AB Watchman

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AB Watchman

Erie, Pennsylvania




Job Description

Position Purpose: Briefly summarize the purpose of this position in one or two sentences.

The Company owns/operates a fleet of US Flag commercial free-flowing. self-unloading dry bulk cargo vessels. This position assists as directed in the Maintenance department achieving three broad objectives:

  1. Safety of the ship and the crew.
  2. Sound environmental practices.
  3. Efficient vessel operations.

This position assists the Maintenance Leader as directed with daily vessel operations.


Key Job Activities: List the ongoing day-to-day essential job responsibilities in priority order (it is not necessary to list every activity, you may just list the most important ones). In the brief description include the impact of the position on the business, level/type of authority, independence, complexity, analysis, judgement used and decisions made. If the position supervises personnel, indicate number and titles.


Key Activities

Example: Process accounts payable with a volume of approximately $3.4mil per month and over 500 vendors.

  1. Safety of the ship and crew – A daily, visible effort and leadership role in all aspects of vessel operations to promote:
    • Enforcement and compliance with the Company’s Safety Policy, procedures, response plans and application laws and regulations.
    • Safe working practices and conditions.
    • Identification and elimination of hazards through inspections and reporting near misses in the Company’s Near Miss Reporting system.
    • Satisfactorily participate in training and orientation through the Company’s “Stop, Talk, Proceed” program (also known as: “STP”).
    • Satisfactorily participates in drills and exercises.
  1. Sound environmental practices
    • Complies with applicable environmental laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
    • Satisfactorily participate in training and drills to support the Company’s efforts to protect the environment.
    • Reports oil sheens in the water and oil or hazardous substances on deck to the officer on watch immediately.
  1. Efficient Vessel Operations -
    • Will be considered a day worker but may be assigned to augment established Deck Department watches.
    • Assists in repair and maintenance of vessel equipment and machinery.
    • Take on and stores all stores and supplies.
    • Cleaning throughout the vessel.
    • Operates the incinerator.
    • Assists in the Deck Department when assigned:

o When assigned to watches in the Deck Department, maintains vigilant watch on the bridge or on deck during assigned hours in open or restricted waters

  • Participates in tying up vessel, handling lines on deck and on dock, shifting and operating mooring winches.
  • Operate hatch crane to open/close/shift hatch covers, release and secure hatch clamps.
  • Operate unloading boom.
  • Rinse cargo holds, secure, clear and clean anchors and anchor chain.
  • Works in the engineering spaces when assigned:
    • Assists with fueling.
  • Works in the tunnel area and other areas where unloading equipment is located and/or operated.
    • Operates gates.
    • Operates ballast system if required.
    • Cleans cargo residue and shovels spillage wherever it occurs.
  • Works in the galley when assigned:
    • Preparing meals.
    • Prepare linens when being sent ashore for cleaning.
  • Assists in activities related to the activating (a.k.a. “fit out”) or deactivating (a.k.a. “layup”) of the vessel as directed.
  • Any other vessel responsibilities within the scope of their certification and ability.


Interaction: Briefly describe the level/type of contacts that will interact with the position.

The position requires a close relationship with the vessel’s maintenance team and its supervisors. Works as assigned in the various departs aboard the vessel.

Education and/or Experience Required (including certifications):

  • USCG Merchant Mariners Credential with Able Seaman endorsement
  • US Department of Homeland Security Transportation Worker Identification Credential (“TWIC”)
  • US Coast Guard issued Medical Certificate or a US Coast Guard Application for a Medical Certificate CG Form-719K.
  • Safety and operations training as provided by the Company

Key Competencies (non-technical behavioral skills, i.e. presentation, negotiation, customer service skills), in priority order. Select from “key competencies for job descriptions” list:

  • Maintains a positive attitude.
  • Works effectively within a team.
  • Ability to accurately and efficiently follow directions.
  • Knowledge of all safety policies and procedures.
  • Proper and safe operation of vessel equipment.

Other (i.e., physical requirements, travel, etc. that is not covered above):

  • Successfully complete an English language assessment.
  • Eligible to enter Canada.
  • Pass a screening for dangerous drugs and alcohol as required under US Coast Guard regulations.
  • Must be “fit for full duty” for medium work, as determined by physical examination performed by Company-designated physician. Medium work defined as:
    • Lifting/Pushing/Pulling/Carrying 50 lbs. max.
    • Frequent reaching up, down and to side and rotation.
    • Frequent flexion and extension of neck and waist.
    • Constant walking/standing.
    • Occasional climbing stairs/ladders, stooping, crouching, squatting.
    • Occasional kneeling, crawling.
  • Must satisfactorily pass a Company criminal background check.
  • Extensive travel to join and depart vessels for assignments at any time and throughout the shipping season.
  • Vessel assignments are approximately 60 to 120 days in duration with approximately 200 total days on board Company vessels during a navigation season. The navigation season commences late March and ends mid-January.
  • Must have the physical vigor to board Company vessels using steep ladders or work boats provided by vessels or ship repair yards to embark and disembark vessels and access the pilot house and engineering spaces aboard the vessels.
  • Must be able to don personal protective equipment as required to conduct work aboard the vessel or on docks and must be able to don lifesaving equipment provided by the vessel.
  • Have the stamina to work extended hours (within US Coast Guard limits) in performing duties.

NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

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