Mate of Towing 200-1600 GT Western Alaska/North Slope

Location: Anchorage

Company: Cook Inlet Tug & Barge

Employment Type: Full Time

Region: Alaska

Job Category: 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.


  • Full Time
  • 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 Mate of Towing 200-1600 GT, you’re organized, able to prioritize tasks and develop resources to assist the Captain in the execution of all vessel assignments. You’re able to manage a schedule and are customer-focused in meeting your objectives. You’ll help 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 support the Captain to ensure that every crew gets all the information and instructions necessary to meet our standards of safety, environmental protection, and quality service. Multiple openings are available. Work schedules vary but rotations include monthly and bimonthly for Fuel Services, as well as seasonal opportunities. As leaders in our industry, we take crew comfort seriously, and you can always expect to work on and with top-notch equipment.


As the Mate of Towing you'll assist the Captain and maintain the crew in matters of safety, seamanship, maintenance, navigation, and all other job-related skills. You'll work to ensure the safe navigation of the vessel at all times while steering, operating, pushing and pulling barges and other vessels under tow or while docking, or unloading. You will implement company policies and procedures, and general maritime industry standards to maintain a safe work environment for the crew, vessel and assets in your care. You will focus on water depth, weather, surging and other traffic, keeping the tow wire (which at times is at great length) clear of the bottom, navigational aids, and other vessels. Part of your job is to assist with inspections and conduct required drills, training and safety meetings, and maintain records of such, per company policy, including essential notifications. When the Captain is off-watch, you will supervise the crew. You will assist the Captain in evaluating all crew members appropriately, taking action as necessary, and using coaching and delegation to empower employees and take corrective action when needed. In addition to leadership responsibilities, you will directly operate winches, engines, generators, and electrical systems along with wheelhouse navigational electronics and devices and work with heavy chain bridles, pennants, and secure cargo and gear. You will gain tug line handling skills; learn how to change fuel filters while underway; how to start generators, put online, and switch power; how to line up firefighting and bilge pumps; fuel transfer procedures; and how to request and receive supplies.



  • Mate of Towing 200 GT near coastal, Mate of Towing 500 GT near coastal or greater, or 500 ITC Oceans with a Mate of Towing Vessels upon Oceans endorsement. 1600 GT oceans preferred
  • Any AB rating (able seaman), we'd prefer you have a Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW) and Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boat with Life Boatman
  • Valid USCG Merchant Mariner Document, or Merchant Mariner Credential, STCW, HAZWOPER, PIC (preferred)
  • Valid Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC)
  • Valid state driver's license
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Legal approval to work in the United States

Experience and Skills:

  • We prefer you have two years of previous experience during the last 15 years as a Deckhand, Deckhand/Engineer or licensed deck officer.
  • Three years of sea-going experience on towing vessels preferred.
  • Experience with Azimuth Stern Drive tugs.
  • A marine operations background and are familiar with shipyards, tugs and oil barges.
  • You know maritime law inside and out and keep that knowledge current.
  • You're skilled with equipment, namely what equipment is best suited to handle the job at hand.
  • 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.
  • You're not afraid of heights or narrow walkways.
  • You are able to work weekends, nights, and holidays as part of the job and aren't bothered by extreme conditions like rain, ice, snow, heat, and wind.