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Vessel Captain

Anchorage, AK

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Bering Marine Corporation provides charter and scheduled service throughout Alaska with their fleet of tugs and barges, landing crafts and hovercraft. The Captain commands the vessel(s) in and out of harbors, estuaries, straits, sounds and rivers and is responsible for the safety of the crew and operation of the vessel. Bering Marine maintains a Zero Tolerance work force.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Determines course and speed on basis of specialized knowledge of wind, weather, tides and current.
  • Steers the vessel and may push or pull barges to destination and to berth while avoiding hazards to shipping and utilizing various navigation devices
  • Supervises the vessel crew in the daily operation of the vessel
  • Oversees the loading and unloading of vessels
  • Tracks and reports crew days and cargo hours and reports it in a timely manner
  • Keeps logs of vessel operations as required by company or USCG
  • Ensures safety of crew and vessel and upholds the safety policies of the Company. Leads crew in conducting safety meetings, JSA’s, and other reporting conditions
  • Maintains Communications with office about sailing directions
  • Teamwork is a must

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

High School diploma or GED required. Minimum of 5 years of experience as a vessel captain. Alaska experience and local knowledge in area of operations is required.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical procedures, governmental regulations, and safety regulations. Ability to write reports and accurately record information into vessel records. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, crew, customers, and the general public. Ability to speak clearly and understandably on the radio is required.

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.

Ability to use common sense and sound judgment to deal with situations and multiple problems that occur simultaneously in a highly controlled and regulated environment. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


USCG License- Captain 200 ton minimum, coastal. Towing endorsement preferred.

Radar endorsement

Merchant Marine Document

STCW Endorsement preferred

TWIC Card required

FCC Radio License required

Vessel specific training may be required

Current CG Physical Card required

Driver’s license-preferred.

Passport preferred

Must be available to work days, evenings, weekends, nights or holidays and to be away from home for extended periods of time. Must be able to work in a team environment in close quarters for extended periods of time. Must have good interpersonal skills and be able to get along well with various types of personalities, backgrounds, etc.


While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear and smell. The employee is frequently required to walk. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Lift and launch life raft, don a survival suit in a reasonable amount of time unassisted.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock; explosives and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Post-conditional offer of employment drug test and physcial is required. Random drug testing is required of all employees.

Bering Marine is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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