Position: The Boat Operator is responsible for the safe and effective operation and navigation of TerraSond vessels and may serve as a liaison to chartered vessels. He or she oversees personnel and vessel safety, documentation, maintenance, crew training and ensuring that TerraSond Limited is in compliance with all applicable state and federal rules and regulations. The Boat Operator assists with vessel, facility, and vehicle maintenance and performs additional duties as assigned.
Safety, Regulation and Reporting
oPrioritize as follows: human safety, vessel safety, mission accomplishment
oStop all observed unsafe behavior
oPrepare a daily voyage plan and communicate that plan to all embarked
oSupport and/or stop work per TerraSond’s “Stop Work Authority” policy as needed
oDetermine and implement weather stand down as needed
oPerform project activity in compliance with HSEQ and technical specifications as outlined in the project plan and per TerraSond policy
oInspect vessels to ensure safe and efficient operation of vessels and equipment, and conformance to regulations; report deficiencies (both vessel and HSEQ) to Project Manager; address deficiencies promptly
oMaintain vessel documentation for USCG and financial institutions
oManage marine radio licensing, and EPIRB registration
oDesign, implement and execute efficient, accurate vessel status reporting systems
oMaintain records of vessel activities, review vessel safety and wheelhouse log books for USCG and company compliance
oInvestigate incidents or violations, such as delays, accidents, and equipment failures
oPrepare reports on investigations or inspections, and document actions taken
oCoordinate post incident drug and alcohol testing in compliance with USCG rules and regulations
Maintenance and Operation
oOperate vessel as directed by Party Chief or Survey Technician
oArrange for vessels to be fueled, restocked with supplies, and/or repaired
oExamine vessels (including equipment and systems) to detect damage, wear, or malfunction
oPerform routine vessel maintenance such as changing oil, checking batteries, and lubricating equipment and machinery
oEffect vessel repairs personally, with staff or through contractors as is appropriate
oInspect vessel to ensure that repair work was performed properly
oInspect vessels and other equipment for evidence of abuse, damage, or mechanical malfunction
oMaintain the survey vessel and trailer in accordance with both company and manufacturer’s policy
oFacilitate transport of vessel to, from and between ports
oConduct and record required drills
oProvide vessel induction to all persons onboard
oConduct or arrange for marine training as necessary for TerraSond employees. Training may include vessel operation and maintenance, cold water immersion, fire suppression, training for professional licensing and other training appropriate for marine operations
oAdvise TerraSond staff on rules and procedures for vessel operation
Demonstrated commitment to safety principles and protocols
Extensive knowledge of all aspects of the maritime industry including rules and regulations, USCG protocols, and vessel maintenance and repair.
Strong organizational skills with an emphasis for detail and meeting deadlines
Working knowledge of vessel operations, systems and mechanics, including design, repair, and maintenance
Working knowledge of personal computers including word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications.
Ability to plan and execute projects from start to finish in a timely and efficient manner
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to identify areas for improvement and/or cost savings and implement appropriate solutions
Required Background and Experience:
Expert knowledge and proven experience in safe and effective vessel operation
Extensive knowledge of vessel maintenance and mechanics
Working knowledge of diesel and gas engine mechanics
Working knowledgeable U.S. Coast Guard regulation pertaining to the vessel assigned
Candidate must be legally eligible and insurable to drive to regular assignments
Minimum of five years of supervisory experience in maritime management
Tools and Equipment Used:
Electronic navigation and positioning equipment
Deck and material handling equipmentU
Standard office equipment including personal computer, telephone system, fax machine, copier, scanner and printers.
Various hand and power tools
Vehicles and trailers
Certificated and Licenses Required:
High School diploma, GED or equivalent
United States Merchant Marine, Master of Steam and Motor Vessels (Inland and Near Coastal) 50 GRT or greater
Merchant Marine Physical
Work is performed in a number of locations including TerraSond’s shop and storage facility, boats and various field locations. Some work is performed outdoors and may take place in inclement weather. Requires occasional heavy lifting of equipment (up to 50 pounds). Responsibilities may require an adjusted work schedule, long days, and evening/weekend hours in order to meet deadlines. Travel to, as well as operation and transport of vessels required.
TerraSond is a leader in geospatial solutions. We provide professional geospatial and geophysical services safely effectively and economically. With U.S. offices located in Alaska, Texas, and Washington, and international experience on a variety of projects in many countries on several continents, we survey worldwide.
We are Equal Opportunity Employer and employment selection decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of: race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by country, regional or local law.
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TerraSond is an Equal Opportunity Employer and employment selection decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. TerraSond does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of: race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by country, regional or local law.