Master of Towing 200 GT Western Alaska/North Slope

Location: Anchorage

Company: Cook Inlet Tug & Barge

Employment Type: Seasonal

Region: Alaska

Job Category: Leadership, Seagoing

Publish Date: March 6, 2020

Company Description: Cook Inlet Tug & Barge is a marine transportation company, specializing in harbor services and fuel distribution, with focus on the Port of Anchorage and Cook Inlet, Seward, Southeast Alaska, Aleutian Islands and Western Alaska.


  • Seasonal
  • Anywhere
  • This position has been filled

Cook Inlet Tug & Barge

We’re Alaska’s Tug and Barge Company – and we’re growing.

Cook Inlet Tug & Barge has been dedicated to providing marine services without equal since 1924. Specializing in harbor services and fuel distribution throughout South Central, Southeast and Western Alaska, we’re not looking to hire just anyone. We seek skilled and experienced mariners who crave adventure and take pride in their ability to get things done in a challenging environment. Visit www.cookinlettug.com to learn more about us.

Who are you?

Simply put, Cook Inlet Tug & Barge doesn’t have every day, run-of-the-mill mariners. Our crews are skilled and have experience in Alaska petroleum towing, Arctic coastal tug operation, or working in Prudhoe Bay. If a steady paycheck on its own isn’t enough for you – and you don’t like doing the same thing over and over – this is the job for you. To work in Alaska you have to have a sense of adventure, like the flexibility of seasonal work, and enjoy what you do. Here at CITB, you’ll get a professional challenge in a remote environment with a stunning backdrop to add to your life experiences. You’ll earn a good living and a story you can tell for decades to come while working with an extraordinary team at an energetic company bursting at the seams with opportunity!

The Role

As a Master of Towing 200 GT or greater, you’ll focus on the execution of all vessel assignments. You’ll plan the safest and most efficient operation of each vessel and its crew, cost-effectively implementing our operating plan, and evaluating and reporting the results. You’ll ensure that every crew gets all the information and instructions necessary to meet our standards of safety, environmental protection, and quality service. Muliple Openings are available. It’s a seasonal position – four to six months. As leaders in our industry, we take crew comfort seriously, and you can always expect to work on and with top-notch equipment.


The Master of Towing leads the team, directing and supervising crew members in the safe and productive operation of the vessel, its machinery, and equipment. You're responsible for the safe navigation of the vessel at all times and will use company policies, procedures, and general maritime industry standards to guide you. You'll work closely with customers, pilots, and appropriate government agencies as needed. To ensure your crew is prepared, you'll lead required drills, training and safety meetings, and maintain records of such, per company policy. You'll inspect the vessel to ensure conformance with safety standards, maritime regulations as well as vessel maintenance and inspection requirements - promptly and accurately reporting all equipment failures and damages. You'll hold crew accountable for following maritime law, company policies and procedures, and for their performance and productivity. Your job includes evaluating them appropriately, taking action as necessary and promptly and accurately reporting all crew illnesses, incidents, and accidents.



  • Master of Towing 200-1600 GT near coastal credentials, 1600 GT oceans is preferred
  • Valid USCG Merchant Mariner Documents, or Merchant Mariner Credentials, STCW, HAZWOPER, PIC (preferred)
  • Valid Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC)
  • Valid state driver's license or equivalent
  • Legally approval to work in the United States

Experience and Skills:

  • We prefer you have five years of previous experience as a Master or Operating Mate on towing vessels.
  • You know maritime law inside and out and keep that knowledge current.
  • You're passionate, but respect and effectively communicate with people at all levels.
  • You're physically fit enough to: climb aboard tugs and barges, ascend and descend ladders and balance while aboard vessels in a seaway; kneel, stoop, use stairs, reach overhead, and stand for long periods.
  • Heights or narrow walkways don't bother you.
  • You are able to work weekends, nights, and holidays as part of the job and aren't bothered by extreme weather conditions like rain, ice, snow, heat, and wind.