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Employer Details
Employer Name Human Resources Company Name Cruise West
Telephone 206-441-8687 Address 2301 5TH AVE STE 401
Main Category Vessel Ownership / Operations / Management


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.

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 level.
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 ships stores.
Job Type Contract or Temp
Starting Salary $0.00
Commitment Full time
Travel Any travel amount
Job Location United States, other,
Experiance required Any Years
Experiance Level Middle level
Education Any degree