Vessel Superintendent (Trainee), Stevedoring Operations – Position Description

Position Summary:

New hire position, training to learn Stevedoring, Supervision of ILA labor, and HT reporting processes with a heavy priority on Safe working practices. Works under the direction of HT Operations Management, to coordination of vessel operations with POHA, ILA labor, and other HT Departments to ensure safe and productive operations.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Learn to monitor vessel splits and productivity to minimize unused labor throughout shift.
  • Learn to supervise ILA labor to ensure all HT policies are followed.
  • Communicate with Team Leads (TL), Asst. Operations Manager (AOM), OM, and vessel planning of any issues that come up during the operation.
  • Learn to conduct thorough and professional incident and accident investigations.
  • Monitor yard traffic to ensure fluid movement from the yard to the vessel and vessel to yard traffic.
  • Walk the deck of vessels to ensure all HT policies are being followed.
  • Report on all aspects of the Vessel Operation.
  • Learn to direct ILA Labor (primarily Clerks and Walking Foremen).
  • Training and Safety – Assists TL, AOM, SM to ensure all working areas are Safe. Coordinates with vendors and customers to ensure terminal is operated in a safe and environmentally responsible manner and assists in reporting 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)
  • Ability to board and disembark large container vessels from steep gangways

Desired skills:

  • Marine terminal experience
  • Competency with Microsoft Office applications
  • Competency with Quick Base applications
  • Terminal operating systems experience
  • 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:

TL / AOM / OM / DO / AGM / GM


Houston, Texas (Bayport Terminal & Barbours Cut Terminal)


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