Vitus Marine

POSITION: 1st Mate

COMPANY: Vitus Marine


This position’s duties will include safe operation of vessels during appointed shifts, oversight of vessel staff, and supervision of offloading of all cargos, communication with the main office, reporting to the vessel Captain, and to work under direction of the Vitus Marine Port Captain. The 1st Mate will provide direction to the crew, including setting crew schedules, directing crew as required with assignments of maintenance, cooking, cleaning, watch standing, and other such activities required to be implemented by the Master. Provide safety leadership as well as confirm vessel and crew compliance with company policy and procedures. Conducting fire and boat drills, maintains records of stores and equipment in the deck department and approves requisitions.


  • Collaborate with management on vessel delivery schedules
  • Maintain regular communication with Vitus Marine Management team, Contractors and other Vessels as required
  • Share information with other Vitus vessels to ensure safe and profitable operation including, but not limited to routes, local knowledge and contacts.
  • Maintenance planning and execution as well as supervising contractors when necessary
  • Complete prescribed paperwork as outlined by managements & vessel documents, including but not limited to
    • Vessel Inspections
    • AWO Requirements
    • USCG Sub-Chapter M Requirements
    • Trip Reconciliation Forms
    • Expense Reports
  • Assist with customer and supplier notification / coordination
  • Ensure vessel orientation training of crews
  • Represent company to regulatory agencies and personnel as needed
  • Plan and schedule vessel crew changes with Port Captain and Operations Support Specialist
  • Facilitate shore side response to vessel needs for repairs, parts & supplies
  • Cook for crew when requested by the vessel Master
  • Any other duties as required to ensure safe and efficient vessel operations
  • Must be able to work a rotating six hours on and six hours off watch schedule, and occasionally work different hours when necessary
  • Must be able to adhere to all company policies, MARPOL, United States Coast Guard and environmental regulations
  • The safety of the towing vessel is the responsibility of the master and includes:
    • Adherence to the provisions of the COI;
    • Compliance with the applicable provisions of USCG Subchapter M;
    • Compliance with the TSMS, if one is applicable to the vessel; and
    • Supervision of all persons onboard in carrying out their assigned duties.
  • If the master or officer in charge of a navigational watch believes it is unsafe for the vessel to proceed, that an operation endangers the vessel or crew, or that an unsafe condition exists, he or she must ensure that adequate corrective action is taken and must not proceed until it is safe to do so.
  • Nothing in this subpart may be construed in a manner which limits the master or officer in charge of a navigational watch, at his or her own discretion, from diverting from the route prescribed in the COI or taking such steps as deemed necessary and prudent to assist vessels in distress or for other emergency conditions.

Critical features of this job are described above. They may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.


  • USCG issued Mate 100 Ton Near Coastal license with radar endorsement
  • TOAR/Mate of Towing
  • Prefer USCG issued Mate 500 or 1600 Ton Oceans license w/ radar endorsement
  • Prefer Tankerman/PIC endorsement
  • Relevant towing experience
  • Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC)
  • Drug-free certification


  • High School Education.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

All pilothouse personnel are required to communicate with other vessels, Coast Guard stations, Corps of Engineers, lockmasters and their own crewmembers. Communications may be made via a VHF radio, orally, by sound signals or by hand signals. All pilothouse personnel must have hearing that allows them to communicate effectively in the conditions that might be encountered aboard a towboat.

Pilothouse personnel must have vision that allows them to safely operate the vessel in situations that are likely to occur when a boat is in navigation night and day, year round. They must have color vision that enables them to identify navigation lights, signals, and symbols, as well as warning lights or symbols. Their depth perception must be adequate for navigation in close quarters, including lock or bridge approaches.

Pilothouse personnel must be capable of ascending and descending stairs or ladders safely, of lifting or moving equipment that may be used while they are aboard the boat, and of performing their emergency duties as listed in the vessel’s Station Bill. Pilothouse personnel must know how and when to use the emergency equipment located on the boat.

Pilothouse personnel must be able to read well enough to understand Coast Guard Notices to Mariners, Rules of the Road, Coast Pilot, federal regulations, company directives, Corps of Engineers publications, and charts. They must be able to write well enough to accurately record all required events in the vessel’s log and to communicate as required in the course of their job.

Pilothouse personnel must be able to operate a skiff.

Works in engine room in hot, wet, humid, noisy, and odorous conditions. Occasionally exposed to paints, solvents, thinners, and fumes.


  • Sitting: Sits to complete logs and reports
  • Climbs/jumps from pier to vessel and vice versa
  • Balancing: Balances continuously on vessel in various sea and weather conditions
  • Kneels, crouches, and crawls to pick up tools and perform checks, repairs, and general maintenance of machinery
  • Twists and reaches around equipment to perform checks and repairs
  • Stands/walks while performing engine checks and repairs
  • Handles/fingers hand tools, hand-held power tools, and parts
  • Coordinates movements to perform engineer and general maintenance duties
  • 20/40 correctable vision in each eye to work with equipment and machinery.
  • Color vision is required to distinguish color-coded systems and liquid chemicals
  • Pushes, pulls, lifts, and carries machinery up to 50 pounds.
  • Work independently
  • Work in teams and as a leader
  • Problem solve, project manage, think ahead
  • Use a computer as well as more basic means of communicating and documenting
  • Provide conflict resolution, communicate in a respectful manner, maintain civility.
  • Follow and create basic instructions

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Posted February 11, 2021

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