Title:                     Port Captain
Position:              Full-time Salaried/Exempt
Reports to:         VP of Operations
Division:              River
Location:             Paducah, KY
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.
  • Respond to vessels emergencies minimizing vessel down time, providing onsite supervision and direction.
  • Make frequent on board vessel inspections to ensure safe and efficient vessel operations are maintained.
  • 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
  • Comply with the Safety Management System in support of continual improvement and management objectives.
  • Other assigned duties.
  • High School education minimum.
  • Possess a US Coast Guard Merchant Mariners License, Master Towing Vessels license preferred.
  • 5-10 years of vessel operations experience on the inland waterways.
  • Tanker/Barge experience not required but preferred.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-start 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.
  • Demonstrated skills in supervising a large group of employees, training and employee development.
  • Proven history of problem resolution skills.