Assistant Port Engineer

Location: Portland

Company: Foss Maritime

Employment Type: Full Time

Region: Pacific Northwest

Job Category: Engineering

Publish Date: November 2, 2020

Company Description: For more than a century, Foss Maritime has set the standard for marine transportation with leading edge technology, engineering, and shipbuilding. Combining global reach with local expertise, Foss is recognized for its state-of-the-art fleet, experienced and dedicated crews, knowledgeable customer service staff, and world-class engineers. Along with our independent subsidiaries the company employs thousands of people throughout the United States. With hundreds of tugs and barges we provide harbor services and transportation operations in all major U.S. West Coast ports – including the Columbia and Snake River system. Internationally, Foss supports customers across the Pacific Rim, in Europe, South America and the Arctic.


  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Foss Maritime


Responsible for fleet support in the operational readiness, maintenance and regulatory compliance of the fleet, including management of vessel costs and marine personnel working on the vessels.


Vessel Maintenance

  • Assists with the maintenance of vessels relating to engineering.
  • Assists the Port Engineer in developing and updating vessel maintenance programs.
  • Assists in the evaluation and corrective action on emergency or casualty repairs for all vessels as needed.
  • Monitors engineering work in progress for planned or unplanned maintenance.
  • Determines method, length and costs of necessary vessel repairs as needed.
  • Trains engineers with regard to vessel systems, repairs, regulatory compliance and company policies and procedures as needed.
  • Provides for inspection of vessels by regulatory groups. Responsible for the remedy and repair of all deficiencies, operational and administrative.
  • Must be able to understand and effectively operate SAP software.


  • Conducts safety meetings with vessel engineers and performs safety checks on vessels.
  • Promotes and oversees safe work practices with all company employees and vendors working on company vessels.
  • Ensures all company policies and procedures are adhered to by employees, vendors and visitors.


  • Assists the Port Engineer in the preparation of the annual machinery budget.
  • Maintains personal proficiency in related engineering field through formal training and reviewing related technical publications on an ongoing basis.
  • Conducts annual maintenance/repair and capital budget preparation for vessels.
  • Assists with personnel functions such as hiring, training, dispatching, disciplining, terminating vessel engineers.
  • Assists other regions, divisions and companies with vessel repairs, dry-dockings, etc as required.
  • Assists in evaluating and surveying damages for insurance claims. Consults with the company’s Risk Manager on matters relating to vessel casualties and estimated repair costs. Supervises emergency repairs to vessels whenever they are operating. Arranges for shipyard services, materials and inspections by regulatory groups, federal, state and local.
  • Conducts crew training to perform required tasks to maintain regulatory compliance such as, ISM, VMP, NPDES, IAPP, CARB, ABS, USCG, EPA.
  • Performs special duties and other projects as assigned.
  • Adheres to all company policies.
  • Accomplishes all tasks as appropriately assigned or requested.

Supervisory and Leadership of Direct Staff

  • Responsible for all matters of employment including recruiting, training, development, promotion, discipline and termination.
  • Understands and complies with Foss’ Affirmative Action Plan, EEO, Non-Discrimination, Harassment, and all other HR policies and procedures.
  • Effectively communicates regional goals and objectives.
  • Provides direction and leadership to achieve company Core Values, Mission and Safety Vision.
  • Processes employee evaluations in a timely manner.
  • Directs, motivates and develops employees for maximum performance.


Knowledge Of:

  • Must be able to communicate, in English, across all lines on written, spoken and hearing levels.
  • Must have proficient engineering knowledge of vessels and related equipment.
  • Basic financial accounting, budget development
  • Estimating and job cost management
  • Federal, State and Local maritime rules and regulations
  • Marine labor contracts and work rules
  • General maritime law
  • Personal computing (Word, Excel, database, LAN)
  • Geography of operating areas

Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of each vessel and its system with respect to vessel maintenance history, machinery and electrical equipment manufacturing standards based on practical experience and technical training.
  • Strong mathematical skills and ability to prepare an operating budget for vessel costs.
  • Technical: Strong maritime background with a thorough understanding of vessel operations and equipment capabilities / limitations within the geographic scope of those operations. Ability to manage marine personnel and their interactions with the vessels as they perform work in various environmental conditions.
  • Legal: Ability to interpret, administer and ensure compliance with company policies and governmental regulations related to vessel manning, construction, maintenance and repair, safety, training, work rules, emergency response, and towing operations.
  • Financial: Understanding of basic finance and cost accounting, suitable for budget forecasting and financial planning processes. Able to develop, track and manage vessel budgets on a routine basis. Strong organizational and planning skills.
  • Communications: Strong communication skills in order to draft business correspondence, technical reports, surveys, policies, procedures, and repair specifications.
  • Customer Relations: Interpersonal skills to work well with customers, peers, company executives, competitors, and the general public. Appreciation for and sensitivity to the needs and expectations of our customers.
  • Human Relations: A team player willing to exercise authority and make independent decisions. Strong problem solving abilities. Negotiating skills to deal with regulators, customers, vendors, and marine personnel.


This position generally requires a high school diploma and at least five years of maritime/operations experience. A marine background, being familiar with shipyards, tugs and barges along with shore side management experience is essential.

Foss Maritime Company is an Equal Opportunity – Affirmative Action Employer and a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We are committed to a diverse workforce and taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Foss is a drug-free employer and a participant of the E-Verify Employment Verification Program.

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