JOB PURPOSE/SUMMARY: Responsible for the operational readiness, maintenance, repair and regulatory compliance of all Deck Barges, Portable Generators, and Barge Ramps. This position also includes direct management of mechanics, welders, electricians and vendors that accomplish all work on equipment mentioned above. The Port Engineer will also deal directly with operations, Fleet Engineering, Finance, union Maintenance Staff and all Regulatory groups as required.
Develops and reviews planned maintenance program for Barges, Ramps, and Portable Generators and Pumps.
Evaluates and initiates corrective action on emergency/casualty repairs for Barges, Ramps, and Portable Generators and Pumps.
Supplies maintenance and support of Portable Generators for other locations.
Ability to analyze problems via communication while a vessel is at sea or in a remote location.
Monitors all engineering work-in-progress for planned and unplanned maintenance and repairs for Barges, Ramps, and Portable Generators and Pumps.
Interfaces with appropriate operations personnel, advising of action to be taken such as shutting down a Barges, Ramps, and Portable Generators and Pumps and continuing or discontinuing its operation.
Determines methods, timeline and costs of repairs to Barges, Ramps, and Portable Generators and Pumps
Trains maintenance crews with regard to vessel systems, repairs, and regulatory compliance.
Evaluates and initiates proper corrective action to eliminate additional expenses to maintenance and repair budget.
Provides help for inspection of Barges by regulatory groups. Accompanies USCG and ABS surveyors for mid-period inspections, load line annual surveys, special, intermediate surveys and other regulatory inspections. Responsible for the remedy and repair of all deficiencies, operational and administrative.
Must be able to understand and effectively operate SAP software.
Conducts safety meeting, with maintenance staff and vendors.
Performs safety checks on all Barges, Ramps, and Portable Generators and Pumps initiates any necessary repairs.
Oversees safety policies, procedures and precautions for receiving and transferring of fuel on Barges and Portable Equipment.
Promotes safe work practices with all company employees and vendors working on company vessels and Shoreside equipment.
Maintains personal proficiency in related engineering field through formal training and reviews related technical publications on an ongoing basis.
Miscellaneous duties, as required, such as annual maintenance/repair and capital budget preparation for Barges, Ramps, and Portable Generators and Pumps.
Assists other regions, divisions and companies with vessel repairs, dry-dockings, etc as required.
Evaluates and surveys damages for insurance claims. Provides allegations as to cause and effect of damage. Consults with Risk Manager on matters relating to Barges, Ramps, and Portable Generators and Pumps casualties and estimated repair costs. Supervises emergency repairs to Barges whenever they are operating. Arranges for shipyard services, materials and inspections by regulatory groups, federal, state and local.
Crew's training to perform required tasks to maintain regulatory compliance including, but not limited to: USCG, EPA, ISM, ABS, OSHA and OSPR.
Effectively communicates regional goals and objectives.
Performs special duties and other projects as assigned.
Adheres to all company policies.
Accomplishes all tasks as appropriately assigned or requested.
Supervisory and Leadership of Direct Staff
Responsible for all matters of employment including recruiting, training, development, promotion, dispatching, discipline and termination.
Understands and complies with Affirmative Action Plan, EEO, Non-Discrimination, Harassment, and all other HR policies and procedures.
Effectively communicates regional goals and objectives.
Provides direction and leadership to achieve company Core Values, Mission and Safety Vision.
Processes employee evaluations in a timely manner.
Directs, motivates and develops employees for maximum performance.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of each Barge, Ramp, and Portable Generators and Pumps its system with respect to vessel maintenance history, machinery and electrical equipment manufacturing standards based on practical experience and technical training.
Strong mathematical skills and ability to prepare an operating budget for vessel costs.
Technical: Strong maritime background with a thorough understanding of vessel operations and equipment capabilities/limitations within the geographic scope of those operations. Manage marine personnel and their interactions with the vessels as they perform work in various environmental conditions. Knowledge of marine labor contracts and work rules.
Legal: Ability to interpret, administer and ensure compliance with company policies and governmental regulations related to vessel manning, construction, maintenance and repair, safety, training, work rules, emergency response, and towing operations.
Basic Knowledge of Barge Operations and Regulatory Requirements.
Diesel and electrical troubleshooting and repairs.
Basic Knowledge of Marine Welding procedures.
A background in barge maintenance and cargo operations is desirable.
Communications: Strong communication skills in order to draft business correspondence, technical reports, surveys, policies, procedures, and repair specifications.
Customer Relations: Interpersonal skills to work well with customers, peers, company executives, competitors, and the public. Should also have a great appreciation for and sensitivity to the needs and expectations of our customers.
Human Relations: A team player willing to exercise authority and make independent decisions. Strong problem solving abilities are required. Must have good negotiating skills to deal with regulators, customers, vendors, and marine personnel.
Personal Traits: Flexible, receptive to change and be able to deviate from established routines on short notice. Capable of recognizing the level of importance of new assignments and prioritizing them accordingly to meet all work deadlines without sacrificing operational readiness. Able to delegate effectively. Accurate in the completion and documentation of assignments.
Ability to communicate, in English, across all lines on written, spoken and hearing levels.
Able to analyze, solve problems, reason and make decisions regarding the repair of vessels.
Good eye/hand coordination and know how to use all tools and equipment associated with vessel repair.
Able to work within given time constraints.
Able to use routine office equipment such as telephone, copy machine, fax machine calculator, computer, and programs: Word, Excel, MS Project, Outlook, SAP, BMS.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High school education is desirable and preference given to those with maritime academy or college degree. 3-5 years as a tugboat engineer or shoreside management/ocean towing is preferred. Must possess a valid USCG engineer's license or Designated Duty Engineer (DDE) license.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is generally performed in the field, in all weather conditions and is often accomplished in high noise areas. Mainly outdoors, in, on or about seagoing vessels in dynamic, wet, noisy and odorous conditions. Must able to work for extended periods of time in poorly ventilated confined spaces wearing safety equipment such as, hard hat, gloves, boots, rain gear, and respirators for protection from harmful dust and fumes. Regular and predictable attendance is a requirement.
PHYSICAL/MENTAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit/stand; use hands or fingers; handle or feel; talk and hear. The employee must
occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Ability to move between buildings, ascend/descend stairs and go outdoors in all kinds of weather. Also for vessel and site visits, one needs the ability to climb ladders and over bulwarks. Should strive to remain both physically and mentally fit to minimize risk of injury to oneself and others to cope with high demands of the job. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. The workday usually has a high number of interruptions and priority changes necessitating the need to remain flexible and focused in order to accomplish tasks.