of the job :
Ensure the safety and comfort of the passengers,
ship, and crew as a Bridge Watch Officer as well as perform as the ship’s
Security Officer and Medical Officer. The Chief / First Mate is also
responsible for managing the deckhand staff and the upkeep of the exterior
and certain interiors of the vessel.
OF RESPONSIBILITY INCLUDE:
Emergency situations: Chief / First Mate holds a
position on the ship’s Emergency Station Bill as Scene Leader. Must
perform requirements of Emergency Station Bill for both drills and
actual emergencies to include fire, flooding, man overboard, abandon
ship, medical, and spill response. Scene leader decides who goes into
the fire, where fire boundaries are set, equipment needed, firefighting
agents used, etc. Fulfills other emergency response duties as outlined
in the station billet
Navigation/bridge watch: Operate vessel during
assigned watches to the highest professional and Cruise West standards,
with the safety of passengers and vessel being paramount. Monitor
communication equipment and keep logs and records as required by U.S.
Coast Guard and Cruise West. Make use of all bridge tools and
personnel, alerting the Captain as needed or as per orders. When in
port will maintain a gangway security watch amongst other duties as
assigned by Captain.
Security Officer: Designated as the VSO, or
Vessel Security Officer. Maintains ship’ security log and is in
possession of ship’s Vessel Security Plan. Oversight of implementation
of all elements of the Vessel Security Plan as designated by the MARSAC
Medical Officer: The Chief / First Mate is the
Company designated Medical Officer on ships authorized for a full time
Chief / First Mate position. The Medical Officer is responsible for the
supervisory management of the ship’s medical locker and the reordering
of medical supplies; and ensuring that there is always a proper and
currently certified medical response team aboard the ship on all cruises.
The Medical Officer will in most cases be one of the vessel’s principal
responders and will in any case be the medical management supervisor.
The responsibilities of the Medical Officer cannot be delegated to
another ship’s officer.
Supervision of deck staff: Assign deck work lists.
Every day provide a priority list of what needs to be done. Perform
deckhand scheduling regarding what watch they will be on with Captain’s
final approval. Provide staff with a minimum of two written evaluations
per operating year. Also responsible for employee relations counseling
as needed. Train the new deckhand staff as they come on board - how the
ship operates, how they should handle lines, navigation basics, how to
pilot the vessel, and emergency drill training. On vessels without a
Boatswain, instruct new deckhands in various procedures on how to
maintain the ship e.g. painting, splicing lines, doing varnish/bright
work, and docking procedures. Teach the deckhand staff in proper small
boat operations. (Zodiac, DIB, etc.)
Requisition of bridge and deck supplies: Awareness
of what deck supplies are in short supply. Maintain constant
communication with the deckhand staff, plus direct oversight, to know
what is in supplies inventory.
Administration: Assist in the maintenance of the
ship’s CSMP (Current Ship Maintenance Project) list of items that need
to be addressed on the ship during the off-season. Reply to safety or
office memorandums. Write up various work lists for crewmembers.
Turnaround Day: Assist in the expeditious
preparation of the ship for oncoming guests which includes loading
ship’s stores, taking on potable water, movement of luggage, movement of
laundry, and other duties as assigned by the Captain.
Small boat (Zodiac, DIB, etc.) operations: At
times, may be responsible for the safe operation of small boats, with or
without guests, on short excursions.
Minimum education of a specialized or technical
knowledge requiring formal training beyond high school is required.
Minimum of either a Master’s license for a 100-ton inland vessel or
Mates license for 100-ton inland vessel required. Some positions
require a Near Coastal endorsement or a higher tonnage (such as 500 GRT
or 1600 GRT). "STCW 95" compliance required.
License endorsement required for “Unlimited Radar
Observer”. Preferred endorsement with STCW-95 Basic Safety Training,
Bridge Resource Management, Advanced Fire Fighting, Medical Care
Provider, and in some positions ARPA and GMDSS.
Minimum of 3-5 years in the maritime industry with
progressively responsible experience is required.
Communication skills require the ability to
provide explanation of very complex or technical matters to people with
little or no background in the area under discussion.
Writing skills require the ability to write text
designed to communicate technical information.
Quantitative skills require the ability to perform
algebraic, trigonometric or geometric operations.
Interpersonal skills require the ability to deal
with discontented, argumentative, and emotional crewmembers in
irrational or illogical personal situations.
Duties and responsibilities are generally performed
in a Marine Operations setting, primarily onboard a vessel. Must be
physically able to work a typical 12- hour workday, seven days a week, for
multiple weeks at a time. Work periods on board the vessel vary from 1 to
12 weeks with a 6-week or 12-week period being the norm, followed by a 2-4
week period off the vessel. Environmental conditions generally include
ambient inside temperature, ambient inside lighting, ambient to loud noise
levels, all weather conditions, occasional use of required protective
clothing and an irregular work schedule. Mobility demands generally
include occasional sitting and occasional standing. Combination
activities generally include handling of chemicals/chemical compounds such
as cleaning agents. Sensory demands generally involve a computer terminal;
telephone operation, microphone and PA systems. Physical demands
generally include frequent bending, reaching, twisting, kneeling, pulling/pushing,
grasping, and the ability to climb a 7-foot vertical ladder and fit
through a 28-inch wide hatch. Physical demands also include individual
handling of one to several different sized objects totaling up to 50
pounds in weight. Handling includes: the dynamic and momentary strenuous
lifting and lowering of objects between the ground/deck level and a height
of about 4 to 6 feet; continuously repeating these movements about once
per minute continuously for up to 20 minutes; repetitive turning and
twisting of the body while holding these objects, and passing or receiving
them between people as frequently as every 10 seconds; and repeatedly
carrying objects of similar weight a distance of up to 100 feet every one
to two minutes for as long as 20 minutes without stopping. Each of the
above evolutions may be repeated several times in the course of handling
On Board A Ship, WA, US.