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Port Operations Officer (#PTOPOFTPAI) TPAI
$15.18-$27.16 Hourly / $2,631.20-$4,707.73 Monthly / $31,574.40-$56,492.80 Yearly


Performs duties monitoring and coordinating the operational use of the Port Authority's public docks, waterways, roadways, terminals, logistical infrastructure and vessel traffic.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED certificate; and
One or more years of experience in marine transportation, seaport operations or vessel traffic systems.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Working knowledge of the laws, regulations and County ordinances governing port facilities, foreign and domestic ships, and crews and cargo involved in interstate or foreign commerce.
  • Working knowledge of port operations policies and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of ship to shore radio protocol.
  • Working knowledge of berthing and cargo logistics.
  • Skill in the use of radio communications equipment.
  • Ability to resolve conflict.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instruction.
  • Ability to follow established procedures.
  • Ability to enforce rules, regulations and ordinances tactfully, firmly and impartially.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to disseminate emergency information.
  • Ability to maintain work related records and prepare reports.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. 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. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Advises shipmasters and pilots of maritime traffic on Tampa Bay, using the Vessel Traffic Advisory System (VTAS), to facilitate marine safety.
  • Reports violations of vessel traffic guidelines, special sailing orders, and United States Coast Guard Captain of the Port (USCG COTP) orders to appropriate local, state and federal agencies.
  • Enforces Port rules, regulations, laws, and ordinances.
  • Monitors emergency alarm systems and coordinates emergency responses to maritime casualties with federal, state and local emergency response teams.
  • Monitors vessel docking and departures to ensure compliance with the Port Tariff and Operations Manual.
  • Boards vessels to render assistance to the captain or crew.
  • Compiles berth and vessel information for billing, statistical and incident reports.
  • Assists vessels, terminal operators, stevedores, pilots, companies, federal, state and local government agencies in communicating with appropriate regulatory agencies and vessel operators.
  • Monitors and operates specialized electronic navigation tracking equipment, radio transmitters and receivers to ensure overall protection of Tampa Port Authority (TPA) property and waterways.
  • Monitors port operations for any sign of irregularity that could result in damage to facilities, personal injury or economic loss.
  • Makes berth and vessel reservations for docking at public berths in accordance with established procedures.
  • Records and reports meteorological data, from the Physical Oceanographic Real Time System (PORTS), to vessel masters and pilots for safety and statistical recordkeeping.
  • Performs other related duties as required.  

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.