Job Title Second Mate
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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, designated Safety Officer, and ships Navigation Officer.


Safety Officer: Inspect, monitor and correct safety deficiencies in the firefighting system (hand held fire extinguishers, firefighting stations, bunker gear and related equipment), rescue equipment (life rafts, life rings, signal flares, trauma kit and First aid supplies, backboards), electronic navigation aids, navigation systems, watertight integrity, and for general safety hazards (i.e. carpet uplifted, etc.) Safety Officer may also be one of the designated Medical Responders (EMT qualified). Holds a position on the ship’s Emergency Station Bill. 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.
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.
Navigation Officer: Ensure that all navigation charts and publications are kept up-to-date. Update according to the latest Notice to Mariners from the Coast Guard, which is published weekly. When notice is received make the updates on the navigation charts. Publications also have descriptions of the waters traveled through which can help update navigation charts as well.
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 1-3 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 often deal with situations where satisfactory resolution of issues must be achieved.


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 Entry level
Education Any degree