Temporary Line Superintendent

Location: Seattle

Company: Foss Maritime

Employment Type: Full Time

Region: Pacific Northwest

Job Category: 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 directing and managing Longshore labor to efficiently expedite the handling of the ship’s mooring lines during docking/undocking. Responsible for coordination between the pilots, tugs, terminals, agents, dispatch and longshoremen. Responsible for reviewing linehandlers payroll each week and submit as required. Attends port safety meetings and instructs linehandlers on various safety standards. Ensures safety deficiencies are reported/followed up on via the terminal and port.


Working Conditions:

Work is performed in environments ranging from outside to inside, noisy to quiet, hot to cold, and wet to dry as well as in normal office environments. Regular and predictable attendance is a requirement. Work is on an as needed basis. Must be able to work in rotating shifts, days, evenings, nights, holidays and weekends as needed.

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.



  • Supervise and plan in advance activities prior to the ship coming into port.
  • Check berth conditions for docking, work areas for safe operation of Longshore line handlers, and that all labor has been assembled for adequate and efficient operations.
  • Ensures proper spotting of the vessel on arrival.
  • Instruct linehandlers are working safely and have a safe work environment in which to work.
  • Provide close supervision to linehandlers, providing regular feedback.
  • Communicates with pilots, tugs and linemen to ensure accuracy and safety.
  • Report problems and issues to the appropriate Manager, as needed, especially issues of complexity or great impact on the operation.


  • Maintains safety program and equipment.
  • Responsible for PPE inventory and distribution to the line handlers.
  • Holds monthly safety meetings with longshoremen.
  • Attends monthly safety meetings at PMA to discuss and act upon safety issues.
  • Tracks each linehandler's safety record and hold semi-annual awards meeting with linehandlers.

General Operations

  • Double checks vessel arrival/departure time for accuracy.
  • Gathers useful information via terminals, longshoremen, agents, marine exchange, etc. to facilitate better customer service.
  • Insures valuable information is forwarded to all parties concerned in a timely manner.
  • Ensures command of all longshore issues at all times.
  • Advise senior or executive management of any operational issues that would impact production
  • Updates on a daily, weekly and monthly basis statistical data for all linehandling jobs in the local area regardless of the company involved.

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.



  • Dispatching procedures.
  • Labor laws, marine and safety codes and the ILWU contract.
  • Terminal operations and how they affect the arrival/departure of vessels.
  • General knowledge of terminal equipment such as cranes, hosslers and winches.
  • Safety skills and the ability to recognize a safe and unsafe work environment.
  • Excellent oral and presentation communication skills.
  • Must have the ability to lead by example, adapt to changing circumstances, communicate effectively, build strong teams, make sound decisions, resolve problems and develop rapport with Longshore Labor Director.


This position generally requires a high school diploma and at least three years of maritime/operations experience. Must possess a valid driver's license. Must possess valid TWIC issued by Homeland Security.