Chief Mate

Job Responsibilities

Chief mate job In Usa

The primary responsibility of this position is responsible in assisting the captain in towing, docking, and unloading of barge and other vessels, from port to port. The Mate supervises the crew when the captain is off watch with the operation of the vessel. Other duties are steering, operating, pushing, and pulling of barges as directed by the captain to its perspective destinations and/or berths. While towing, the Mates attention is focused on water depth, weather, surging and other traffic, keeping the tow wire, which at times is at great length, clear of the bottom, navigational aids, and other vessels. He/she is responsible for the safety of the vessel and crew while underway, as well as being responsible for the safe movement and navigation of the vessel and their tows. The Mate assists the Captain and maintains the crew in matters of safety, seamanship, maintenance, navigation, and all other job related skills. He/she directly operates winches, engines, generators and electrical systems along with wheel house navigational electronics and devices. The Chief Mate is supervised by the Captain and reports to the Shoreside Port Captain.

Essential Functions

Vessel Maintenance

  • Wash down and clean vessel with soap and water.
  • Monitor, repair, and paint metal surfaces exposed to weather.
  • Keep deck clean and clear with lines coiled and stowed properly.
  • Clean all windows.
  • Responsible for general housekeeping.


  • Must be familiar with and observe proper safety practices, procedures and routines.
  • Must be familiar with emergency procedures including fire, man overboard, abandon ship and pollution response.
  • One also may be required to serve as lookout at times when the vessel is navigating in reduced visibility.
  • Maritime background with a thorough understanding of vessel operations and equipment capabilities/limitations.
  • Ability to tie knots, splice line and wire and handle large diameter lines.
  • Tow building techniques, securing boats and barges and general line handling working around cleats and bitts is essential.
  • Ability to communicate, in English, across all written, spoken and listening levels.

Minimum Requirements

5 Years sea-going experience on towing vessels preferred. Must have a valid USCG Merchant Mariner Document or Merchant Mariner Credential. Must possess valid STCW, Able Bodies Seaman, RFPNW and VPDSD. Must possess a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). Must have a valid U.S. Passport. Must be a member of the Seafarer's International Union in good standing, or join union upon within 30 days of employment.


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Job location

Jacksonville, FL,USA