SAINT JOHN – News dropped last week that Maritime icon Theodore Tugboat will be sailing from Halifax to anchor in Saint John this summer.
While in Saint John, Theodore will host daily family and public harbour tours, as well as cruise excursions, from early June through to the end of cruise season in October.
Theodore will also be available for groups, private charter, and on several occasions will go to the mouth of the harbour to welcome cruise ships on their inaugural visits. When he’s not doing that, he’ll be moored at Pugsley Slip on Water Street.
But in order for Theodore to fulfill all of these important duties, he’s going to need some manpower to help him out. That’s why Ambassatours Gray Line is on the hunt for some experienced captains– and when we say “experienced” we’re not kidding.
Unfortunately, this isn’t a chill summer job you can pick up while your home from school, or just think hanging out on the water for the summer “would be kind of nice.”
According to an ad Ambassatours Gray Line posted on Kijiji , to be Theodore’s captain, you must have the following experience, licensing and training:
- Master Limited 60 Gross or more
- Chief Mate, 60 Gross Tons or more
- SVMO considered an asset
- Marine Emergency Duties A2
- ROC Radio Certificate
- Current Marine Medical
- Marine Basic First Aid
- Previous commercial passenger vessel experience considered an asset
I don’t even know what half of those things are.
As captain, your daily duties will include:
- Operate Transport Canada Inspected Passenger Vessels in a manner that ensures the Safety and Security of the Crew, – Enjoyment of the Passengers, and Respect for the Environment.
- Our Captains have heavy public contact; therefore, we are looking for individuals who take pride in their appearance and have superb guest service & communication skills. A flexible schedule is a must. The schedule includes evenings, weekends and holidays.
- As the Master in Navigational Command, operates the vessel with due regard for the company’s Safety Management System (SMS), proper Standards of Watch Standing and Wheelhouse Resources Management, and in accordance with the practice of good seamanship. – Directly supervises the First Mate, Deckhands, and other Crew Members in all areas of Marine Transportation Safety and Training.
So yeah, to even qualify for this job, you legitimately have to be a real captain.