Forced to train a steersman

My company put this out the other day, “Training Steersman will become a requirement and a condition of employment of all captains employed”.

So my question is: Is this legal and anyone have any info that goes against the above statement? I have no issue with training anyone I have given a letter of recommendation to, or anyone that I believe will become a great towboat captain. My issue is with being FORCED to train someone that I had no say in the matter if this individual is ready to become a captain or not. Thanks for your time everyone.



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7 thoughts on “Forced to train a steersman

  • April 12, 2020 at 4:56 am
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    There is barely anyone entering the industry let alone young people. Everyone will have to train people regardless of the position it is the only way it can survive.

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  • April 12, 2020 at 4:56 am
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    I am a tankerman now. Going to get apprentice mates as soon as I have enough sea time. I switched boats because the captain didnt like to train steersman. If you have been at your company long enough and you dont like them tell them to get them off.

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  • April 12, 2020 at 4:56 am
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    I’m an engine side guy, but I would say don’t worry about it until it becomes a problem. Doesn’t say you can’t fire a bad steersman, or ask for a different one. You have to train people, but not everyone. I don’t know. I’ve always been expected to train an assistant if they send me one, but if they send me someone incompetent I’ll send them right back.

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  • April 12, 2020 at 4:56 am
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    If you do not have a union or employment contract, then yes they can make training part of your job description. I would suggest that you ask the company provide you with training requirements and standards. It seems to me like someone in the office is covering their ass for when something goes wrong they can say “Well clearly the captain has not been training his crew. It could not be anyway related to anything management has/has not done.”

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  • April 12, 2020 at 4:56 am
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    While I think training people is great at the end of the day it’s your license your putting on the line. Plenty of companies looking for good captains of you want to move.

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  • April 12, 2020 at 4:56 am
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    I don’t know the legal. But what happens if you just tell them you don’t want to? Your reasoning seems sound.

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