Vessel Manager

LOWER LAKES TOWING LTD - Port Dover, ON (6 months ago)

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About Lower Lakes

Lower Lakes Towing operates a fleet of six self-unloading bulk carriers and three conventional bulk carriers in Canada. Combined with our U.S. sister companies, we have a combined fleet of 14 vessels. These vessels transport a diverse array of dry bulk commodities including limestone, coal, iron ore, salt, grain and other commodities for more than 50 long-standing customers in the construction, electric utility, integrated steel and food industries.

"We can go where the big ships go and also where they can't!"


We have an immediate opening for a Vessel Manager position to provide direct managerial overview for a group of vessels. The successful candidate will manage the day to day engineering and technical operations in accordance with Company policies and procedures as well as government regulations and customer expectations

Major Accountabilities

All below mentioned responsibilities are expected to be performed with support and assistance of other Vessel Managers.

  • Supervise and direct day to day management of a fleet of Great Lakes self-unloading vessels
  • Lead and oversee the maintenance and repair of vessels
  • Provide technical expertise and guidance to vessel crew
  • Develop and maintain fleet standards for efficient vessel operations
  • Ensure continuous operation, eliminate downtime due to breakdowns
  • Prepare, monitor and control vessel budgets
  • Ensure vessel efficiency, operational safety and environmental protection
  • Undertake vessel visits and inspection, ensure vessels are maintained to comply with any and all relevant standards
  • Liaise with external authorities Flag, Class and Port State regulatory bodies
  • Monitor Planned Maintenance System (PMS) for execution of work
  • Prepare specifications and evaluate tenders
  • Arrange and manage company vendors and contractors
  • Liaise with the Crewing Manager to identify vessel crewing and training requirements
  • Conduct appraisals of Chief Engineers


  • Minimum of 3 years of Vessel Manager experience.
  • Chief Engineer Licence
  • Working knowledge of bulk carriers (required)
  • Experience working with self-unloading systems (preferred)
  • Strong organizational skills, good judgement, reliability and attention to detail competencies.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and proficiency in using software applications
  • Effective at working in teams with an internal customer service focus
  • Travel to vessels in the US and Canada is required, extensive travel during winter work periods for field work.
  • Must be able to travel to the US without restrictions.

What we offer

  • Competitive Pay and Benefits
  • RRSP contributions
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional growth opportunities

Location: Port Dover, ON

This is an exciting opportunity for a team player to join a diverse team with a company who are well established in their field.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Marine engineering management: 5 years (Preferred)


  • English (Required)