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Tug Master (Scheldt Area)


For our ports in Antwerp, Zeebrugge and Ghent-Terneuzen-Flushing, we are looking for new colleagues:

tug master

With 350 years of combined heritage, we are passionate about assisting ships safely. Our large fleet of 70 tugs provides tailored towage services in twelve European ports.

We believe that towage is all about people. The success of our company depends on the people working for us. Their contribution, their added value to the organisation and their willingness to commit to our core values are all highly valued. Our culture, our conduct and our business approach are based on five core values passion, respect, collaboration, flexibility and professionalism.

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Your job

As a tug master, you are the ambassador of the tugboat, the company and its policies. With a proper and safe day-to-day operation, you guarantee the well-known excellent service of Kotug Smit Towage. As a tug master you command the tug and you will have authority over all who sail on board.

You are responsible for safe navigation in the broadest sense of the word and ensure that all crew members are able to carry out the necessary work on board. You report to the Operations Manager of the Scheldt Area.

As a Tug Master, you plan the work in a manner that you can always respect the legal resting times. You show authority and are able to make decisions when necessary with regard to the crew members, the tugboat, safety and environment, to prevent pollution and to request assistance from the shore where necessary. You will have the final responsibility for the tugboat and everyone who sail on her.

You ensure that the applicable legislation and regulations are complied and that the management systems are implemented. You ensure that all certificates, administration and reporting are in order and valid. You implement the HSE policies as described in the fleet manuals.

You manage the crew and guide them in a consistent manner. You motivate them and give constructive feedback. You will regularly hold team meetings with the crew, organize Fire & Safety drills and familiarize new crew.

What type of applicant are we looking for?

  • At least 2 years of experience in a similar position.
  • Nautical and technical knowledge. Required certificate and documents according to the Belgian flag state to be able to sail as a Tug Master on board a Belgian tugboat.
  • At least mandatory certificates and documents to be able to sail as captain on board a tugboat with Belgian flag
  • A valid certificate 'II / 3 Master near Coastal Voyages'
  • Knowledge through your experience as a tugboat captain
  • Experience with sailing on ASD (thrusters) tugs
  • Up to date knowledge of relevant management systems
  • Fluent in both Dutch and English
  • Passion for the maritime industry

Your talents

  • Leadership skills
  • Flexibility
  • Stress-resistant
  • Social person & teamplayer
  • Strong communicator and motivator
  • Good seamanship
  • Organizer in order to arrange the work in such a way that MLC-standards (working hours and rest periods) are complied

We offer

  • A dynamic career within an international company and enthusiastic, passionate colleagues
  • An interesting job environment in the ports of Antwerp, Zeebrugge, Ghent, Terneuzen, Flushing
  • Work 7 days on, 14 days off

Meet your colleagues

Click on the picture to read the Havenkrant Gent and meet your new colleagues.

Click on the movie to watch Haven TV Ghent

View here the special towage job of the Audax vessel with PAR-modules in the Port of Zeebrugge .

Challenge us. Challenge yourself.

If you have a passion for a nautical job and would like to work on board, then we invite you to send your motivation letter and CV (in Dutch or English language) by filling out the online application.

For more information about the vacancy, please contact Katrien Broeckx, Crewing Department Scheldt Area via +32 35451194.

***** Acquisition to this vacancy is not appreciated *****

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