We are currently seeking 1st Officers to join our team. Potential candidates must have 2 – 5 years of experience as a watchkeeping officer in the maritime industry with a cargo/cruise line company. 1st Officer is a Licensed Watch Keeping Officer, and shall stand his/her own watch.
• As a watch keeping officer, he/she shall have an understanding of the Safety and Quality Management program including their responsibilities in the safety organization according to the emergency plan and station bill.
• The watch keeping officer shall ensure that all safety, security, and environmental regulations are obeyed and that the alarm and indicator panels are under observation always. He or she shall ensure that safety rounds are carried out in accordance with the Master’s standing orders.
• The watch keeping officer shall report to the Master and/or Staff Captain any significant events that occurred on his or her watch. Important events shall be reported immediately, but he or she is to act on his initiative if necessary.
• Should the watch keeping officer find it necessary to give an order to the engine room that would likely result in equipment damage as advised by the watch keeping engineer or the Chief Engineer, the responsibility rests with the watch keeping officer. The decision of the Master should be obtained if time permits. The Master is to be informed in any case. The time and details shall be entered into the logbook.
• In port, the watch keeping officer shall keep radio contact with the security guards at the gangways. He or she shall regularly check that the gangway operation is free of problems.
• The watch keeping officer shall, from the bridge, supervise any shifting of moorings and be aware of any important work in progress outside normal working hours and whenever good seamanship dictates. He or she shall be constantly alert for sudden strong winds that might affect the ship’s moorings. He or she shall notify the Master or, if the Master is ashore, the Staff Captain at once and take corrective actions as the need arises.
• The watch keeping officer shall be familiar with and comply with the Navigation Policy and Procedures, Standard Operating Procedures, Master’s Standing Orders, and STCW.
• In carrying out these duties, the 1st Officer Navigation shall be accountable on behalf of the Staff Captain for the care and condition of the materials and spare parts associated with the equipment and systems within this area of responsibility.
• The watch keeping officer shall also be prepared and fully capable to make stability calculations, if so required by the Staff Captain.
• Furthermore, all watch keeping officers shall, in conjunction with the Chief Officer Safety, Security Officer, and other marine officers, train the crew both in regular drills and in smaller groups to ensure that all crew are familiar with their duties in the safety organization. The training shall be organized in a monthly schedule prepared by the Chief Officer Safety and approved by the Master and Staff Captain.
• Attends meetings, training activities, courses and all other work-related activities as required.
• Performs related duties as required. This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the shipboard employee occupying this position. Shipboard employees will be required to perform any other job-related duties assigned by their supervisor or management.
The 1st Officer Navigation is a watch keeping officer. The 1st Officer Navigation qualifications shall conform to all international and national conventions and regulations and he/she shall have a Nav. Watch Officer License (OOW) Without Limitations.
• Training in accordance with STCW.
• 2 – 5 years of experience as a Watch Officer on Company vessels.
• Ability to speak English clearly, distinctly and cordially with guests.
• Ability to read and write English in order to understand and interpret written procedures. This includes the ability to give and receive instructions in written and verbal forms and to effectively present information and respond to questions from guests, supervisors and co-workers.
• Ability to speak additional languages such as Spanish, French or Portuguese preferred.
• Ability to participate in emergency life-saving drills and required training.