Vessel Superintendent, Stevedoring Operations

Position Summary

Works in conjunction with HT Operations management, POHA, and ILA labor to ensure a safe and productive operation.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

  • Monitor vessel splits and productivity to minimize ILA guarantee throughout shift.
  • Supervise ILA labor to ensure all HT policies are followed.
  • Communicates with OM, AOM, Team Leads and planning department of any issues, both good and bad, that come up during the operation.
  • Conducts thorough and professional incident and accident investigations.
  • Monitors yard traffic to ensure fluid movement from the yard to the vessel and vessel to yard traffic.
  • Walks the deck of vessels to ensure all HT policies are being followed.
  • Reports on all aspects of the Vessel Operation.
  • Direct report of Clerks and Walking Foremen.
  • Training and Safety – Assists AOM 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 OM, AOM, or Supt. Team Leads.


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

Desired skills

  • Competency with Microsoft Office applications
  • Terminal operating systems experience preferred
  • 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 6:00a.m. – 6:00p.m. or 6:00p.m. – 6:00a.m. with exceptions made for activities related directly to vessel operations. Extended hours, days, evenings and weekends common. Rotating shifts are required.

Reports to

HT Operations Manager


Houston, Texas (Bayport Terminal & Barbours Cut Terminal)

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