Superintendent Shift Leader, Stevedoring Operations – Position Description

Position Summary

Supervises and directs a 3 – 6-person team of superintendents to assist in ensuring a safe and productive vessel operation for 12 – 14-hour shifts.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

  • Proper placement and number of superintendents for each operation.
  • Assists TMs, GS, AOM & OM with training for both operational productivity and safety.
  • Communicates with TM’s, OM, AOM, Labor Leaders and planning department of any issues, both good and bad, that come up during the operation.
  • Reviews and assists to ensure proper documentation and distribution of incident and accident investigation.
  • Directs the Workflow of Longshore Labor, including Hire / Fire authority.
  • Direct report of Vessel Superintendents
  • Training and Safety – Assists OM/AOM/GS/Terminal Managers to ensure all working areas are safe and team is fully trained to carry-out their responsibilities safely and effectively. Coordinates with vendors and customers to ensure terminal is operated in a safe and environmentally responsible manner and assists in resolving regulatory and technical issues.
  • Collateral Responsibilities – May perform other duties as assigned by the GM, AGM, OM, or AOM.


  • Four-year college degree preferred but not mandatory – Maritime, Logistics or Transportation concentration a plus
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and a Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC)
  • Marine terminal vessel experience
  • Vessel Planning experience… a plus
  • Ability to board and disembark large container vessels from steep gangways

Desired skills:

  • Competency with Microsoft Office applications
  • Competency with Quick Base applications
  • Terminal operating systems experience preferred
  • Rigging Certification
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude in the work environment

Working Conditions:

Must be able to work outside, exposed to all weather conditions including heat, cold, and rain. Standing and walking will be required throughout the course of a normal day. The wearing of personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, safety shoes, a safety vest and a hard hat will be required. Other tasks related to cargo management will require sedentary period for computer input and document review. Required to observe all safety and health requirements for container terminal environment and participate in company and WGMA drug screening programs.


Normal core working hours are either 0600-1800 or 1800-0600 with exceptions made for activities related directly to vessel operations. Extended hours, days, evenings and weekends common.

Reports to:

General Superintendent

Terminal Managers

Operations Manager


Houston, Texas (Bayport Terminal & Barbours Cut Terminal)

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