Assistant Dock Master

Job ID
Posted Date
1 month ago(4/28/2021 12:08 PM)
Regular Full-Time


Colonna's Shipyard is looking to obtain experienced candidates within our Operations Department.

We are pleased to accept resumes for an Assistant Dock Master.

This is a full-time position with competitive pay, based on experience, and immediate work within our headquarters in Norfolk, VA.


  • Work under the direction of the Dock Master to:
    • Gain experience in all aspects of the Dock Master position
    • Learn required skills to become a Dock Master
    • Work towards Dock Master certifications
  • Assist all docking and undocking operations of vessels in an efficient manner while ensuring the safety of all personnel and equipment
  • Interface with Operations Management to schedule the docking and undocking of vessels.
  • Read and interpret docking plans/arrangements, assist in the development of blocking plans with safe blocking loads based upon sound calculations, and be capable of layout/safe arrangement of blocks for docking.
  • Support the Dock Master in the execution of safe dry-docking evolutions and vessel launching, analyze tide and wind conditions, and maintain weight logs and docking plans.
  • Responsible for the technical work in docking, rigging, hauling, and undocking vessels
  • Coordinate with all parties concerned during launching operations
  • Represent the docking department to conduct all Risk Assessments for all docking department’s activities.
  • Prepare and submit reports for all activities
  • Assist in the management and utilization of resources effectively by: a) maximizing manpower b) managing overtime c) adhering to time keeping d) proper assignment of tasks
  • Liaise with Contracts Dept for the procurement of Dock material requirement
  • Helps to provide oversight to flooding operations and removal of vessels from dry dock.
  • Other job duties as assigned


  • 3-5 years shipboard/shipyard experience
  • Experience with floating dry docks, marine railways, and large marine travel lifts
  • Reading and comprehension of docking plans and blocking plans
  • Able to build blocks for dry docking from the existing plans and sketches
  • Must be familiar with ARMY, MSC, USCG and NOAA rules and regulations on all dock operations
  • Must have considerable knowledge of structure of vessels, stress points, load factors, cradle positioning, and blocking of vessels
  • Must have knowledge in stability calculations and docking plan development
  • Must be able to obtain federal and state security clearances
  • Knowledge of Coast Guard regulations and safety requirements
  • 24 hour and 7-day (24 / 7) availability
  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • 4-year college degree is strongly desired; Maritime Studies or Engineering Degree preferred
  • Must be able to work and communicate effectively with others

Compensation & Benefits

Position compensation is based on experience.


Our benefits include: 
• Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
• 401K, company match
• Paid Time Off (PTO)
• Legal Services
• Annual performance evaluations 
• On-site Human Resources
• On-site gym
• Free and close proximity parking
• Employee perks/gifts and more


All resumes are reviewed immediately for consideration.


Colonna’s Shipyard and our affiliates are pleased to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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These are our VALUES and the guidelines that make us a leader in our industry. We are pleased and confident in stating that our skilled employees are among the most respected experts in the ship repair industry.


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