Wheelhouse personnel are responsible for supervising safe and efficient operation and performance of his crew, vessel and tow and for ensuring that the equipment is kept neat, clean and in good working order. They must also ensure that Company policies, rules and regulations are followed. Wheelhouse personnel must report to the Port Captain any and all violations of Company policy or violations of federal, state or local laws.
- Responsible for routine maintenance and operation of all machinery aboard the vessel and tow and ensure that it is in good operating condition. Also ensure that the tankermen check the barge pump engines for fuel, oil water and antifreeze.
- Must advise the office of anticipated crew shortages or overages immediately so as to enable the office to make timely manning adjustments among the fleet.
- Must instruct every crewmember to be respectful and professional towards all people at fleets, docks, locks etc.
- Must set the watch standing schedule for the wheelhouse and crew, ensuring that all crewmembers work according to watch standing regulations.
- Must post station bills and muster cards and ensure that all crewmembers are familiar with their respective stations and duties in case of an emergency.
- Complete all required training, disciplinary action forms, evaluations and other personnel-related documentation. Ensure that all injuries, or illnesses of crewmembers occurring on vessel be reported.
- Responsible for setting the safety culture on the vessel and ensure all members comply with the Company Safety Program and all training requirements. Conduct monthly drills and safety meetings in accordance with company policies and procedures.
- Responsible for reporting all accidents and spills on any Company tow or boat, other vessels or tows, fixed objects such as buoys, or damage which results in cargo loss, contamination, spills or pollution.
Required Skills, Experience, and Education:
- Valid Driver’s License.
- Must have a U.S. Coast Guard license as Master Operator, uninspected towing vessels, endorsed for service on inland waters.
- Hold a valid personal Radio License issued by FCC.
- Radar Observer Certificate.
- Must attend an Advanced Pilot Management (APM) course every 5 years.