UIC Alaska

Port Captain

Mariners/Vessels/Diesel Engineers
Position Type
Location : Location
Travel Requirement
10% - 25%




UIC, Bowhead Transport seeks a year round, (Land Based) Port Captain to oversee the safe operation of vessels operating in the waters of Washington, Canada and Alaska managing multiple vessel crews, voyage plans and operations.  Port Captain will be responsible for coordinating vessel activity according to Bowhead Transport Management’s direction.  Port Captain will be responsible for maintaining a safe work environment on all Bowhead Transport vessels and will be required to renew vessel licenses and schedule / oversee timely USCG, ABS and other inspections annually according to marine regulations.


About Bowhead Transport and the UIC Corporation:

UIC is one of Alaska’s largest companies with 4,000 employees and fifty-four subsidiaries, UIC is proud of our expanding operations which currently span over twenty-five different industries and business lines throughout most of the United States and in many foreign countries. UIC and its subsidiaries are committed to and strive for safety, quality, business ethics, and shareholder values.  Bowhead Transport is the Northwest marine division of the UIC organization.  We have a diverse fleet of vessels that provide our customers with comprehensive marine solutions in challenging environments throughout Alaska. 

Headquartered in Anchorage, AK, Bowhead Transport Company offers competitive benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, short/long-term disability, and 401(k) retirement plans as well as paid time off programs for eligible full-time employees.


Port Captain Essential Functions Include:

  • Ensuring the safety of all crew and passengers including safety training, all vessels safety equipment monitoring and supply
  • Understanding USCG, ABS and other inspection regulations to stay in compliance with all annual requirements 
  • Scheduling of required vessel inspections and personally overseeing those inspections  
  • Scheduling, planning and overseeing haul outs, shipyard work and off season / In Season repairs and maintenance on all Bowhead Transport vessels coordinating with all vessel crews and Bowhead Transport management
  • Coordinating the purchase of equipment or operational supplies as needed for all vessels: Coordinating the purchase of supplies may involve Bowhead Transport captains, engineers, deckhands and Bowhead Management staff as needed
  • Determining vessel crewing needs, advertising vessel crew positions, assessing applicants, reviewing credentials and conducting preliminary background checks.  After initial assessment Port Captain will report to Bowhead Transport GM for final review prior to new hire of crewmembers
  • Onboarding of all vessel crew utilizing UIC, HR department assistance
  • Manage Bowhead Transport vessel crews including but not limited to email correspondence, telephone correspondence and in person communication.  Port Captain Management of vessel crews may be limited to MV Unalaq and Sitka Tug.  Port Captain Management and involvement with River Push boat crew is TBD by Bowhead Transport GM.
  • Scheduling, tracking and managing all Bowhead Transport crew turnovers
  • Reserving hotels, flights and auto transportation for all Bowhead crew members when crew are traveling to or from work.  (Utilizing assistance from Bowhead Transport Administrative Assistant)
  • Weather / Position reporting for all Bowhead Transport vessels:  Weather reports will be sent to each vessel by email and include Bowhead Management and clients whose cargo is associated with the operation of each vessel
  • Port Notification:  Arranging all services in each port prior to Bowhead Transport vessels arrival and departure.  Scheduling moorage and services can include but is not limited to:  Vessel Moorage, Fueling, Provisioning, Transportation, Assistance Equipment Rental, Laydown Yard Space, Assistance from other company personnel, etc.  All port arrangements, contact names and telephone numbers will be provided to each Bowhead Transport vessel in advance of arrival and copied to Bowhead Transport Management
  • Receiving cargo lists from Bowhead Management and tracking / monitoring cargo deliveries for primarily Bowhead Transport vessel MV Unalaq but occasional involvement in tracking and monitoring cargo for other Bowhead vessels as needed
  • Wharfage Reports:  Reporting all cargo being loaded or offloaded to ports where fees for cargo are assessed by port authorities or city offices
  • Occasional temporary, (stand in) for Bowhead Transport vessel crew members in the event of an emergency or open position requiring a licensed crew member
  • Coordinating the purchase of equipment or operational supplies as needed for all vessels:  Coordinating the purchase of supplies may involve Bowhead Transport captains, engineers, deckhands and Bowhead Management staff.
  • Travel as needed:  Port Captain will be required to travel at times depending on the circumstances involved.  Port Captain will report to Bowhead General Manager when port captain believes travel is warranted or port captain may be directed by Bowhead Transport management to travel when deemed necessary
  • Field Work:  Port Captain at times will be required to assist Bowhead vessel crews or land based Bowhead staff loading, lashing, consolidating and manifesting, cargo as needed in any / all port locations when occasional additional assistance is required
  • Maintaining of Bowhead Transport Equipment:  Port Captain will be responsible for maintaining all Bowhead equipment land based or at sea.  Maintaining equipment may include but is not limited to ensuring all Bowhead equipment is winterized, worn or broken parts are repaired / replaced, appropriate storage is secured when needed and equipment is in safe operational condition at all times
  • Other duties as assigned


Licenses, Credentials, Requirements and Experience:

  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience operating vessels 50 feet in length or greater
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in the marine cargo industry
  • Valid Drivers License
  • Current USCG 100 Ton Captains License or greater, Current USCG deck license, AB or OS.  (Additional Training, and licenses may be considered after acceptance for employment by Bowhead Transport depending on applicant qualifications)
  • Local resident of Anchorage Alaska or surrounding area preferred
  • General PC knowledge required including; spreadsheet software, word processing software and knowledge of MS Office Suite.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, positive (Anything is Possible) attitude, problem solving ability and good judgment with the ability to work alone or as part of a team.
  • Individual should be stable under pressure and have the ability to withstand the stresses associated with the job's mental demands, physical demands, potentially hazardous situations and unpredictable weather
  • Individual will be required to work a flexible schedule often times requiring hours outside of normal office hours, (8-5) as needed and will likely exceed 40 hours per week occasionally during the primary operating season, (April – October)


Physical Demands: The work environment varies and includes, but is not limited to: dock, port, bay, beaches, waterways, office space, equipment rooms, warehouse space, construction zones, and outdoor environments. Work hours may fluctuate outside of normal duty hours. While performing the duties of this job, the individual is:

  • Regularly required to sit for prolonged periods at a desk or workspace utilizing computer phones and office supplies.
  • Required to sit for prolonged periods during travel by plane or auto
  • Frequently required to stand and/or walk and routinely required to reach with hands and arms.
  • Routinely required to stand, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or squat.
  • Frequently lifts and /or moves up to 50 pounds and occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 75 pounds.
  • Occasionally lifts and/or moves 75-100 pounds with the assistance of deckhands and/or heavy lifting equipment.


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