Tankerman (PTL Marine/Maxum Petroleum) - Richmond, CA

The Tankerman oversees cargo transfer operations, which are covered by laws and regulations of the U.S. Coast Guard and other federal and local government agencies. Provides safe, pollution-free and efficient cargo movement and transfer.


From $45.00 - $55.00 per hour based on years of experience

Essential Responsibilities

  • Responsible for all equipment and products on the barge.
  • Confers with and receives orders from the Pilot.
  • Moves cargo from one compartment to another within the barges.
  • Loads cargo to the proper barge draft.
  • Maintenance of machinery on vessel and barges (pumps, pump engines, winches, etc.).
  • Work with complex pumping diagrams, pumps, valves, etc.
  • Respond in a safe, efficient manner to mitigate pollution or damage in any shipboard emergency (hatch overflow or holes in the barges).
  • Assist with fueling operations.
  • Load and unload stores for customers.
  • Assist the operator on vessel inspections.
  • Report any problems or discrepancies noted during daily operations.
  • Security awareness and reporting.
  • Chipping and painting maintenance on the boat.
  • Repairs flame screens and cleans pressure vacuum valves on the barge.
  • Greases winches and other equipment.
  • Clean and scour the boat.
  • Keep the barge clean and free of worn out or unneeded equipment.
  • Ensure all equipment is properly stowed.
  • Make up the tow and stand lookout.
  • Compliance with the company Safety Management System (SMS), and familiar with company policies, procedures, safety rules and regulations and abide by them.

Other Functions

  • Performs other general operations and administrative duties as directed.
  • Other general maintenance as directed.

Minimum Requirements

  • Certificates, licenses and registrations required.
  • Computer skills required.
  • Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations.
  • Writes clearly and informatively, able to read and interpret written information.
  • Follows policies and procedures, supports organization’s goals and values.
  • Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Meets productivity standards, completes work in a timely manner.
  • Observes safety and security procedures.


  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Prior experience or training related to tankerman activities

Working Conditions

  • Required to stand, walk, sit, climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel or crawl.
  • Required to utilize hand and finger dexterity.
  • Utilize visual acuity to operate equipment, read technical information, and/or use a keyboard.
  • Work near moving mechanical parts.
  • Work in high precarious places and around fumes.
  • Required to lift/push/carry items more than 50 pounds.
  • Occasional exposure to wet and/or humid conditions (non-weather).
  • Continual exposure to outside weather conditions and extreme heat or cold (non-weather).
  • Occasional exposure to bloodborne and airborne pathogens or infectious materials.
  • Frequently very loud noise.
  • Specialized equipment, machines, or vehicles used.
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