REPORTS TO: Captain
SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Supervises deck staff
Shall ensure the safety and comfort of the ship, guests and crew as a Bridge Watch Officer and perform as the vessel’s Security Officer. The Chief Mate is also responsible for managing the deck crew.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES INCLUDE:
- Safety duties: Chief 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 bill. Also responsible for writing all Incident Report Forms as required by company policy and furnish to vessel Captain. Participates in crew safety meetings.
- Navigation/bridge watch: Operate vessel during assigned watches to the highest professional and Alaskan Dream Cruises standards, with the safety of guests, crew and vessel being paramount. Monitor communication equipment and keep logs and records as required by U.S. Coast Guard, FCC, ADEC and Alaskan Dream Cruises. Make use of all bridge tools and personnel, alerting the Captain as needed or as per orders. When in port will assign a gangway security watch amongst other duties as assigned by Captain.
- Medical supplies: The Chief Mate is responsible for the 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.
- 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 deck staff with a minimum of two written evaluations per operating year. Train the new deckhand staff as they come aboard on how the ship operates, how they should handle lines, navigation basics, how to pilot the vessel, and emergency drill training. Shall 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 licensed deckhand staff in proper small boat operations (DIBs).
- Requisition of bridge and deck supplies: Responsible for the oversight of deck supplies inventory and procurement as needed.
- Administration: Oversee and assist 2nd Mate with keeping all chart corrections, light lists, bridge resources and Notice to Mariners publications current. Responsible for replying to safety or office memorandums and writing all Incident report forms as required by company policy. After review by Captain furnish to Operations Manager.
- 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.
- Minimum of 3-5 years in the maritime industry with progressively responsible experience is required.
- Must have excellent communication skills
- Writing skills require the ability to communicate technical information, maintain all ships logs, all vessel forms and documentation of vessel operations.
- Interpersonal skills require the ability to deal with situations where strong opposing views are encountered and satisfactory resolution of issues must be achieved.
- Must pass pre-employment drug screening and comply with company random drug testing program.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES:
- First Aid/CPR
- Minimum of a Master’s license for a 100-ton inland vessel.
- License endorsement required for “Unlimited Radar Observer”.
Duties and responsibilities are generally performed in a Marine Operations setting, primarily onboard a vessel but also pier side on turn-around-days. You may be required to share a cabin with one other shipmate of the same gender, and will be required to be courteous of your movement in and out of the cabin while your shipmate is sleeping.
You must be physically able to work a 12- hour workday. On any given day hours could be more or less. You may be required to wear protective clothing/eyewear for activities including handling of chemicals and cleaning agents. Some of your work will involve engaging guests and may include talking on a PA system. Physical demands include lifting up to 50 pounds repetitively, and passing along to other crew such as in loading ship’s stores, luggage, linen, etc. Also must have the ability to climb a 7-foot vertical ladder and fit through a 28-inch wide hatch.
Working aboard ship can be very demanding but at the same time very rewarding, which is driven by the guest’s appreciation of your efforts to deliver our unsurpassed True Alaskan Hospitality.
This job description is intended only to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills or abilities required of persons so classified or assigned.