UIC Alaska

Cargo Equipment Operator - Seagoing - Bowhead Transport Company

Mariners/Vessels/Diesel Engineers
Location : Location
Travel Requirement
75% - 100%


Cargo Equipment Operator - Seagoing:


UIC, Bowhead Transport seeks a seasonal (April – October), experienced, Cargo Equipment Operator to facilitate the loading and offloading of cargo from trucks and barges in several ports of call including Seattle WA and a variety of locations in Alaska. Cargo Equipment Operator will be a land-based position operating primary wheeled loaders but also a variety of other heavy equipment.  Operator will be responsible for coordinating the safe loading and offloading of trucks, barges and landing craft. This position will require travel to a variety of locations including the City of Seattle, Anchorage AK, Alaska coastal communities, and numerous remote Alaskan villages primarily between the months of April – October each year.       


UIC Bowhead Transport, LLC (BTC) provides marine cargo transportation; lightering; environmental and research support, logistics, oilfield services. We have a diverse fleet of vessels that provides our customers with comprehensive marine service options in multiple Alaska regions. Bowhead Transport offers competitive benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, short/long-term disability, and 401(k) retirement plans.  Eligible part-time employees are able to participate in the 401(k) retirement plans.

The position is located aboard the Bowhead Transport 150’ Landing Craft, M/V Unalaq and/or 86' Tug Sitka operating in Southeast Alaska, South Central Alaska, the Aleutians, Western Alaska and the North Slope. The position requires a rotational 60 / 30  work schedule or similar as common working in Alaska.  A private stateroom is available to the AB/OS Operator.  The operator is responsible for safely loading and unloading cargo from various Bowhead vessels as well as other tasks including but not limited to; line handling, cleaning and maintenance, cargo support including lashing.  This position will also require a number of daily tasks associated with the maintenance and upkeep of all equipment on board Unalaq or tug Sitka as directed by the Captain, Mate or Chief Engineer.

• Routinely perform safety observations, rounds, and inspections
• Maintain equipment in good/clean working order
• Adhere to all USCG, and UIC HSE policies and procedures at all times
• Maintain communication with PIC to assess current and future job requirements
• Stand Watches
• Operate the vessel forklift/loader 
• Handle / stage / stow equipment, beach support equipment, cargo handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear
• Performs a variety of duties concerning the upkeep and general maintenance of the deck department
• Tasks as assigned by Captain

Watch Duty
• Performs a variety of duties, including but not limited to looking for obstructions in path of vessel, steering vessel, serving on security patrol, and standing gangway watch.

Small Boat Operations
• Launches and recovers support boat
• Operates smaller skiffs and work boats as needed

• Competent in forklift loader operations aboard landing crafts and/or barges
• Knowledge to rig and operate hydraulic and other specialty winches
• Possess the knowledge, abilities, and skills to communicate effectively
• Sound knowledge of marine operations
• Able to complete an annual Merchant Mariners physical exam and perform physically demanding shipboard duties.
• Strong interpersonal/team skills


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.


Cargo Equipment Operator Essential Functions Include:

  • Maintaining a safe operating environment and ensuring the safety of all vessel crew members and land based Bowhead Transport personal during cargo handling, loading and offloading operations.
  • Operating a variety of heavy equipment including, but not limited to wheeled loaders, forklifts, excavators, trucks, telehandlers, etc
  • Loading and offloading a variety of cargo, (20’ containers, 40’ containers, flats, pallets, variety of wheeled equipment, units of material, etc) from trucks, trailers, barges and landing craft. 
  • Lashing, banding, and consolidating cargo using pallets, flats, 20’ containers and 40’ containers   
  • Daily inspection of machines.  
  • Providing regular maintenance of the land based equipment as needed according to manufacturer recommendations and necessary, light duty repairs. 
  • Scheduling mechanics and planning (Major) repairs to equipment as needed
  • Winterizing of all land based equipment at the end of each operating season.  
  • Keeping a maintenance log on each piece of equipment Cargo Equipment Operator is responsible for
  • Manifesting of cargo and coordinating the consolidation of cargo with the Bowhead cargo manager and other Bowhead Transport management
  • Coordinating the purchase of equipment or operational supplies as needed or at the direction of the Bowhead Cargo Manager and/or other Bowhead Transport management staff.
  • Required travel as needed and/or as determined by Cargo Manager or Bowhead Transport General Manager:  Travel will primary be to the City’s or towns of Seattle WA, Seward AK, Anchorage AK, Dutch Harbor AK, Bethel AK, Nome AK and Barrow AK but may also include a variety of other towns and villages in remote Alaska locations. 
  • Other duties as assigned


Licenses, Requirements and Experience:

  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience operating forklifts and/or wheeled loaders
  • Some experience running other heavy equipment and commercial vehicles  
  • Valid drivers license
  • 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)
  • Attendance, punctuality and reliability, and are essential traits required for this position.
  • Candidate must demonstrate knowledge, appreciation and sensitivity to Alaska Native cultures. Ability to champion professional and technical development of local resources in ethnically diverse and logistically challenging regions urban and rural is required.


Physical Demands: The work environment varies and includes, but is not limited to: docks, ports, bays, 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 other Bowhead staff.



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