Boat Dispatcher

Coordinate freight movement to provide efficient service to shippers.
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Salary Range
$47,000 – $133,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Boat Dispatchers do?

Coordinates movement of freight by barge or lighter to provide most efficient service to shippers consistent with available equipment and facilities: Determines number and kind of barges and lighters needed to transport cargo. Coordinates movement of vessels to ensure most efficient service. Assigns barges and lighters to individual haulage jobs and issues orders to TUGBOAT CAPTAINS. Compiles or directs activities of workers engaged in compilation of periodic reports on freight tonnage transported and cost of operations.


Should I be a Boat Dispatcher?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.

  • Also known as: Dispatch Manager, General-Office Dispatcher

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