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Title:                     Port Captain/Vessel Manager
Position:              Full-time Salaried/Exempt
Reports To:         Vice President of Operations
Division:              Gulf-Inland
Location:             St Rose, LA

About Marquette:

Headquartered in Paducah, Kentucky and founded in 1978, Marquette is a leading provider of inland marine transportation services. Our Company operates over 130 towboats on the Mississippi River System, Gulf-Intracoastal Waterway, and near-shore coastwise market. In addition, the Company controls over 1,000 dry cargo barges. The Company has additional offices in St Rose, LA, Lockport, LA and La Porte, TX. With over 1,500 vessel and shore-based employees, Marquette is the largest provider of independent towing services within the inland waterways. We are the only fully integrated fleet in the industry that can do what we do. 
Principal Responsibilities:

  • Select, supervise, evaluate, and train vessel managers and their subordinates.
  • Serve as primary liaison between vessel management and shore side personnel.
  • Responsible for maintaining good working relationships with all vessel employees.
  • Assure vessel compliance with all governmental regulations and Company policies.
  • Monitor river conditions and make available information necessary to support navigational decisions.
  • Administer company policies including disciplinary actions.
  • Discipline employees up to and including discharge.
  • Represent and articulate Company positions in response to US Coast Guard or regulatory agency initiatives or proposals impacting navigation or vessel operations.
  • Ensure good public relations are maintained with local, state, and federal agencies.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to enhance safety and efficiency in the operation.
  • Interface with other Company personnel including sales and logistics, repair, finance, purchasing, crew, human resources, and claims departments.
  • Improve job knowledge by attending workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking practices; participating in professional and industry groups.
  • Conduct performance evaluations.


  • High School education minimum.
  • Master Towing Vessel’s license preferred, but not required.
  • 5-10 years of vessel operations experience.
  • Tanker/Barge experience not required but preferred.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-starter and ability to perform a variety of complicated tasks with moderate supervision.
  • Microsoft Office skills.
  • 40% travel to vessels.
  • Must be willing to stand weekend/evening duty.
  • Must have working knowledge of modern navigation software.
  • Well versed on regulatory requirements and vessel inspections.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Good communication skills (written and oral).
  • Demonstrated skills in supervising a large group of employees, training, and employee development.
  • Proven history of problem resolution skills.

Marquette offers competitive pay, health, dental & vision insurance, 401K plan with company match, bonus plan, company paid life insurance, short- & long-term disability, flexible spending account, critical illness, accident insurance, and other incentives!