serviceability of required life saving equipment.
• Verify the serviceability of all installed fire detection and fire fighting systems and equipment.
• Require accommodations to be maintained in safe, clean condition at all times.
• Provide clear direction to subordinates.
• Prepare periodic performance evaluations for subordinates.
• Maintain vessel and crew readiness for emergency responses.
• Conduct and report the results of periodic vessel audits and inspections.
• Operate and maintain the assigned vessel in accordance with the quality, safety, security and environmental protection policies and procedures in the Vessel Operations Manual.
• Organize and conduct required training, drills and exercises.
• Complete, submit and maintain required records, logs and reports.
• Ensure adequate vessel manning and watches.
• Project a positive company image and maintain professional, amicable relationships with customers, pilots, terminal personnel and the public at all times.
• Other duties as may be assigned by the General Manager or his/her designated representative.
• Current U.S. Coast Guard license for Master of Towing Vessels, with appropriate tonnage rating and radar endorsement.
• Current U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential, any rating.
• STCW Certification (offshore towing only).
• Valid Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC).
• High school diploma or equivalent.
• Pass pre-employment drug test.
• Pass pre-employment physical.
• Minimum one year serving as Master or Mate of towing vessels.
The unpredictable, ever-changing and inherently dangerous nature of tug and towing operations require the Captain to be physically qualified to ensure his/her own safety, as well as that of the vessel and crew. Specific physical requirements include:
• Adequate vision (i.e., absent any color blindness or impairment that cannot be corrected with prescription lenses).
• Adequate hearing.
• Capable of walking and standing on wet surfaces for extended periods of time.
• Able to handle heavy lines and operate heavy machinery.
• Ability to climb a 12-foot ladder without assistance.
• Ability to hoist oneself up and over a 12-inch wide, 6 foot high barrier.
• Sufficient strength to:
o Lift 100 lbs. from deck to waist level;
o Lift 50 lbs. from deck to shoulder level;
o Lift 35 lbs. from deck to overhead; and
o Pull (drag) 120 lbs. at least 20 feet.