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Port Captain

Job ID: 106922
Location: USA Cape May
Salary: $96,000 - $108,000 per Year
Status: Full Time
JobLevel: Executive
Company: Delaware River and Bay Authority
Contact: Gregory T. Chambers
Address: PO Box 78
New Castle, DE 19720
Phone: 302-571-6387
Fax: 302-571-6720

Job Description
Salary: $96,000 to $108,000 (Grade G)
(Commensurate with experience and skills)
Opening Date: July 2, 2014 Closing Date: Until Filled
This is a management position responsible for ensuring that Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) vessels, including the Cape May–Lewes Ferry (CMLF) fleet and the Delaware City-Salem Ferry service, are crewed, operated, and maintained in accordance with regulatory requirements, Authority standards, and customer expectations. This position acts as the lead technical advisor to the Director of Ferry Operations. Primarily responsible for the overall direction of all aspects of vessel scheduling, manning, operations, and security; crew training, hiring, discipline; and vessel and crew safety. This individual will implement standard operating procedures (SOP) and other guidelines for the operation of a safe and environmentally sound fleet; ensure all vessel personnel comply with regulatory certification and training requirements, develop and adhere to operational budgets; investigate vessel damage, environmental incidents, and personal injuries; supervise licensed and unlicensed personnel, and manage crew development and training. Coordinate regulatory interaction with CMLF system. Manages topside and life safety maintenance and repair activities. Responsible for ensuring deficiencies (835s) are corrected. Subject to 24/7 call to support ferry operations.
? Responsible to the DRBA as the CMLF representative for operational compliance with Federal and State regulatory agencies
? Ensures compliance with United States Coast Guard (USCG) vessel inspection, documentation, crew certification/licensing, navigation, training, safety, security, and drug testing requirements; and maintains records of crew certification and licensing. Coordinates documentation of Food Services personnel, and monitors currency of same
? Complies with FCC requirements for inspection of vessels, and for documentation of both vessels and personnel
? In conjunction with Port Engineer and other DRBA departments, prepares for and responds to hazardous material discharge emergencies, and ensures compliance with US EPA and NJ DEP requirements
? Responsible for the overall administration of the mandatory drug testing program for CMLF marine personnel, including providing testing schedule to the MRO, overseeing testing, providing periodic training and testing on drug awareness, maintaining required testing and training records and submitting annual reports to USCG
? Responsible for monitoring regulatory change(s) affecting ferry operation. Proposes methods to meet new requirements, and communicates with agencies regarding proposed changes and their affect on CMLF
? Follows-up on USCG 835s to ensure vessels and facilities are compliant; communicates status of outstanding requirements
? Addresses any deficiencies noted by other agencies
? Provides the highest level of customer service and professionalism to all internal and external customers
? Directs all uses of the CMLF docks; controls and coordinates ship berthing and ship movements; is responsible for safety and housekeeping of the waterfront area
? Responsible for planning, developing, and implementing all vessel operating and manning schedules to satisfy daily, seasonal, and annual traffic demands. Maintains departure schedules in automated scheduling system
? Communicates vessel and schedule changes throughout CMLF departments to ensure operational readiness
? Performs frequent traffic analysis to determine changes in traffic trends
? Establishes and maintains qualified manning levels to crew vessels (includes hiring and lay-off authority to meet operational and emergency requirements)
? In conjunction with Port Engineer, ensures vessels are ready and able to meet regulatory, maintenance, and operating requirements
? Arranges for assist tugs, pilots, and crew care as necessary during shipyard evolutions
? Assists in the development and review of CMLF marketing materials
? Responsible for the supervision of vessel captains and their crews
? Observes and certifies the individual readiness of all captains and their ability to serve in that capacity for the CMLF
? Inspects vessels and monitors crew activities on a regular basis
? Establishes written work assignments and SOP, and measures performance of same
? Conducts periodic performance evaluation of all captains and reviews quarterly performance reports for all marine personnel
? Screens, interviews, and hires all necessary deck personnel.
? Coaches and counsels
? Responsible for overall crew and individual mandatory and technical training
? Scheduling classes for training of personnel, including but not limited to: radar, fire fighting, CPR, First Aid
? Implements a comprehensive training program to improve individual and crew proficiency and performance. Promotes upgrading of qualifications to ensure ample supply of properly trained and licensed personnel is available to meet operational requirements. Identifies training needs based upon observation, regulatory requirements, and risk management statistics.
? Periodically observes fire and boat drills, reviews all vessel fire and boat drill reports, and makes recommendations for improvements to vessel masters
Safety & Security
? Responsible for monitoring and enforcing overall safety requirements for vessel operations
? Participates in safety committee and risk management activities
? Provides testimony for legal matters relating to vessel claims
? Ensures departmental incident reports are submitted in a timely and complete manner and follows up to ensure compliance with safety recommendations
? Responsible for adherence to the security plans of the DRBA and assists in the development / revision of security plans for vessels and facilities
Budgeting & Finance
? Responsible for annual budget for Marine Operations: plans, prioritizes, and prepares annual budget request to support vessel operations
? Monitors expenditures closely to ensure operations are maintained within established allocations, including closely monitoring overtime use
? Assists with negotiations of collective bargaining agreements (CBA)
? Implements and adheres to provisions of the applicable CBAs
? Develops good relations with union representatives
? Attending interdepartmental/staff meetings/seminars/conferences
? With Port Engineer, research, write specifications, and make recommendations for purchase of vessel equipment and for vessel shipyard contracts
? Ability to provide leadership and motivate shipboard and shore side personnel
? Ability, intellect, knowledge, and experience to direct, supervise, and coach a highly skilled and technical employee group
? Possess a strong background in a Safety Management System environment
? Thorough knowledge of regulations applicable to CMLF operations including, but not limited to: CFR titles 29, 33, 46, 47, and 49
? Thorough knowledge of CMLF vessels including operation of onboard equipment and maneuvering characteristics
? Expert knowledge and experience in ship-handling
? Thorough knowledge of local wind, weather, current, and tide conditions
? A high level of experience in the creation, coordination and maintenance of ferry vessel schedules and integration of vessel repair periods
? A high level of experience in the creation, coordination and maintenance of crew schedules
? Experienced in labor relations, negotiations, and grievance resolution
? Must be able to work within the community to develop good community relations
? Skilled in both verbal and written communication.
? Highly skilled in computer operation, including applications such as Microsoft Office applications, toll systems, payroll and accounting systems, and planning software such as Microsoft Project
? Ability to utilize statistical software, interpret statistical data to determine trending, and write statistical reports
? Ability to provide superior customer service to the people to whom we give assistance by responding in a courteous and efficient manner
? Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, preferably a maritime academy, or ten (10) years of experience in marine transportation with five (5) of these years as an active deck officer
? Five (5) years of experience in supervisory roles in the maritime industry
? Licensed as USCG Master of sufficient tonnage to operate CMLF vessels
? Able to obtain pilotage for the CMLF route within six (6) months
? FCC licensed radio operator
? Valid (TWIC) Transportation Workers Identification Credential
? Valid driver’s license
? Applicants will be subject to a background investigation and pre-employment physical
? Applicants must be willing and available for duty or call 24 hours a day in order to maintain continuous operation of the facility.
? Applicants will be subject to drug testing in accordance with applicable Federal regulations.
If you are interested in applying for this position please complete the on-line application at In addition, you also have the option of attaching a resume to the completed application.
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