2nd Mate / Assistant Engineer- Hawaii
Seamax International Cruise Ship Employment Services
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
36d ago
source : Seamax International Cruise Ship Employment Services

Description :

The Second Mate / Assistant Engineer is responsible for maintaining the bridge navigational and communications equipment as well as assisting with the vessel's piloting, navigation, safety and small boat operations.

Additionally, this position will assist the Chief Engineer in the maintenance, operation, and repair of all vessel electrical and mechanical systems onboard ships.

The 2nd Mate / Assistant Engineer reports to the Captain and will assist the Master in communicating and enforcing all company policies and procedures.


Watch Duty :

Performs bridge navigation and deck watch during specified periods. Determines geographical position of the ship, using all available means such as radar ranges, visual observations, GPS, depth sounders, etc.

Makes necessary entries in navigation and radio logs.

Handles the vessel, as directed by the Captain, in docking, anchoring, piloting, en route, in close quarters and open sea conditions.

Navigates vessel to ensure avoidance of marine hazards such as reefs, outlying shoals, shallow waters, etc. using aids to navigation such as lights, lighthouses, and buoys.

Repair and Maintenance :

Performs routine maintenance checks and keeps records of jobs performed. Keeps the Chief Engineer informed of all maintenance and repairs that have been done.

Helps with engineering, deck, and hotel preventative maintenance programs on daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

Completes maintenance and repair tasks as requested by Chief Engineer or Master.

Performs hotel maintenance tasks as directed by Chief Engineer or Master.

Assists Chief Engineer in all bunkering operations and other duties as assigned by the Chief Engineer.

Safety and Security :

Participates in on board safety training, meetings and drills, as directed by the Captain, including fire, abandon ship, man overboard, flooding and medical emergencies.

Participates in shore side training as required by the company.

Relieves and / or performs gangway watch as directed by the duty schedule.

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

Small Boat Operations :

Drives inflatable boats as necessary.

Assists with loading guests, staff, and crew in and out of inflatable boats.

Administrative :

Maintains navigation bridge supply inventories and requisitions.

Performs chart and publication corrections and maintain vessel's chart inventory.

Calculates and posts daily sunrise / sunset times and tide and current information.

Creates Voyage Plan waypoint spreadsheet for Captain’s review and approval. Enters voyage itinerary waypoints into GPS.

Creates / maintains New Hire Checklist and ensure each Training Officer is aware of needed completion dates for each employee’s training.

Creates Training Completion Certificates for all shipboard training for each employee and sends to the home office.

Maintains hard copies of all external and shipboard training for each employee onboard.

Experience as Mate operating a passenger vessel, including navigation and bridge watch responsibilities, maintaining navigation / communications equipment, and performing chart


Working knowledge of diesel propulsion and electricity generation systems. Knowledge of support systems such as fuel centrifuges, air compressors, pumps, hydraulics, water makers, hotel systems,

plumbing, refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning also preferred.

Excellent crisis management skills; ability to act quickly with confidence while exercising sound judgment.

Customer service experience. Ability to maintain professional demeanor at all time; ability to use appropriate level of tact and courtesy.

Strong time management skills; able to handle multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines.

Communication Skills

Must possess the ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations.

Mathematical Skills

Able to perform voyage planning and navigational calculations.

Licenses, Certificates, Registrations

Minimum U.S. Coast Guard 100 ton Near Coastal Masters License

Radar observer preferred.

Current First Aid / CPR certification required.

Valid TWIC card required.


All vessel positions can be physically demanding. Bending, climbing, repetitive motion, and heavy lifting are requirements of most vessel positions.

Every crew member works varied shifts, which average 12 hours a day, every day while on board.


The 2nd Mate / Assistant Engineer works 12 hours per day of varied hours; two 4-hour watches per day plus 4 hours of administrative or small boat activities, approximately 5 weeks on, 5 weeks off rotational schedule.

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