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Chief Engineer-Small Expedition Type Vessel


The Chief Engineer is responsible for maintenance, operation, and repair of all vessel electrical and mechanical systems onboard ships. The Chief Engineer works in conjunction with the Assistant Engineer when applicable. The Chief Engineer reports to the Master of the vessel and will assist the Master in communicating and enforcing all company policies and procedures.


Repair and Maintenance:

 Maintains the ship in a state of readiness at all times.
 Maintains potable water and auto chlorination system.
 Maintains black water/gray water/waste tanks, treatment, and testing program.
 Monitors and ensures completion of all deficiencies noted in Cabin Maintenance Notebook.
 Oversees all bunkering operations and ensures safety and environmental compliance.
 Oversees and maintains systems including engineering, deck and hotel following preventative maintenance program on daily, weekly and monthly basis with the support of the Assistant Engineer.
 Actively participates in shipyard repair and maintenance periods.


 Directly supervises the Assistant Engineer (where applicable).
 Monitors and counsels work performance throughout the year, and conducts annual written performance evaluations.
 Trains all new and relief Chief Engineers and Assistant Engineers.


 Keeps vessel maintenance records, inventories and voyage status reports. Make proposals for maintenance and repair projects.
 Assist in building the annual shipyard budget and manage projects to the established budget.
 Maintains up to date logs for all equipment.
 Oversees all accounting reports, inventory and requisitions regarding equipment maintenance.

Safety and Security:

 Follows company safety and pollution prevention policies and procedures and will request supervisory assistance/guidance when necessary.
 Conducts periodic inspections to ensure that crew observes regulations pertaining to safe vessel operation.
 Prepares the vessel for all U.S. Coast Guard annual dry-docks and other inspections.
 Participates in shore side and on board training as required by the company.
 Maintains familiarity with all duties under the company Safety Management System including Emergency Response Activities.


 Maritime Engineering School Graduate in good standing and/or a Designated Duty License, or
equivalent, preferred.
 2 years experience as Engineer on 100-ton vessels preferred.
 Strong knowledge of diesel propulsion and electricity generating systems preferred. Also should have
knowledge of support systems such as fuel centrifuges, air compressors, pumps, hydraulics, water
makers, hotel systems, plumbing, refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning.
 Proficient user or computer systems, with the ability to utilize MS software applications in a Windows
 Professional demeanor; ability to use appropriate levels of tact and courtesy.
 Strong time management skills; able to handle multiple tasks, set priorities and meet deadlines.
 Crisis management; work well under pressure, act quickly and decisively using sound judgment.

Communication Skills:

The Chief Engineer will have some guest contact and must be professional and have the ability to present information and respond to questions. Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Must be able to provide concise and clear reports as required.

Licenses, Certificates, Registrations:

 Current First Aid/CPR certification required.
 Valid TWIC card required.
 STCW Basic Safety Training preferred.
 STCW Crowd Management preferred.
 Fire Fighting Certification preferred.


All vessel positions can be physically demanding. Bending, climbing, repetitive motion, and heavy lifting are requirements of most vessel positions. Every crew member works varied shifts, which average 12 hours a day, every day while on board.