Profession maritime water transport general manager

Maritime water transport general managers coordinate the administrative activities that go with the management of vessels in the context of maritime water transport. They prepare vessels, check availability, liaise with clients, manage budgets, and oversee operations from an economic standpoint, following regulation for maritime operations.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional


  • Financial capability

    Financial operations such as calculations, cost estimations, budget management taking relevant commercial and statistical data into account such as data for materials, supplies and manpower.

  • International Maritime Organisation conventions

    Know International Maritime Organisation (IMO) conventions in order to maximise the efficiency and safety of international shipping.

  • Match vessels to shipping routes

    Understand how particular types of ships are transport different kinds of cargo and operate on different shipping routes. Know the current maritime routes to plan and schedule the arrival and departure of ships from ports.

  • Types of maritime vessels

    Know a large variety of maritime vessels and their characteristics and specifications. Use that knowledge to ensure that all security, technical, and maintenance measures are taken into account in their supply.


  • Liaise with transportation companies

    Establish relationships with transportation companies in order to negotiate advantageous agreements for the transport of goods and livestock.

  • Ensure continuous preparedness for audits

    Ensure constant compliance with standards and requirements, such as keeping certifications up to date and monitoring activities to ensure correct procedures are followed, so that audits can occur smoothly and no negative aspects can be identified.

  • Liaise with managers

    Liaise with managers of other departments ensuring effective service and communication, i.e. sales, planning, purchasing, trading, distribution and technical.

  • Communicate vessel requirements

    Provide advice to ship and fleet management on cargo requirements, cleaning of the tank, stability and stress, and how to continue to meet all statutory requirements for the vessel in this field.

  • Liaise with port users

    Communicate and cooperate with port users such as shipping agents, freight customers and port managers.

  • Manage vessel fleet

    Manage a vessel fleet owned by a company; know the exact fleet capacity, maintenance requirements and official licenses required/held.

  • Carry out environmental audits

    Use equipment to measure various environmental parameters in order to identify environmental problems and investigate manners in which they can be resolved, perform inspections in order to ensure compliance with environmental legislation.

  • Optimise fleet usability

    Optimise fleet utilisation, visibility, efficiency and profitability through the use of special ship management software.

  • Liaise with colleagues

    Liaise with fellow colleagues to ensure common understanding on work related affairs and agree on the necessary compromises the parties might need to face. Negotiate compromises between parties as to ensure that work in general run efficiently towards the achievement of the objectives.

  • Manage diversification of maritime operations

    Keep abreast of trends and turnover possibilities for maritime operations and pursue maximum usability of the fleet. Oversee opportunities such as offshore supply, firefighting, oil spill recovery, heavy lifting, or cable laying services.

  • Develop efficiency plans for maritime shipping

    Arrange the most efficient use of cargo space and vessel movement; monitor the number of available cranes and dock space; and assess the physical condition of ships and impact of cargo weight on the stability of ships.

  • Monitor maritime operations

    Monitor maritime activities, materials and surroundings. Review information from materials, events or the environment; identify and assess problems and communicate with ship captains.

  • Simplify communication in maritime management

    Develop programs and procedures that simplify the exchange information between departments and stakeholders in maritime ship operations and management. Facilitate straightforward dialogue between the different actors involved in operations, such as crew, port servants, ship management, regulatory bodies, and clients.

  • Read ship operational data

    Analyse and utilise vessel data in order to prevent potential problems.

  • Manage safety standards for maritime water transport

    Manage and maintain safety standards and procedures for maritime transport. Ensure that before dispatching any vessel, all regulations and standards are met. May also be required to operate as a member of an Emergency Response Team.

  • Prepare audit schemes for ships

    Plan and prepare defined period audit schemes for vessels. Envision the requirements and procedures to be undertaken, and translate these into necessary activities and actions.

Optional knowledge and skills

write routine reports show confidence use different communication channels participate as observer in different types of audits in the food sector act reliably write work-related reports global maritime distress and safety system