The Great Lakes Group


Tugboat Captain

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Provide Harbor Assist towing within the consolidated port of Lorain/Huron/Sandusky/Cleveland/ Ashtabula/Conneaut/Erie/Fairport;
  • Familiarization with the Federal Requirements governing the operation of Towing Vessels, 46 CFR Subchapter M;
  • Familiarization with the Company’s Policies and Procedures, including the Company’s Responsible Carrier Program Manual;
  • Maintain and analyze the Company’s Engine Room Logs–Comments Section and Engine Hours Reports; periodically reviewing any outstanding maintenance items with the Engineer to ensure that the tugs are maintained and repaired to a seaworthy and safe condition;
  • Travel, as needed, to the Company’s tug docks located throughout the Great Lakes system to perform towing assignments (both harbor towing and cross lake towing). Travel may involve stays away from home residence;
  • Assist with preparation of quotes for Outside Tows to meet customer demands;
  • Ensure vessels are crewed, operated, and maintained in accordance with regulatory requirements, company standards, and customer expectations;
  • Implement standard procedures and guidelines for the operation of a safe and environmentally sound ship;
  • Ensure all vessel personnel comply with regulatory training requirements;
  • Investigate vessel damage and personal injuries;
  • Inspect vessels to ensure seaworthy condition and arrange for maintenance and repair activities to correct any deficiencies;


Skills and Abilities

  • Must be able to deal with others using courtesy, tact, and good judgment;
  • Must have strong communication and leadership skills;
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal or no guidance;
  • Must be very familiar with tug operations and repair and maintenance of marine equipment.


Job Conditions and Environment

  • Must be able to work independently and without direct supervision;
  • Must be able to work in all weather conditions (rain, ice, snow, heat, wind, heavy seas, etc.);
  • Must be able to adapt to a variety of scheduled and hours;
  • Must be able to work weekends, holidays, and at night on short notice.


Education and Training

  • Must have a valid USCG Master of Towing Vessel License upon Great, Inland Waters and Western Rivers or Master 500 GT unlimited license;
  • Must have a valid Transportation Workers Identification Credential;
  • Must have a Marine Radio Operator Permit;
  • Must have a valid CPR and FA card;
  • Must have a valid Drivers License.



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The Great Lakes Towing Company
4500 Division Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102



We offer an excellent benefits package that includes healthcare, dental, vision, short and long-term disability insurance, 401(k) profit sharing plan, vacation time, sick time, and company paid holidays.

Candidates must be able to pass background check and have E-verify authorization.

The Great Lakes Group is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer; M/F/V/D.