PNW Harbor Captain

Job Responsibilities


  • Ensures safe navigation of the vessel at all times.
  • Ensure safe and efficient maneuvering of vessel during ship work, barge work and escorts.
  • Conducts required drills, training, safety meetings and maintains records of such, per company policy.
  • Conducts and ensures compliance with vessel maintenance and inspection requirements as prescribed by the company.
  • Inspects vessel to ensure conformance with safety standards and maritime regulations.
  • Work closely with customers, pilots and appropriate government agencies to ensure the proper performance of the job.
  • Ensures prompt and accurate reporting of all equipment failures, illnesses, incidents, accidents and damages.
  • Maintains current knowledge of all maritime laws.
  • Directs and supervises crew members in safe and productive operation of the vessel, its machinery and equipment.
  • Holds crew accountable for their adherence to maritime law, company policies and procedures, and their individual performance/productivity.
  • Evaluate all crewmembers in accordance with Company policy and take action as necessary.
  • Thorough knowledge of vessel handling and navigational skills commensurate with operating assignments.
  • Capable to handle all aspects of operating a tractor tug for shipwork and bargework in harbors and open waters.
  • Must have competence to operate a tractor tug in forward or reverse modes when making up to a ship.
  • Working knowledge of propulsion, auxiliary and deck machinery.
  • Must possess strong written and oral communicative skills.
  • Competent in the use of a computer.
  • Must be able to economically supervise all aspects of the operation of the vessel, its cargo and crew.
  • Must be able to work independently and without direct supervision.
  • Ability to withstand exposure to all weather conditions (rain, ice, snow, heat, wind, heavy seas, etc.)
  • Ability to adapt to a variety of schedules and hours
  • Able to work weekends, holidays, and at night.


Minimum Requirements


  • Must possess and maintain a National Master 500 Near Coastal or higher license, Master of Towing, STCW, Radar Endorsement, MMC, and TWIC.
  • GMDSS is preferred.
  • 3+ years' experience as a Master on a tractor tug doing harbor assist work.
  • Must be able to work on call in the Seattle/Tacoma harbor areas.
  • Valid state driver's license.
  • Able to pass a simulated or live assessment.
Job location

Seattle, WA,USA