Tug Master London (UK)




We believe that towage is all about people. The success of our company depends on the people working for us. Their contribution, their added value to the organization, and their willingness to commit to our core values are all highly valued.


Our culture, our conduct, and our business approach are based on core values: Transparency & professional honesty, Teamwork & operational efficiency, Flexibility & innovation, and Excellence in customer care & service.


We are a highly ambitious company with an expanding footprint around the world. Increasing volumes across our UK ports mean that we need to increase our pool of high-quality tug crews, to work on our modern, powerful, and varied fleet of tugs including ROTOR’s, ASD’s and Voith Schneider propulsion systems.

For the team of Boluda Towage in London, we are recruiting new colleagues:




London (UK)

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Objective of position

The Tug Master presides over the crew of his ship. In this role, you are responsible for adequate management of the tug and its crew, ensuring safe and optimal towage services, both in port and at sea, to contribute to the commercial and operational goals of the company.


The size of the crew is dependent on the region to be navigated, and the nature of the voyage. You represent the shipping company and its policy, and conducts effectively the services of Boluda Towage in our UK ports.


The Tug Master manages, executes, and monitors the maintenance of the vessel, ensuring that the vessel is in compliance with Class, Flag State, HSE-Q, and other compulsory regulations & operational requirements in a safe, effective and cost-efficient manner. Furthermore, you will ensure that spare parts, consumables, and inspections are planned and ordered on time.


The Tug Master reports hierarchical to the Operations Manager in the area and functional to the local Superintendent.


Key tasks

  • Responsible for the safe navigation, manoeuvring and mooring of the tug
  • Ensure towing services are performed safe and efficiently
  • Coach, train, evaluate and guide the tug crew and ensure tasks and duties are understood
  • Manage the tug in such a way that it is maintained well, and a pleasant work environment is created
  • Build and maintain relationships with clients, pilots, port authorities and other third parties, communicate effectively to ensure Boluda is considered a trustworthy and reliable service provider
  • Ensure accurate ship administration (planned maintenance system) and (monthly) reporting
  • Ensure the tug and its operations comply with company, flag state and legal requirements and all necessary certificates are up to date and complete
  • Report unsafe situations and actions to contribute to increased safety and awareness
  • Perform safety drills on a regular basis

What type of applicant are we looking for?


  • Education/certificates: Nautical school
  • Company mandatory training
  • Minimum 2-3 years of experience working on a tug, local port knowledge
  • Certificate Master, in line with the designated vessel and its operational area
  • Valid medical and training certificates, in compliance with flag state requirements
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Your talents:


  • Team player: build and maintain the team morale
  • Motivating colleagues: inspiring enthusiasm in others and encouraging others to take initiative 
  • Flexible attitude
  • Taking initiative: taking action, rather than waiting passively to see what happens 
  • Find practical solutions for problems
  • Adaptability: responds immediately and adequately to unexpected and urgent matters
  • Professional attitude: actively focusing on and achieving or exceeding results
  • Communicational skills: effectively transferring thoughts and expressing ideas to individuals or groups both written and verbally.

We offer:


  • A dynamic career with the global market leading towage provider
  • Attractive terms and conditions
  • Working within a small team in the UK
  • Enthusiastic, motivated, and passionate colleagues
  • An interesting job environment in the port of London (UK)


If you are enthusiastic about ports, feeling connected to the maritime industry and keen on bringing your dedication and talent into a challenging and a dynamic working environment, then we should meet. We invite you to submit your motivation letter and CV, by filling out the online application form on our website.

For more information about the vacancy, please contact our HR Manager UK, Melanie Cain via office phone: +44 151 207 8543.

*** Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated ****

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In the application forms (open applications or vacancies) you can give your permission to Boluda Towage Europe to store your personal data for a period of 4 weeks or prolong the period of 4 weeks for storage up to a maximum of 1 year.

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Before completing the application form below, please note that there are mandatory requirements:


Boluda Towage Europe operates in Northwest Europe (Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, and the UK). For this reason, we only can accept applications if a candidate:


  1. Holds citizenship in the EU/UK or has a work permit in Europe/EU/UK.
  2. Has a good command of the local language, applicable to the vacancy concerned.

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