JOB TITLE: Port Captain

DEPT / LOCATION: Houston, Texas


Oversee marine operations of HMG to insure adherence to company policies and procedures. Port Captain directly supervises the tug and barge personnel. Develop marine operations and cost control program optimizing the performance of the company. Hire, train and evaluate marine personnel on a consistent basis. Manage company-training programs for seagoing personnel. Produce monthly operating reports outlining the status of training programs, day to day operations of the vessels, and other operation issues to both the Director of Marine Operations and General Manager. Assist with crew scheduling and vessel dispatch. Assist in new project development as directed by Director of Marine Operations, but not limited to, interfacing with potential customers, vendors, and regulatory bodies.


Train & evaluate HMS Captains, Mates, and seagoing personnel

Recruitment of marine personnel

Develop & administer operating & cost control procedures on company vessels

Assist in new project development

Operate company vessels as requested


Incident and spill free operations

Prompt and correct response to operating situations

Training and professional development of marine personnel

Safety record of vessels and crew

Timely performance reviews of marine personnel

Assistance in development of company procedures specific to operating area

Adherence and understanding of Harley Marine Services operating policies and procedures


USCG Master of Towing License-Near Coastal or Oceans endorsement preferred

Valid state driver's license.

Extensive knowledge of tugboat and oil transportation industry

Knowledge of tug and barge maintenance systems and equipment

Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel applications

Maintain the confidentiality of all sensitive materials and communications

Ability to work independently with minimal or no guidance

Ability to understand and execute complex oral and written instructions

Ability to interface with others using courtesy, tact, and good judgment

Must be physically fit enough to board barges and tugs at sea and in port

Must be able to read, speak, write, type, and understand English in person and over the telephone.

Must be thoroughly familiar with tank barge towing operations, ship assist operations, tanker escort and terminal/refinery operations.


Normal office hours are 8 am to 5 pm, M - F

Perform performance evaluations of licensed personnel while onboard underway vessels

Willing to travel to ports throughout area of operations

Takes communications 24 hours a day, including weekends, concerning changes in schedules and conditions

Capable of making decisions and giving directions to facilitate prompt service delivery

Frequently required to board tugs, barges, and ships, at dock or at anchor in all weather conditions and at all hours


5 years at sea on tugboats, tankers, or oil barges or equivalent military experience

5 years of increasingly responsible management in maritime industry


Four year college education in Maritime or related studies; or equivalent experience

USCG license and PIC endorsement on Merchant Mariner Document

HAZWOPR training

First Aid training

CPR training


Perform related duties as assigned

Perform in Harley Marine Services Incident Command System as assigned