Class Two Operator

Location: Honolulu

Company: Young Brothers, Limited

Employment Type: Full Time

Region: Hawaii

Job Category: Seagoing

Publish Date: January 25, 2019

Company Description: Looking for career opportunities with a dynamic, fast-paced company that can result in long-term employment while serving the various communities in Hawaii? If you are, then consider a position with Young Brothers, Ltd. (YB) – on the forefront of the marine freight transportation business. We offer competitive salaries, benefits and future growth opportunities for both shoreside and seagoing careers. At YB, our employees are our most important resource and one of the pillars that help to support a strong foundation on which our company is built. We achieve this through seeking people who are team players, professional, motivated and committed to winning and meeting the needs of our customers and our communities.


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Young Brothers, Limited


You are responsible for the overall operations and performance of the tug and supervision of the crew. The various missions of a tug include, but are not limited to, the docking and undocking of ships and barges, marine construction support work and general towage of various vessels and equipment between ports.


Vessel Operation

  • Commands harbor tugs (conventional, Voith or Z-drives) in Near Coastal and Inland waterways to provide ship assist and escort services.
  • This includes mooring, docking, berthing, shifting of ships and/or barges,and properly and safely coordinating movements with harbor pilots via a VHF radio.
  • Ensures safe navigation of the tug and its tow at all times.
  • Signals passing vessels.
  • Maintains the vessels deck log.
  • Ensures all vessels documents are current and up to date.
  • Conducts required drills, training, and safety meetings and maintains records of such in the Vessel Maintenance System (VMS).
  • Conducts end ensures compliance with vessel maintenance and inspection requirements as prescribed in the Vessel Maintenance System (VMS).
  • Performs and oversees JSA (Job Safety Analysis) prior to operations.
  • Ensures prompt and accurate reporting of all equipment failures, illnesses, incidents, accidents and damages.
  • Resolves problems with customers.
  • Inspects vessels to ensure conformance with safety standards and Coast Guard regulations.
  • Maintains current knowledge of all maritime laws.

Crew Supervision

  • Directs and supervises crew members in safe and productive operation of the tug, its machinery and equipment.
  • Supervises, assigns, and directs vessel and equipment maintenance.
  • Holds crew accountable for their adherence to maritime law, company policies and procedures, and their individual performance/productivity.
  • Ensures all crew members have valid documentation as applicable to vessels trade.
  • Conducts annual written performance evaluation on vessel crewmembers
  • Participates in the interviewing of new deckhands and makes hiring recommendations
  • Evaluates new and existing deckhands and provides performance feedback to Port Captain.
  • Directs on-the-job training of new deckhands and ongoing training of all deck department personnel.
  • Trains and mentors Trainee Captains when assigned to the vessel.
  • Maintains order on vessel while in port and underway.
  • Assigns watches and breaks (and living quarters, as applicable) to crew members.
  • Counsels deckhands on inadequate performance and documents for employee records.
  • Issues reprimands and various forms of corrective action as the Captain deems appropriate.
  • Performs and participates in investigations of employee performance.
  • Participates in employee relations issues as management representative.
  • Attends regular Deck Officer Meetings and other meetings with Company management.


  • Must be capable of operating tugs of at least two of the following propulsion types:
  • ASD, Voith, and Conventional
  • Must be familiar with all aspects of routine harbor ship and barge work.
  • Must have current knowledge of all current maritime law.
  • Strong leadership qualities including ability to accomplish work through others, diplomacy, time management, and interpersonal relationship skills to effectively lead crews and interact with customers.
  • Strong managerial and supervisory skills and abilities.
  • Excellent communications skills and abilities, both verbal and written.


  • Required to possess a US Coast Guard Master’s License, 500 GRT or Greater (500 ITC) Near Coastal, with Towing Endorsement.
  • You must have valid radar observer.
  • endorsement and FCC marine radiotelephone operator permit.
  • STCW 95 endorsement preferred.
  • Due to the type of work associated with harbor towing, you need to work a rotational schedule.
  • High School or GED equivalent required.
  • Must have sufficient verbal, reading, and writing skills as necessitated by the job.
  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience operating harbor tugs of at least two propulsion types, ASD and Voith preferred.

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. Foss is a drug-free employer and a participant of the E-Verify Employment Verification Program.