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1st Mate


The 1st Mate supervises, trains and coordinates activities of the deck force and is responsible for assisting with the vessel’s piloting, navigation, safety, security, first aid, cleanliness, and small boat operations. The 1st Mate reports to the Master of the vessel and will assist the Master in communicating and enforcing all company policies and procedures.


 Assumes command of the ship in the event the Captain becomes incapacitated.
 Inspects the vessel for overall cleanliness, including engine room, deck areas, crew quarters, windows and exterior hull.
 Maintains deck supply inventories and requisitions.
 Acts as vessel security officer.
 Prepares vessel for and attends all U.S. Coast Guard annual dry docks and inspections.
 Maintains professional demeanor with guests, crew, staff, agents, officials and the public.
 Participates in guest activities and public relations such as recaps, dining with guests, etc. as directed by the Captain.
 Exhibits an aptitude and enthusiasm for training and managing inexperienced crewmembers.
 Trains deck force in skills needed to perform docking, anchoring, watch duties, safety and routine ship maintenance.
 Directs the deck force and handles communications between bridge, crew and dock personnel during docking procedures.
 Supervises crew engaged in cleaning and maintaining deck, superstructure, and bridge of ship.
 Reviews and updates watch and duty work lists.
 Evaluates and documents the performance of the deck force as directed in performance appraisal guidelines.

Watch Duty:
 Assumes responsibility for bridge navigation and deck watch during specified periods. Determines geographical position of the ship, using all available means such as GPS, radar ranges, visual observations, depth sounders, etc.
 Makes necessary entries in navigation and radio logs.
 Handles the vessel (as directed by the Captain) in docking, anchoring, piloting, en route, in close quarters and open sea conditions.
 Navigates vessel to ensure avoidance of marine hazards such as reefs, outlying shoals, shallow waters, etc. using aids to navigation such as lights, lighthouses, and buoys.

Small Boat Operations:
 Drives inflatable boats as needed.
 Assists with loading guests, staff, and crew in and out of inflatable boats.

Safety and Security:
 Follows company safety and pollution prevention policies and procedures and requests supervisory assistance/guidance when necessary.
 Directs crew in emergency drills. Conducts onboard safety training and drills as directed by the Captain, including fire, abandon ship, man overboard, flooding and medical emergencies.
 Performs gangway watch as directed by the duty schedule.
 Acts as First Aid Officer; maintains first aid kits and medical supplies on board as well as filling out all guest, crew and staff injury/illness reports. Assists Captain with treating injured/ill guests and crew.
Ensures proper handling and disposal of biohazards.
 Maintains and administers vessel Preventive Maintenance Plan and Safety Training Program.
 Oversees vessel hazard communications program and related training, including material Safety Data Sheets and utilization of personal protective equipment.
 Participates in shore side training as required by the company.
 Ensures compliance with the company Safety Management System including Emergency Response Activities; reports non-conformities to vessel master and appropriate shore-side personnel.


This job is available to US passport holders ONLY.

Desired Qualifications:
 Experience operating port-to-port in Southeast Alaska.
 At least 360 sea days of Mate experience on passenger-carrying vessels, including supervisory responsibility and social interaction with guests.
 Excellent crisis management skills; ability to act quickly with confidence while exercising sound judgment.
 Strong time management skills; able to handle multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
 Personal computer experience: MS Windows applications and spreadsheet experience (Excel).