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Hatch Foreman
Houston, TX
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This position is responsible for performing operational functions that include the vessel stowage as well as communicating with the Equipment Operators and the stevedores who are physically loading the vessel, as well as overseeing the Stevedoring Department. The job functions must be carried out in accordance with general work instructions and established office practices, procedures and precedents.  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Receives direct supervision from the Ship Superintendent and exercises supervision over Operators, Gang Foreman, and Longshore workers.



  • Performs all functions in accordance with operation and safety guidelines
  • Follow stow plan for the loading and discharging of vessel
  • Supervise and coordinate loading and discharge during vessel operations
  • Ensure proper gear is in good condition before use when lifting cargo
  • Report any damages immediately to Superintendent
  • Use two-way hand-held radios to communicate with staff while operation is in progress
  • Comprehend flagman hand signals
  • Cooperate with US Customs during cargo operation for each vessel
  • Maintain complete confidentiality of all information
  • Report employees not using appropriate Personal Protective Equipment to Superintendent
  • Maintain a clean work area, free of debris or safety hazards and awareness of surroundings (i.e. vehicles, people checking equipment, etc.) at all times.



  • Operate 9K, 30K or 52K forklift when needed to move cargo to designated area
  • Performs additional job duties as assigned



  • Must have a minimum of two (2) to three (3) years of industry related experience working as Longshore both on the vessel and on shore.
  • Must have a minimum one (2) year forklift experience, operating 9K, 30K or 52K forklift
  • Must be Forklift Certified
  • Must have the ability to read, write, and speak Intermediate English
  • Must be able to obtain HAZMAT certification within 90 days from hire
  • Ability to meet and deal effectively with stevedore co-workers
  • Must have the ability to function effectively in a fast paced, team oriented work environment
  • Must have the ability to work independently with limited supervision and strong initiative
  • Must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees
  • Must have the ability to think logically, follow procedures, instructions and make sound decisions
  • Must be able to work (flexible hours) extended hours including nights, overtime, weekends and holidays



  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Hazmat Certification is a plus
  • Knowledge operating two-way hand-held radios
  • Flagman hand signal knowledge


  • Subject to physical and/or DOT Screening is required along with other tests as applicable
  • The employee must be able to work in high altitudes
  • The employee is occasionally required to sit (while driving), grasp and exercise eye-hand coordination and eye-hand-foot coordination.
  • The employee is frequently required to reach forward, exercise repetitive foot and wrist motion and finger dexterity.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use their fingers
  • The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. 
  • The employee is frequently required to talk and hear
  • The employee is occasionally required to climb, bend forward, squat, twist, reach overhead and pinch
  • The employee is occasionally required to lift, carry, push and pull up to 55 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus



  • Report safety hazards
  • Immediately report incidents involving injury, illness, or property damage
  • Wear appropriate PPE as instructed by immediate supervisor
  • Comply with all company safety policies, procedures, and rules
  • Refuse any unsafe task or operation
  • Participate in safety meetings and training
  • Be constantly aware of their personal safety and that of their coworkers


  • Exposure to all possible environmental factors such as extreme heat, rain, wind and high humidity during day and night shifts
  • The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts
  • The employee is continuously exposed to dust, fumes, and airborne particles
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high



  • The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position
  • The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change

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