Chief Engineer


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.


- 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.

- Participates in yearly shipyards working closely with the US Coast Guard and ABS inspectors to ensure regulatory compliance.


- Directly supervises the Assistant Engineer.

- 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.

- Maintains up to date logs for all equipment and communicates with Port Engineers frequently.

- 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 observe 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 training as required by the company.

- Maintains familiarity with the ISM Code and requirements.

- Maintains familiarity with all duties under the company Safety Management System including Emergency Response activities.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

- 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 of computer systems, with the ability to utilize MS software applications in a Windows environment.

- Professional demeanor; ability to use appropriate levels of tact and courtesy.

- Must be a self-starter, able to handle multiple tasks, work with little supervision and work in confined spaces.

- 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 judgement.

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:

- DDE 4000 preferred.

- Current First Aid/CPR certification required.

- Valid TWIC card required.

- Valid US Passport required.

- STCW Basic Safety Training required.

- STCW Crowd Management preferred.

- Advanced Fire Fighting Certification preferred.


- The physical demands are described in the Chief Engineer Job Analysis sheet and is available to all applicants.


- The Chief Engineer works 12 hours per day: approximately 6 weeks on, 6 weeks off rotational schedule.