Position: Able Bodied Tankerman

Company: Cook Inlet Tug & Barge, Inc.


Responsible for the safe and efficient transfer of petroleum products between barges, ships, and facilities including completion of barge logs, bills of lading and gauge reports. Maintain the vessels in a state of readiness to perform work for customers as needed. Perform work as directed by captain of vessel. Job includes pulling heavy lines, climbing onto and walking on barges, boats and narrow barge walkways. Deck must be free of lines (all gear must be put away when not in use). Make up all tows, and multiple barge tows as directed by captain.


  • Use the VHF portable radio.
  • Splice lines. Perform lubrication services. Properly tie off barge tows, raft tows, etc.
  • Monitor product level in tanks, operate diesel engines, operate cargo pumps, operate tank/pipeline valves, and operate manual and hydraulic booms
  • Complete loading and discharge gauge reports.
  • Inspect vessel for Coast Guard, state and company regulatory compliance.
  • Stand wheelhouse watch underway or at anchor, act as lookout and perform security rounds and engine room/fire watch rounds as needed.
  • Responsible for mooring and unmooring of the tug and barge and monitoring mooring lines when tied up at a berth during operations.
  • Responsible for making and breaking of the tow as directed by the Master and or Mate.
  • Have responsibilities for general deck maintenance of the tug which includes, but is not limited to, painting, sweeping, window washing, cleaning and sanitary duties.
  • Taking on stores and supplies.
  • Responsible for the inspection, operation and routine maintenance of barge deck equipment and machinery as directed by the Master, Mate, and Engineer or shoreside management.
  • Ensuring safety of personnel, equipment, the environment, and the cargo aboard the barge.
  • Responsibilities for the Barge Cargo Operations, which includes, but is not limited to hooking up and unhooking of transfer hoses and equipment, tank gauging, cargo management, cargo documentation and safety gear usage.
  • Ensure completion of all necessary barge paperwork including maintenance and inspection paperwork or VMS routines if system installed on the barge.
  • Confer with Tug engineer/chief mate in order to ensure completion of necessary work orders, supply and equipment requisitions for the barge.
  • Have knowledge of Cargo Transfer systems, Cargo characteristics, Respiratory Protection, Hydrogen Sulfide/Benzene procedures, Specific Cargo Transfer procedures and Miscellaneous Operations Procedures.
  • When in port the primary responsibility of the AB-Tankerman on watch is the performance of cargo and related operations.
  • The on watch AB-Tankerman shall not be distracted from these primary duties by any other routine requirements that can be done at another time or another member of the crew.
  • Follow and comply with all CITB company safety and operational policies, procedures and guidelines as outlined in the SMS Manual and TBOM appendices.
  • Assist the tug engineer with fueling of the tug and barge.
  • Conduct all cargo operations with ZERO SPILLS.
  • Give proper direction and distance signals and information. Use equipment on the tug – winches, capstan, peavey, pike pole, pumps. Make up barge tow. Complete barge reports, barge engine room logs.
  • Paint inside and outside of tug on an on-going basis. Check barge engine room hourly for leaks, broken fuel and oil lines, etc. maintain barge engine room logs. Drain water out of air tanks every day. Check oil in auxiliary and before starting.
  • Cleaning restrooms on tug. Prepare grocery/supplies list. Cook meals for crew members and prepare grocery orders and supply requisitions.
  • Performs special duties and other projects as assigned.
  • Adheres to all company policies.
  • Accomplishes all tasks as appropriately assigned or requested.
  • Check oil and water in any equipment on board before putting in use.
  • General barge maintenance and cleanliness.
  • Change engine oil and filters.
  • Splice barge lines and boom running gear.
  • Conduct preventative maintenance inspections.
  • Handling lines tying up and letting go barges to and from berths or ships.
  • Handling lines to make up tugboats taking the barge in tow.
  • Follow directions of tug Captain in respect to vessel safety, movements, mooring and unmooring when the barge is under the control of a tug


  • Must be physically fit enough to pull heavy lines/hoses, lift, tighten winches, carry heavy items, kneel while painting or changing oil/filters, climb onto barges vessels by use of an accommodation ladder, Jacob’s ladder, standard ladder or tugboat and upstairs to wheelhouse, bending and twisting during boat/barge tie-up.
  • Must possess good communication skills by voice and/or visual hand signals.
  • Ability to complete accurate paperwork. Knowledge of basic arithmetic skills (add, subtract, multiply, and divide).
  • Knowledge of Coast Guard and state requirements for transfer operations.
  • Knowledge of company safety practices
  • Basic Computer Skills (Outlook, MS Excel, Word, and Tank Management System)
  • Must be able to perform the functions set forth in this job description and possess the stamina to work long hours.
  • Ability to think and respond quickly to emergency situations (oil spills, mechanical failures, etc.).
  • Ability to be self-motivated.
  • Ability to maintain professional relations with customers.
  • Ability to operate small boat with outboard motor.
  • Must be able to comprehend and respond and carry out specific orders from the captain. Ability to communicate effectively with captain, co-workers, dispatchers and customers. Ability to learn safety awareness, injury prevention, firefighting. Must be able to read, speak and understand English over the telephone and/or radio.
  • Must be able to plan and prepare multiple meals for crews.


  • Must be able to work independently and without direct supervision.
  • Exposure to all weather conditions (rain, ice, snow, heat, wind, heavy seas, etc.)
  • Must have the ability and flexibility to work a variety of schedules and hours.Must be able to work overtime, Sundays, Saturdays, holidays, night work.
  • Must be capable of working at heights
  • Must be able to wear a respirator
  • Assignments can last up to 15 days (river) or as much as 90 days (ocean). Must be willing to take callouts.
  • Must not be afraid of heights or narrow walkways.


  • Must possess and maintain US Coast Guard Merchant Mariners Document (MMD) or Merchant Mariners Credential (MMC).
  • Must have AB Tankerman (Person-In-Charge Barge (PIC)/DL) endorsement with oil barge experience.
  • 5 years minimum experience as a Tankerman PIC on oil barges is preferred
  • Proficient with multi product loads.
  • Must possess Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
  • AB limited with a valid STCW endorsement is preferred.
  • Must possess and maintain valid state driver’s license.
  • Must possess and maintain valid passport.
  • Able to work weekends, holidays, and at night

Cook Inlet Tug and Barge, Inc is an Equal Opportunity – Affirmative Action Employer and a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We 
are committed to a diverse workforce and taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women, 
minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Cook Inlet Tug and Barge is a drug-free employer and a 
participant of the E-Verify Employment Verification Program.