The Port Captain, Vessel Operations is accountable for the safe and efficient operation of the fleet. This position has the primary responsibility for the efficient operation of the fleet through managing and resolving operational issues. The role mitigates potential health and safety risks for all seagoing personnel by implementing operating policies and safety procedures, conducting training and assessment, and ensuring regulatory compliance.
Working in collaboration with members of Dispatch, HSEQ, Engineering, Ability Management, and Vessel Operations Departments, this role implements and maintains operational policies and safety procedures, ensuring vessel and marine crew compliance, at all times.
As a key member of day to day operations team, the Port Captain, Vessel Operations provides leadership by promoting and facilitating open communication between the corporate office and all seagoing personnel.
The Port Captain, Vessel Operations provides shoreside support for the fleet in the event of an incident. In case of a major incident, this position assumes the role of the Assistant Incident Commander and coordinates necessary emergency response/salvage activities.
This position is required to provide on-call support, for emergency and operational issues, 24-7 on a rotational basis.
- Oversees and organizes the safe and efficient operation of the fleet. This includes daily problem solving and troubleshooting on operational issues.
- Provides leadership by motivating employee performance, which includes conducting training and assessments. Builds strong team morale and opens up communication lines between the corporate office and the seagoing personnel.
- Builds safety culture by coordinating and conducting training, leading safety meetings, providing regular written and verbal communications, and participating in vessel visits. Provides guidance to vessel crews on company policy and procedures.
- Assists in the development of the Marine Operations Manual (MOM), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Safe Working Procedures (SWP).
- Ensures compliance with applicable regulations including Canada Labour Code Part II, Marine Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (MOSH), and all applicable regulations under the Canada Shipping Act.
- Provides operational expertise and support to other internal departments. Conducts terminal inspections and condition reporting of loading facilities.
- Organizes and supervises specialty barge and large project loading and un-loading ensuring all operational health and safety measures are in place.
- Conducts incident investigations to identify root cause and assigns corrective actions.
- Leads shoreside emergency drills, including environmental and security. Ensures personnel and gear readiness for emergency and salvage response by conducting regular exercises and drills.
- Acts as the Assistant Incident Commander during emergency and salvage response situations. Incident Command System (ICS) and the organization of salvage crew and specialty equipment, as required by the nature of the incident.
Position Specifications Education and Experience
- 5 Years Shipboard or Marine Operations Management experience or a combination there of
- Preference will be given to candidate who've completed post-secondary education in Nautical Sciences or Maritime Studies
- Preference will be given to candidates with Officer experience, holding a Certificate of Competency. However, those with strong HSEQ and Operations backgrounds will be considered.
Skills and Knowledge and Required Competencies
- Navigational knowledge of the Washington and B.C. Coasts
- Knowledge of relevant Canadian and International Marine Regulations
- Knowledge of the Canada Labour Code and Occupational Safety and Health Regulations
- Knowledge of the marine industry on the West Coast of North America and understanding of West Coast Port and Terminal Operation
- Understanding of the operations of a tug and barge fleet
- Good communication and supervisory skills
- Self-starter with the ability to work both alone and in a team environment
- Strong problem solving abilities
- Ability to handle emergency response effectively and efficiently. Able to lead and perform under high pressure.
- Advanced Microsoft Office - Word and Excel
- Ability to develop towing and voyage plans
- This role requires excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work with a diverse workforce and strong problem-solving capabilities within a high-pressure environment.
Seaspan is committed to Employment Equity, supports diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including, women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities. Note: Unsolicited applications from recruitment agencies will not be accepted
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