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Tracking Code Bowhead Transportation
Job Code 20-0075
Posting Title Mate
Post Date 1/14/2020
Full Time / Part-Time Full Time
Travel Up to 100%
City Anchorage
State AK
Country US
Description Bowhead Transportation provides marine cargo transportation; barge and lightering services; logistics and oilfield services support; and vessel leasing, maintenance and operations services. We have a diverse fleet of vessels which provides our customers with comprehensive marine options.

Essential Functions:

• Supervises and coordinates activities of crew aboard ship.
• Assumes command of ship in event ship captain becomes incapacitated.
• Inspects holds of ship during loading to ensure that cargo is stowed according to specifications.
• Examines cargo-handling gear and lifesaving equipment and orders crew to repair or replace defective gear and equipment.
• Supervises crew engaged in cleaning and maintaining decks, superstructure, and bridge of ship.
• Stands watch during specified periods and determines geographical position of ship, upon request of Master, using loran and azimuths of celestial bodies.


• Responsible for safe and efficient watchstanding as required by the vessel Master.
• Must be capable of operating all bridge electronics or engineering machinery as required.
• When on watch duty, duties there shall take precedence over all else and will require the utmost vigilance.

Safety duties:
• Holds a position on the Ship’s Emergency Station Bill.
• Must perform requirements of Emergency Station Bill for both drills and actual emergencies to include fire, flooding, man overboard, abandon ship, medical, and spill response.

• Responsible for the exterior maintenance and appearance of the ship and its associated equipment at the direction of the craft Master and shore side management personnel.
• Assume a leadership role in the supervision of other crewmembers in the performance of day to day activities relating to the maintenance and repair of vessel equipment.

Other Vessel Duties:
Perform a variety of tasks as assigned by the Master

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Expertise:

• USCG Rated as Mate with corresponding STCW-95 endorsements.
• U.S. Citizenship and must hold a current U.S. Passport.
• Able to obtain a Secret Security Clearance.
• Physically qualified. Able to complete an annual Merchant Mariners physical exam and perform physically demanding shipboard duties.
• Communication skills require the ability to provide explanation of very complex or technical matters to people with little or no background in the area under discussion.
• Writing skills require the ability to write text designed to communicate technical information.
• Strong interpersonal/team skills and the proven ability to often deal with situations where immediate low-level satisfactory resolution of issues must be achieved.
Requirements Required Experience:

•Merchant Mariners Credentials (MMC) – for vessels of at least 200 GRT with Corresponding STCW requirements
•Valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC -- minimum six (6) months prior to renewal)
•Valid Passport (minimum six (6) months prior to renewal)
•Valid Drivers’ License (minimum 6 months prior to renewal)
•Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA) endorsement
•3 years Arctic Experience

Physical Demands:

•Employee must be able to write in English, read in English, calculate, have estimation skills, possess good verbal presentation and be able to communicate using the radio, speaker, or electronic communication by using the English language.
•Repetitive and prolonged postures involving standing, sitting, twisting, squatting, kneeling, stooping and reaching to full range from above the head to the deck.
•Employee must have the ability to move extremities and spine through full physiological range of motion that will permit the employee to work in a variety of postures involving postures allowing reaching with hands from deck level to overhead level.
•Flexing and twisting of the trunk and other awkward postures are required occasionally when assisting crew while tying up vessels, moving rope or cable and repairing equipment.
•Employee must have good dexterity and frequently use one and two hands throughout the work period for grasping and fingering while using controls of the vessel, hand tools and performing other activities requiring good dexterity.
•Employee must always have good balance and coordination in order to safely walk over catwalks, enter/ exit hatches, and over uneven and/or slippery surfaces.
•Must be able to climb ladders, stairwells, and pushknees.
•Employee must be able to step with a step length of 2-ft. in the horizontal direction and 2-ft. in the vertical direction.
•Different docks have various combinations of barge drafts and river stages which make it necessary to step across, up, down, or over an obstacle in order to gain access to the dock from the barge or from the barge to the boat or from the boat to the dock.
•Must also be able to safely walk and carry tools and line while crossing pipes, ledges, sills, catwalks and/or climbing ladders and pushknees.
•Employee must have sufficient cardiorespiratory fitness to occasionally perform medium-heavy physical labor involving the ability to sit and/or stand for 6 hour shifts, walk for prolonged periods, handle (lift, carry, push and pull) various materials and tools, climb ladders, stairwells, and pushknees while working in inclimate weather with temperatures that may vary from extreme cold to extreme heat.
•Must be able to work in cold/hot weather while wearing required PPE (e.g., life) preserver, respirators, goggles, etc.).
•Must be able to lift at least 65 lbs. from floor to knuckles level on a daily basis.
•Must be able to lift at least 65 lbs. from floor to waist level on a daily basis.
•Must be able to lift at least 30 lbs. from floor to shoulder level on a daily basis.
•Must be able to lift at least 10 lbs. from floor to crown level on a daily basis.
•Must be able to lift and carry at least 30 lbs. with two hands at waist level for a minimum distance of 30 feet on a level surface.

Environmental Conditions:

•Cramped, confined spaces
•May work in fog, dark, and other visibility limiting conditions
•May be exposed to fuels, solvents, cleaners, dust, fumes, smoke, and gases.
•Will work on vessels in adverse weather conditions.
•Constant and loud engine noise, blowers, exhaust.
•Irregular working hours.
•Vibrations from vessel engines
•Arctic marine environment including low temperatures, high wind, icing, plenty of moisture and wave action.
•Frequent hazards include hypothermia, pinch points, sprains, strains, slips, falls, concussive impacts, and lifting injuries.
• Hazard awareness and corrective action is a constant function of the job due to the extreme work environment.
  • UIC and its Family of Companies is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other protected characteristics EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.
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  • The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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