Captain Minor Waters
Marine Services/All Regions
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
To take command and assume responsibility for the shift operation, operational maintenance and safety of any self propelled inland vehicle and passenger ferry in the GNWT fleet.
The Captain commands and navigates the ferry in accordance with GNWT’s standing orders as well as Transport Canada regulations and ensures that the ferry is in safe working order throughout the hours of operation. The position ensures that the ferry does not experience downtime during the operating day due to routine ferry maintenance checks or planned service maintenance.
1. Command and navigates a passenger vehicle ferry on a fast flowing inland river under various weather, ice and sea conditions avoiding conflict with commercial and recreational vessels and ensuring an efficient and environmentally sound service. Commands and navigates and docks in accordance with the Canada Shipping Act, safe working practices and related regulations Ensures that transportation of passengers and vehicles is accomplished in the safest and most efficient manner Makes decisions concerning the safety of ship, passengers and crew and supervisors the crew during emergencies Maintains and completes logs, records and reports relating to the ferry, traffic and marine incidents Receives reports from the mate or deckhand regarding the behavioral discipline of passengers while aboard the ferry and vehicular safety. Determines whether a report needs to be made to the relevant authorities Supervises crew including, orientation, on board training and appraising employee performance Ensures that the vessel full meets regulatory standards and recommends major repairs
June 3, 2013
Ensures loading push-outs are safe for vehicle and passenger use at all river stages and vehicles usage
2. Performs other related duties Supervises the crew in the safe loading and unloading of the ferry Exchanges information with the general public regarding ferry operations Decides when and if it’s necessary to deviate from the posted schedule including cessation of service due to weather conditions, machinery/equipment problems or personnel deficiencies Conducts safety and emergency drills as required Performs duties of ferry mate or deckhand, if required to do so, due to crew shortages or unforeseen circumstances
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES Knowledge of vessel navigation, operation and maintenance Supervisory skills Communication skills Analytical and spatial skills relative to correct positioning of vehicles and trailers to maximize utilization of the vehicle deck Mental ability to assess vehicle location to maintain vessel stability and trim at all times
TYPICALLY, THE ABOVE QUALIFICATIONS WOULD BE ATTAINED BY: Current and valid Master’ Valid Medical Examination Certification: Valid Marine First Aid Certificate; Experience consistent with the requirements to obtain the corresponding Master’s Certificate or equivalent and to efficiently and effectively operate a particular marine vessel. Five years experience preferred.
Physical Demands The incumbent spends their time in a seated/standing position during their shift
Environmental Conditions The incumbent works outside through a full range of seasonal conditions and weather can be extreme at times with rapid changes. There can be exposure to fuel, fumes and oil. Unless conditions are unsafe, the ferry must continue to operate
June 3, 2013
Sensory Demands The incumbent, while navigating the ferry, watches any change to the weather and is aware of how the equipment is running an maintained, at all times the ferry is in operation The incumbent requires excellent eye/hand coordination for the safe operation of the vessel especially during docking and undocking.
Mental Demands The incumbent must be prepared to sail the ferry out of schedule for emergency vehicles, and may be called in to take over a shift at short notice, all of which can cause family disruption.