The Great Lakes Group


Captain – Detroit, Michigan


The Great Lakes Towing Company is seeking a Captain with minimum 3-4 years experience to provide Harbor Assist towing within the consolidated port of Detroit, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio.


  • 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


  • Must be able to deal with others using courtesy, tact, and good judgment;
  • Must be able to work independently and without direct supervision;
  • Must have strong communication and leadership skills;
  • Must be very familiar with tug operations and repair and maintenance of marine equipment.Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate to daily job duties;


  • Carry up to 50 pounds;
  • Repetitive climbing stairs and ladders;
  • Repetitive bending, twisting, kneeling, and reaching;
  • Stand constantly;
  • Exposure to loud noise daily;
  • Access confined spaces;
  • Work in all weather conditions (rain, ice, snow, heat, wind, heavy seas, etc.);
  • Work a variety of schedules and hours;
  • Work weekends, holidays, and at nights on short notice.


  • Must have a valid USCG Master of Towing Vessel License upon Great Lakes, Inland Waters and Western Rivers;
  • Must have a valid Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC);
  • Must have a Marine Radio Operator Permit;
  • Must have a valid CPR and FA card;
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License.


Submit your application with salary requirements online by visiting our Careers page,  print and email to

or by mail:   Attn: Human Resources
The Great Lakes Towing Company
4500 Division Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102