Manager, Fleet Engineering Planning

Location: Jacksonville

Company: Foss Maritime

Employment Type: Full Time

Region: Florida

Job Category: Engineering, Management

Publish Date: August 23, 2021

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.


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Foss Maritime


Responsible for the Fleet Engineering Division’s development and implementation of Vessel Engineer standards of Care. Develop procedures and practices to provide engineering oversight to promote safety and reliability, including standards for major repairs, regulatory docking, vessel assessment, and long-term cost standardization.



  • Develops, tracks and monitors capital budgets without compromising company safety, or environmental and regulatory compliance of the regional vessels.
  • Provides support to the General Manager which incorporates operational input and requirements into the design, construction, or major modifications of vessels.
  • Advocates and ensures compliance of standards regarding maintenance/overhaul intervals for vessels and machinery to minimize costs and comply with regulatory requirements.
  • Leads all 5 Year Vessel Docking Projects to include:
  • Plans and Develops Major Scopes of Work based on Vessel Assessment Information and Commercial Life of the Vessel
  • Works with regional Port Engineers to ensure all tasks and work items from the Maintenance System are properly captured and included in the final package.
  • Completes bidding process and contractor selection process working with regional leadership to ensure all needs are addressed.
  • Works with the General Managers, and Saltchuk Marine Operating Companies, to ensure vessels operate efficiently, safely, and in compliance with all applicable policies and regulatory requirements.
  • Leads and or participates in Investigations of Casualties and Incidents as assigned
  • Directs and supervises Regional Port Engineers in the inspection, survey, and repair of all vessels systems resulting from significant marine casualties. Represents Foss Maritime and Saltchuk Marine Companies to Insurance Underwrites as required to administer and process claims
  • Acts as Project Manager and supervises contractors, equipment vendors and engineering personnel relating to major docking, life extension and other major repairs
  • Ensures Regional Port Engineers are engaging in and utilizing the Marine Operating Systems and other such standard tools as provided by the company.


  • Be a leader for "SpeakUp", including encouraging peers and staff to exhibit a safe and ethical culture.
  • Understands and complies with Company policies and procedures, including EEO, Non-Discrimination, Harassment, and Saltchuk Code of Ethical Business Conduct.
  • Effectively communicates regional/department goals and objectives.
  • Provides direction and leadership to achieve company Core Values, Mission and Safety Vision.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Accomplishes all tasks as appropriately assigned or requested.
  • Adheres to all company policies.
  • Conducts three (3) vessel visits a year.



  • Requires strong analytical skills to diagnose and develop corrective actions to complex mechanical problems.
  • Must possess creative thinking skills in order to find innovative solutions and integrate emerging technologies.
  • Requires computer program experience to develop and maintain programs to project, track, and document vessel activities.


Ten years of previous experience as a Port Engineer and hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited maritime academy is preferred. Substantial experience in shore-side engineering management or aboard vessels in an engineering leadership role may be substituted for a degree.