Mar­itime Acad­emy Grad­u­ate Pro­gram & Career Oppor­tu­ni­ties for Entry Level Deck­hand; Licensed Cap­tains, Pilots, Tanker­men; Shore Tanker­men and In-​Plant Operators


Kirby Inland Marine oper­ates the largest fleet of inland tank barges and tow­ing ves­sels in US. Kirby’s ser­vice area spans the Gulf Intra­coastal Water­way, the Mis­sis­sippi River Sys­tem, the Illi­nois River, the Ohio River and numer­ous other waterways.

Petro­chem­i­cals, refined prod­ucts, black oil prod­ucts, and pres­sur­ized prod­ucts are trans­ported effi­ciently and safely from pro­duc­ers to inter­me­di­aries to end users. Kirby Inland Marine oper­ates 887 active inland tank barges, 161 active tow­ing ves­sels and five fleets and employs 1,530 mariners with over 1000 being on a boat at any given time.

Kirby train­ing pro­grams are unique in the indus­try. In an effort to curb an industry-​wide employee short­age, Kirby insti­tuted the Kirby (Mate) Pilot Pro­gram which walks its own Tanker­men through the process of attain­ing his or her Master’s License in the short­est amount of time. Also, Kirby began to incor­po­rate grad­u­ates of mar­itime acad­e­mies in its Pilot Program.

Kirby Inland Career Opportunities

  • Entry Level Deck­hand: A Deck­hand posi­tion is the start­ing point for ves­sel careers with Kirby. No mar­itime expe­ri­ence is required, only a good work ethic and the will­ing­ness to learn. Kirby’s in-​house train­ing cen­ter gives you a solid foun­da­tion pro­vid­ing you with the basic knowl­edge and skills needed to be suc­cess­ful on a towboat.
  • Licensed Cap­tains, Pilots, Tanker­men: Cap­tains and other wheel­men nav­i­gate the ves­sel in a safe man­ner, ensur­ing that proper safety reg­u­la­tions are fol­lowed. Appli­cant must hold a Mas­ter of Tow­ing Vessels/​Mate of Tow­ing Ves­sel or Mas­ter of 200 Gross Tons or more with a tow­ing ves­sels endorse­ment. As a tanker­man PIC (Per­son In Charge), you are respon­si­ble for prep­ping barges and trans­fer­ring chem­i­cals nec­es­sary for daily liv­ing. Appli­cant must hold a Mer­chant Mariner’s Doc­u­ment (MMD), oth­er­wise known as a Tankerman’s Ticket. If you don’t hold an MMD, read more about the tanker­man trainee train­ing pro­gram below.
  • Kirby’s Mar­itime Acad­emy Graduate/​Officer of a Tow­ing Ves­sel Pro­gram (MOTV): MOTV offers an oppor­tu­nity for mar­itime grad­u­ates with lit­tle or no expe­ri­ence to be hired as a license steers­man to learn the nec­es­sary skills to pilot a tow­ing ves­sel and tow upon the Inland Waters and West­ern Rivers. Upon com­ple­tion of the pro­gram, can­di­dates will be pro­moted to a watch-​standing pilot posi­tion. Require­ments: Hold a valid US Coast Guard license as a 3rd Mate (Oceans); Mate(Pilot) Tow­ing Ves­sel or Master/​Mate 500 GT or Greater; Hold and main­tain a valid STCW Cer­tifi­cate; Radar Observer, Unlim­ited; Hold a valid MMD endorse­ment as a Able Sea­man (AB); and Grad­u­ated from an accred­ited US Mar­itime Academy.

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Kirby Off­shore Marine Career Opportunities

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Kirby Off­shore Marine, head­quar­tered in State Island, NY, is a lead­ing provider of marine trans­porta­tion, dis­tri­b­u­tion, and logis­tics ser­vices in the US. Kirby Off­shore offers excit­ing career oppor­tu­ni­ties and are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing a safe, com­fort­able, and pro­duc­tive work envi­ron­ment. The com­pany offers: Excel­lent com­pen­sa­tion; Equal time rota­tion; Excel­lent med­ical den­tal and vision ben­e­fits; 401(k); Paid train­ing; and, Career advance­ment opportunities.

Kirby Logis­tics Man­age­ment Career Opportunities


Kirby Logis­tics Man­age­ment (KLM) pro­vides shore man­power for the refin­ing, chem­i­cal, liq­uid tank ter­mi­nal and marine trans­porta­tion indus­tries in these pri­mary func­tions: Shore Tanker­men and In-​Plant Oper­a­tors. No refin­ery spe­cific expe­ri­ence is required for entry level posi­tions, only a good work ethic and the will­ing­ness to learn. Kirby’s in-​house train­ing cen­ter pro­vides you with the knowl­edge and skills needed. your social media marketing partner