The Barge Specialist, Vessel Operations is responsible for communicating with Manager, Vessel Operations to ensure vessel maintenance is performed and any related marine casualties are reported in order to provide consistent, reliable barge liner service. The Barge Specialist manages outside contractors to ensure efficient operation of vessel equipment and accomplish requirements for vessels arriving and departing from San Juan, PR.
Ensures a safe work environment is maintained around the vessels at all times.
Arranges for third party contractors for planned and unplanned maintenance. Supervises work crews and ensures that all work is done properly and completed in a timely fashion.
Maintains inventory of replacement parts for the barges including lashing gear and ensures work areas are maintained in a clean, orderly manner. Ensures gear is maintained according to regulatory standards including maintaining appropriate records.
Ensures vessel operating systems are inspected on a regular basis to ensure proper operation and safety of the vessel. Follows repair and maintenance plans, as provided by Manager, Vessel Operations. Systems include but are not limited to:
Diesel-powered electrical generating equipment, switchgear & distribution systems;
Electrical and electro-hydraulic ballast pumps;
Electrical and mechanical winches;
Piping systems, valve operators;
General lighting systems;
Navigation lighting equipment & day shape;
Trailer stands (Pullmans);
Stern ramps, wires, motors, and controllers;
Mooring lines, wires, winches, and pennants;
Ladders, life lines and safety chains;
Towing bridles, shackles and emergency tow wire system.
Hull and structure of vessel.
Performs inspections of vessels which requires ability to climb ladders and to descend in and out of vessel voids.
Ensures barges are secured properly and regularly monitors to ensure vessels are maintained securely while in port.
Maintains checklist for barges to identify areas requiring maintenance or repair, reports the same to Manager, Vessel Operations.
Inspects mooring lines, wires, pennants and winches for proper operation.
Ensures barge safety systems, including navigation lights, day shape, safety chains and lifelines are in proper working order.
Assists the Manager, Vessel Operations in preparing the barges for surveys and inspections by regulatory authorities, including ABS and the USCG.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities
Assists with other duties and projects as directed by the Manager, Vessel Operations.
Analyzes data and creates reports using spreadsheets as needed.
Follows written procedures as documented in the Trailer Bridge ISO 9001:2008 quality processes.
Accountability for ISO 9001:2008 quality processes, including but not limited to: identifying problems; generating solutions; initiating corrective action to avoid recurrence of the problems; verifying implementation of the corrective action; controlling nonconforming product.
Capable of traveling for planned and unplanned Trailer Bridge, Inc. events.
Upholds company policies, and supports equal opportunity employment objectives.
5-8 years maritime experience as well as a strong background in marine maintenance.
Prior Coast Guard or American Bureau of Shipping Inspector/Surveyor experience highly desirable.
Strong technical knowledge of vessels, to include mechanical, electrical (AC/DC), hydraulics, steel repair, and shipboard stability.
Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
Good PC skills, including Excel and Word.
Ability to obtain security clearance for access to Port Terminals.
Motivated self-starter with strong initiative.
Strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
Results oriented with good time management skills.
Ability to work independently, exercise good judgment and make appropriate decisions.
Ability to initiate and implement creative solutions.
Ability to handle multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
Ability to work a flexible schedule, to include lengthy days and weekends. This also includes reporting to work outside of normal working hours to assist with shipboard casualties and/or moment’s notice changes.
Supports the culture of Trailer Bridge by modeling the TB12 Core Values of a TB team member
Ability to lift and carry 50 lb.
Frequent bending, kneeling, reaching and climbing.
Ability to climb up and down vertical ladders.
Ability to work in and around shipboard voids.
Ability to wear hard hat, eye and hearing protection.