Staff Captain


Staff Captain Job Description and Duties: The Staff Captain is the second in command aboard the cruise ship and Head of the Deck Department; Reports directly to the Master;
Must be familiar with all duties and responsibilities of the Master and should be able to assume command of the vessel at any time.

- Oversees all activities taking place on the bridge during docking, maneuvers, departure and at open sea
- Responsible for all navigational aspects of ship's operations and watch keeping schedules and assignment of duties
- Responsible for the fresh water supplies and consumption aboard the vessel (in conjunction with the Chief Engineer)
- Ensures that all ship's stability calculations and verifications are made for the intended voyage and trains the subordinate deck officers in performing these functions
- Ensures that all ship officers, staff and crew are properly trained regarding emergency procedures and attend safety drills on regular basis
- Makes sure that all lifesaving equipment is in proper working order and ready for an immediate use
- Ensures the correct implementation of "crew rounds" (crew cabins safety inspections) and in-port manning
- Responsible for the budget and inventory control of the department, making sure that expenditures stay within or below the company budget
- Oversees all aspects of safety and security issues of the ship, guests, staff and crew; investigates accidents, incidents and non-conformities in conjunction with the Safety Officer and Security Officer
- Responsible for planning, execution and safe operation of tendering services when the ship is at anchor (not docked at a pier)
- Authorizes all guests or crew tours of the bridge, theater backstage or other restricted areas of the ship as conditions permit


- National Certificate of Competency (Unlimited Master’s license) plus all applicable STCW 95 certificates
- Diploma from an accredited maritime training school or facility
- Minimum one year experience as a Deck Officer (minimum 6 months as a Staff Captain or 1st Officer) aboard a cruise vessel
- Excellent verbal and written command of the English language
- Strong leadership and managerial skills along with ability to work in multicultural environment