UIC Alaska

Port Operations Manager

Mariners/Vessels/Diesel Engineers
Position Type
Location : Location
Travel Requirement
25% - 50%


Port Operations Manager, (Bethel Alaska)

UIC, Bowhead Transport is expanding operations in Western Alaska and we are looking for qualified applicants to organize and direct cargo and vessel operations in Bethel, Dillingham and potentially other areas in the region.  This seasonal (April – October) position requires operational management of two (2) river vessels, three (3) river barges, cargo and Bowhead Transport staff.

Bethel Port Ops Manager will work directly with the Bowhead Transport company’s management staff to schedule sailings, track and receive cargo from other Bowhead Transport tugs and barges arriving in the region as well as assisting in the loading of cargo, creating manifest reports and providing daily weather / position reports for vessels and clients.

The Port Operations Manager in Bethel is a management level position and a vital component of Bowhead Transport’s key to success.

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 Operations Manager Essential Functions Include:

  • Ensuring the safety of all crew members including training and ensuring vessels safety equipment is on board all river vessels at all times
  • Manage Bowhead Transport vessel crews including but not limited to email correspondence, telephone correspondence and in person communication.  
  • Weather / Position reporting for river 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 river vessels are operating prior to each vessels arrival and departure.  Scheduling moorage and other services can include but is not limited to:  Vessel moorage, fueling, provisioning, transportation, assistance equipment rental, laydown yard space, sssistance from other company personnel, etc. 
  • Receiving cargo lists from Bowhead Management and tracking / monitoring cargo deliveries for river vessel operations. 
  • Wharfage Reports:  tracking and 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
  • Coordinating the purchase of equipment or operational supplies as needed for all river vessels 
  • Travel as needed:  Port Ops Manager will be required to travel at times depending on the circumstances involved.  Port Ops Manager 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 Ops Manager will be required to assist Bowhead vessel crews or land based Bowhead staff loading, lashing and consolidating cargo 
  • Maintaining of Bowhead Transport Equipment:  Port Ops Manager will be responsible for maintaining operational 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
  • Scheduling, planning and overseeing haul outs, shipyard work and off season / In Season repairs and maintenance on all Bowhead Transport river vessels coordinating with vessel crews and Bowhead Transport management
  • Onboarding vessel crew utilizing UIC, HR department assistance
  • Other duties as assigned


Licenses, Credentials, Requirements and Experience:

  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience operating heavy equipment
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience in a management role
  • General PC knowledge required including; Email, Excel software and Word docs.
  • Valid Drivers License
  • Current USCG License: Captain, AB or OS. (Preferred)  River or ocean experience of any type will be considered
  • 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)
  • Candidates must demonstrate the ability to work under pressure, identify and prioritize critical issues and effectively identify solutions
  • 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: 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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