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Bosun Job Description and Duties:

Cruise ship Bosun (Boatswain)

The Bosun or Boatswain is the highest ranking rating (non-officer) position in the Deck Department. The Bosun is in charge of all subordinate deck rating positions aboard the cruise ship and his/her main duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

- Supervises, coordinates, coaches and evaluates all non-officer deck personal - Quartermaster, Carpenter, Able Seaman, Ordinary Seaman positions

- In conjunction with the Staff Captain plans and schedules all activities in regards to regular maintenance of all areas of the cruise vessel not maintained by the engineering department - cleaning, painting the ship's hull and all deck equipment

- Assigns daily tasks to the deck crew and checks the completed work for compliance with the cruise lines standards and operating procedures

- The Boatswain plays a key role in mooring and anchoring operations and must be well versed in handling lines, knots, whipping, splices and hitches

- Must be fully proficient in operating tenders and rescue boats

- Participates in all major safety drills as well as in U.S. Coast Guard inspections

- Attends on regular basis meetings, training activities and courses as required by the company policies

Cruise Ship Bosun Job Requirements:

  • Minimum of 3 years experience in a role of Bosun or 5 years as Able Seaman aboard ships

  • Experience aboard a cruise vessel is preferred

  • Candidates must posses strong coaching, decision making, conflict resolution and team building skills

  • Must hold Basic Safety Course Certificate and appropriate licenses and certificates

  • Good verbal and written command of the English language

  • Ability to speak additional language(s) is a plus

Bosun Salary Range:

$2500 to 4700 U.S. per month and up depending on the cruise line and time served with the company. Possibilities for promotion to a Deck Officer position after obtaining required license and certificates.


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