Port Captain is responsible for assisting and supporting the Deputy, Director of Operations during the transition of ferry service from the Maritime Transportation Authority (MTA) to HMS Ferries – Puerto Rico (HMS). Duties will include, but not be limited to supervising Vessel Masters and crews, overseeing project safety, training and regulatory compliance programs. This position reviews and approves purchase requisitions, attends client meetings, and provides back-up support to the Deputy, Director of Operations. The Port Captain must be willing and able to operate project vessels when needed.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Safety First – Safety shall remain the highest priority at all times. Be an active advocate of, and participant in, the HMS Safety
Consider reliability and efficiency with regard to Company
Assist and support in all aspects of the transition of ferry service from the MTA to HMS.
Fulfill the task of Master/Mate as required
Hire, train, discipline and manage the day-to-day activities of the members of the marine department
Manage and maintain the crew schedule
Maintain a healthy working interface with representatives of the agencies referred to above
Manage the departmental budget ensuring that all spending is conscious, careful and focused
Assist in managing the day-to-day maintenance of the vessel(s) such that the highest standard for readiness, reliability, safety and cosmetic appeal is attained within the bounds of our resources and constraints
Lead officers and crew to a high level of performance and productivity while maintaining the authority to critique, evaluate and discipline
Ensure that the policies of the Company and its client are understood by, valued and followed by officers and crew
Enter into frequent and searching dialogues with all levels of crew to gain perception of crew morale and current issues; ensure this position is accessible and a source of fair decisions
Develop strong relationships with appropriate members of client staff and represent HMS as helpful, cooperative and proactive members of the larger organization
Participate in HMS internal meetings, seminars, conference calls and other functions as required
Complete required administrative forms clearly and accurately, including Accident/Incident Reports and any/all other required HR forms/processes
Seek the highest levels of quality and professionalism
Work to achieve the highest levels of performance and productivity
Seek continuous improvement
Ensure vessel(s) is operated within all pertinent laws, regulations and guidelines mandated by federal, state or local agencies as well as the dictates of prudent marine practice
Ensure safety of guests and fellow workers is maximized through careful and vigorous administration and enforcement of safety policies and guidelines
Demonstrate practical knowledge of all phases of shipboard safety procedures and knowledge of location and use of all firefighting and safety equipment (i.e. fire extinguishers, life preservers, work vest).
Use proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Handle and dispose of all chemicals and other types of hazardous or caustic materials in compliance with Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) (as required).
Report safety related
Understand and comply with the Safety Management System (SMS)
Understand and comply with Ship Instructions
Maintain Crew Qualification and Training binder
Remain true to and champion the Company’s Core Values and Code of
Perform other duties as assigned
U.S.C.G. license endorsed as Master of Motor Vessels of at least 500 gross tons upon Inland Waters
Master License 300 MT, near coastal waters
Valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC Card), and/or ability to obtain and maintain
Valid First Aid/CPR Certification, and/or ability to obtain and maintain
Valid Driver’s License
Copy of DD214, if Veteran status
Must be bilingual, Spanish and English
Excellent verbal and written communications skills
Ability to effectively interact with the passengers, guests, and fellow
Ability to work in fast-paced, quickly changing environment
Ability to use independent judgment and discretion to develop and execute innovative solutions to crew management and morale issues
Demonstrated ability to bring increased value to task through efficiencies and cost-control
Computer literacy with MS Office software
Minimum of 10 years of experience as a licensed master
Has operated vessels as a Master in and around Puerto Rico
Has worked with a class society certified SMS
5 years’ experience in the passenger vessel industry demonstrating the ability to handle growing levels of responsibility
3 years’ experience as Senior Captain or above of a large passenger vessel
Specific training and experience in management of major on-board systems by type and brand
Excellent career record in marine industry.
Hornblower Group is a multi-brand, global entertainment and cruise business, delivering epic events and adventures around the world with aspirations to become a global leader in Experiences and Transportation. Today, the Hornblower Group portfolio of offerings services over 17M visitors annually across several entertainment categories including: dining cruises, sightseeing, ferries, and overnight cruises.
Hornblower is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We prohibit discrimination and or/harassment of any type, including but not limited to discrimination and or harassment based upon race, religion, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, pregnancy or relation medical conditions, childbirth, breastfeeding, parental status, veteran and/or military statue, disability (physical or mental) medical condition, genetic information or characteristics, political affiliation, domestic violence survivor status, marital status, or other characteristics prohibited by federal, state, or local law. Additional, Hornblower participates in the E-Verify program in certain locations.
Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and other applicable laws, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.