Assistant Port Captain



Assistant Port Captain

The Steamship Authority is seeking to fill the position of Assistant Port Captain to assist in the direction of the day-to-day operations of the Authority's fleet and assume the responsibilities of the Port Captain in his absence.

Duties and Responsibilities:  

*  With other management personnel, formulate vessel operational policies, procedures and standards within the International Safety Management (ISM) and Quality Management System (QMS).

*  Inspect vessels for conformance USCG requirements and with standards for safety and cleanliness.  Help direct corrective measures required to meet such requirements and standards.

*  Observe vessel personnel performing duties to detect deviations from SSA policies and to determine changes in work practices and procedures to improve operations.  Prepare directives to eliminate such infractions. Make recommendations on findings for management evaluation.

*  Review vessel logs and other reports for conformance with SSA policies, schedules and other reporting requirements, and prepare reports of vessel operations as required or requested.

*  Assist with investigations into causes of accidents, incidents and customer complaints relating to vessel operations, interview individuals concerned to determine responsibility, initiate corrective actions, including appropriate disciplinary actions and dismissals involving vessel personnel, and/or recommendations designed to improve service, safety and/or security measures to prevent further occurrences.

*  Assist with the training of vessel personnel.

*  Help direct and coordinate activities of vessels and vessel personnel to comply with USCG inspection requirements, and to obtain optimum use of vessels, facilities and personnel.  Assist in the preparation of vessel schedules.

*  Assist with union contract negotiations and settling of grievances, including participation at grievance hearings, arbitrations and other proceedings.

*  May represent SSA in communications and meetings with the United States Coast Guard and other federal, state and/or local governmental authorities concerning vessel operations.

*  Review and analyze vessel expenditures, financial and operation reports to determine requirements for increasing operating efficiencies, lowering costs and improving service.  Assist in the preparation, administration and monitoring of the vessel operation budget.

*  Supervise, directly or indirectly, all vessel personnel subject to direction by the Port Captain and other management personnel.  Maintain confidentiality of information.  Exercise judgement and initiative in making independent decisions.

*  This job description in no way states or implies that the above are the only duties to be performed by this employee.  He or she will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by the Port Captain and other management personnel.

*  Other duties as required by supervisor.

Required Qualifications:

*  Possesses, at a minimum, a U.S. Coast Guard license as master of inland steam or motor vessels of 1600 gross tons.

Desired Qualifications:

*  Has served as Master on board vessels with USCG certified capacities of at least 150 passengers for a minimum of five years.

*  Familiarity with the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 and the regulations promulgated thereunder.

*  Supervisory experience in a customer service-oriented business.

Competitive salary and fringe benefit package.  Interested parties may submit a letter of interest and resume to or by mailing a resume to:

Human Resources Office

Steamship Authority

228 Palmer Avenue

Falmouth, MA 02540