Vessel Superintendent (Mobile, AL; Long Beach, CA)

SSA Marine is accepting applications for a Vessel Superintendent (Mobile, AL; Long Beach, CA)


The Vessel Superintendent directs and coordinates the operations of discharge, load, berthing and departure of assigned vessel guaranteeing quality, security, safety and efficiency in accordance with relevant operational and technical parameters.  This position serves as first line supervisor of the operations management team and is responsible for the direction and supervision of longshore workers. While maintaining a positive working relationship with the labor, the Superintendent is to set the standard and be held accountable for a safe and efficient operation.


  • Supervises union represented personnel in proper operating procedures, and as needed will counsel, discipline, train, make hiring and termination recommendations to ensure an efficient operation while working within the definitions of the labor agreement.
  • Distributes work among labor and determines the types of supplies, machinery, equipment, or tools to be used.
  • Enforces productivity levels by supervising longshore workers in making multiple rounds within the terminal/vessel operation and a follow-up assessment prior to shift end.
  • Ensures and maintains a safe and efficient work environment.
  • Ensures and maintains a drug and alcohol-free work environment.
  • Ensures and maintains a hostile-free and discrimination-free work environment.
  • Ensures that all PPE is worn at all times and distributed for jobs that require additional PPE.
  • Ensures availability of equipment and personnel required for timely completion of scheduled vessel operations, and that staff and equipment are fully utilized, optimize resources utilization and uptime to meet the economic performance indicators, and assist as necessary with other required tasks in order to turn the vessel around within specific time.
  • Plans, designs and implements rigging arrangements.
  • Completes various reports and forms such as shift production, payroll, and safety summaries; Produces reports to respective parties within required deadlines.
  • Plans, holds and documents daily safety meetings; partnering with Area Health, Safety & Environment to understand and train longshore workers to adhere to safety procedures while implementing plans to address safety hazards.
  • Enforces and follows plans, requirements and orders.
  • Responsible for investigation and reporting damages and liabilities to the appropriate management and authorities.
  • Responsible for learning, navigating and adhering to all union contracts.
  • Serves as a key coordinator between all parties, vessels, customers, agents and labor.
  • Other duties as required.


  • Ability to manage a large, complex and diverse workforce in a fast-paced environment.
  • Requires problem solving skills to respond quickly and effectively to operational issues.
  • Requires the ability to plan and organize projects in a fast-paced environment and be available to work varied hours, shifts and days.
  • Requires the ability to communicate effectively with union workforce and other staff.
  • Ability to explain, express, define and give examples of ideas and operations.


  • High school diploma or equivalent experience working in management.
  • 3 years managing related union labor.
  • Valid CPR certificate required.
  • Must have valid Drivers License.
  • Extensive rigging expertise, including load/stress and calculation skills.
  • Thorough knowledge or principles of terminal operations.
  • Proven leadership skills.
  • Experience with computerized operating systems.
  • Knowledge of safety and accident prevention codes and regulations.
  • Knowledge and understanding of cargo stowage and stability strongly desired.
  • Knowledge of local unions dispatching rules.
  • Required to observe all safety and health requirements for container terminal environment.
  • Required to observe all safety and health requirements.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  Yes - Union labor.


  • Must be able to work in rotating shifts, days, evenings and nights.
  • Must be able to work in extreme outdoor temperatures of hot and cold, extremely dusty conditions and occasionally, conditions of high levels of noise.
  • The ability to work in an environment that may be hazardous to persons unable to see and hear fast moving equipment.
  • The ability to drive 10%.


SSA Marine is an equal opportunity employer.

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