Dispatch tugboats to guide ships entering or leaving port.
What does a Tugboat Dispatcher do?
Dispatches tugboats to guide ships entering or leaving port and to tow barges and log rafts: Receives written or oral customer request for services. Determines equipment required, such as tugs, barges, or derricks according to size, location and work performed. Selects tugboat captain from roster and notifies captain of order requirements, using radiotelephone. Obtains ship berthing and bunkering permits from port authorities. Reviews weather data and navigation charts and estimates time required to perform requested services. Maintains records and prepares bills for services. May notify captain of tugboat by radiotelephone of order changes. May dispatch work crews to tugboats in response to emergency requests from captain.