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Foss Maritime Regional Superintendent Safety & Compliance - California in Richmond, California


Responsible for the regional implementation of the safety and quality management systems to ensure safety and compliance with the goal of maintaining operational excellence. Maintains a culture that fosters continuous improvement and works hand in hand with operations and boat operators in doing so. This position ensures that all accidents and incidents are reported, followed up on, near misses are investigated, conducts investigations as appropriate, completes internal and external audits including those required by the ISM Code, ISO Code, OCIMF, TMSA, OVMSA, OVID & SIRE, manages environmental programs, provides input for management reviews, monitors the master's review process, provides training where needed, tracks non-conformities until resolution, develops lessons learned, and provides input for continuous improvement.

Manages the safety communications program including issuance of weekly safety emails and newsletters. Manages HELM for all related safety, environmental, health, and security matters. Acts as the company subject matter expert for these areas and supports other superintendents to ensure compliance in these areas as appropriate.

Pro-actively engages with and supports operations including boat operators to ensure they are successful in implementing the safety and quality management systems.


  • Manages regional implementation of the safety and quality management system.
  • Supports (near miss) incident reporting for the specific region. Ensures that trends are identified and communicated back to the boat crews.
  • Ensures that incidents of interests are investigated and partners with operations while doing so. Coordinates and where needed assists with or completes investigations in accordance with the safety management system requirements.
  • Completes internal and external audits as required by the ISM Code, OCIMF, TMSA, OVMSA, OVID & SIRE. Ensures that internal audits are focused on supporting boat operators in understanding the safety and quality management system implementation, feel supported in doing so, and recognize that well written non-conformities and observations and serve continuous improvement. Engages with the compliance manager in executing this responsibility.
  • Regional management of change administrator.
  • Tracks non-conformities / observations and investigation recommendations which stem from internal / external audits until resolution.
  • Manages environmental programs such as facility storm water management program where applicable in the region and engages with the compliance manager in in executing this responsibility.
  • Provides inputs for the compliance manager as it relates to safety metrics, management, masters and other reviews as appropriate.
  • Conducts on the job safety/environmental training as needed and oversees safety and regulatory training.
  • Develops and distributes safety alert bulletins.
  • With the assistance from regional operations and engineering prepare vessels and facilities for internal and external audits. Provides input for continuous improvement
  • Develops, tracks, and manages the implementation of corrective and preventative actions identified in audits, incident investigations, near misses and safety observations
  • Manages regional vessel and facility waste and HAZMAT compliance as per federal, state and other regulatory requirements
  • Oversees regional compliance with local OSHA standards for aspects such shoreside heavy equipment certifications, compliance in the use of respirators and assuring that equipment operators are trained and or certified to local OSHA standards.
  • Monitors the quality of vessel emergency drills and Job Safety Analysis through onboard observation and assists vessel personnel in applying improvements when warranted
  • Liaises as appropriate with regional regulatory representatives: OSHA, USCG, ABS, Harbor Safety Committee, etc.
  • Assists on projects/initiatives as needed.
  • Serves as Company Security Officer (CSO); company contingency planning expert; or company ISO, ISM, Sub M compliance expert.

Planning and Administration

  • Administration of safety and quality management system records.
  • Administrator of regional spill response team including providing for required training to maintain regional regulatory standards.
  • Regional Safety Committee secretary and sponsor.
  • Regional level Management of Change administrator.
  • Maintains records for company facility HAZMAT and OSHA compliance.


  • Be a leader for "SpeakUp", including encouraging peers and staff to exhibit a safe and ethical culture.
  • Understands and complies with Company policies and procedures, including EEO, Non-Discrimination, Harassment, and Saltchuk Code of Ethical Business Conduct.
  • Effectively communicates regional/department goals and objectives.
  • Provides direction and leadership to achieve company Core Values, Mission and Safety Vision.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Accomplishes all tasks as appropriately assigned or requested.
  • Adheres to all company policies.


  • Tug and barge operations and facility management and security.
  • Knowledge on safety, environment, health, and security regulatory requirements including local, state and federal regulations.
  • English language skills necessary for oral, written and phone communications.
  • Knowledge of USCT and OSHA rules and guidelines.
  • Personal computer skills, Windows, Word, Excel and a general knowledge of office machines.
  • OSHA and HAZMAT compliance.
  • Internal audit procedures and practices.
  • Excellent communications and human relations skills.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to tactfully interact with a wide range of personalities and the ability to extract maximum level of effort, cooperation and output from personnel.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to demonstrate high ethical standard of honesty and integrity to lead by example
  • Resourcefulness and creativity tin order to identify and propose course(s) of action to a wide range of HSE, operations and regulatory issues
  • Attention to detail and analytical skills are necessary to evaluate compliance issues encountered during field activities
  • Ability to conduct internal HSE and security audits
  • Must be able to perform duties with minimal supervision
  • Command of English language necessary for oral and written communication.


This position requires a Bachelor's degree in marine transportation, engineering, safety or similar field or appropriate professional certification. Vocational training, terminal work experience or military (USCG) equivalent experience and training may substituted for any professional certifications or formal education. A working knowledge of marine transportation is required.


Work is performed in environments ranging from outside to inside, noisy to quiet, hot to cold, and wet to dry as well as in normal office environments. May be required to work more than a normal workweek, including weekends. Travel may also be required. On-call status is required 24/7 along. Regular and predictable attendance is a requirement.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be involved with accessing vessels, sometimes climbing stairs, bending, stooping and reaching overhead. Must be able to lift and carry at least 50 lbs.


This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills, working conditions associated with the positions. While it is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements, these requirements may change over time. Management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary.

Foss Maritime Company is an Equal Opportunity - Affirmative Action Employer and a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We are committed to a diverse workforce and taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Foss is a drug-free employer and a participant of the E-Verify Employment Verification Program.

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