Passenger Barge Master

Command barges to transport passengers on inland waterways.
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Salary Range
$31,000 – $117,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Passenger Barge Masters do?

Commands barge to transport passengers on inland waterways, such as estuaries, lakes, bays, sounds, and rivers: Sets course of barge, using navigational aids, such as charts, area plotting sheets, compass, and sextant. Steers or orders crew worker at helm to steer barge and navigates barge to avoid reefs, outlying shoals, and other hazards to shipping, utilizing aids, such as lights, lighthouses, and buoys. Determines geographical position of barge, using loran and azimuths of celestial bodies. Inspects barge to ensure that passengers and crew observe regulations pertaining to safe and efficient operation of barge. Relinquishes command of barge to PILOT, SHIP to guide barge through hazardous waters. Maintains barge’s log. Must be licensed by U.S. Coast Guard for steam or motor barge according to waters navigated and tonnage of barge.

Should I be a Passenger Barge Master?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Master, Passenger Barge

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