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Ship Captain Job Description

Summary

Responsible for operating ships and boats in lakes, rivers, bays, and oceans. Directs crew, operates boat, and ensure safe port.

Primary responsibilities

  • Command vessels in various bodies of water.
  • Hire and supervise ship crew members.
  • Maintain boat and equipment.
  • Operate and maintain engines, winches, navigational systems, fire extinguishers, and life preservers.
  • Measure and record water depths.
  • Stick to planned route.
  • Ensure adequate levels of hydraulic fluid, air pressure, and oxygen.
  • Use flashing lights and whittles to signal passing vessels.
  • Resolve problems with customers.
  • Tow and maneuver barges.
  • Signal tugboats.
  • Unload and attempt to sell cargo.
  • Sort logs or salvage lost logs.
  • Utilize electronic sounding devices.
  • Direct and coordinate crew members or workers performing activities such as loading and unloading cargo, steering vessels, operating engines, and operating, maintaining, and repairing ship equipment.
  • Inspect vessels.
  • Set courses and determine speeds using charts, plotting sheets, sextants, and compasses.
  • Monitor loading of cargo.
  • Record ship positions and movements.

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