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V.Ships Canada is actively recruiting for the following positions. Please apply if you meet all of the Prerequisites. The following positions are available: 

  1. Master
  2. Chief Officer / 1st Officer
  3. 2nd Officer
  4. 3rd Officer
  5. Chief Engineer
  6. Second Engineer / First Assistant Engineer Officer
  7. Third Engineer / Second Assistant Engineer
  8. Fourth Engineer / Third Assistant Engineer
  9. Electrical Engineer / Electrical Officer
  10. Mechanical Assistant
  11. Bosun / Leading Seaman
  12. Able Seaman / Ordinary Seaman
  13. Chief Steward
  14. Chief Cook
  15. Second Cook
  16. Pumpman

 


MASTER

Responsible to the fleet superintendent

The master has overall responsibility for the safe operation of his/her vessel in accordance with flag state laws and international regulations. He has overall command of the ship her safety, security, her crew, cargo and the environment. The master is to execute his/her duties in compliance with relevant national and international regulations and in compliance with the vessel management system.

Personal Behaviours & Qualities

The job requires:

  • Excellent leadership skills, the ability to gain respect, to motivate and lead by example
  • Excellent managerial skills, the ability to build and maintain an onboard team spirit that promotes respect of others and recognizes dedication
  • A positive and supportive approach to training which encourages all crewmembers to build and maintain their relevant technical knowledge and practical skills
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Very good communication and listening skills
  • Ability to remain calm and focused at all times particularly in emergency situations

Key tasks & responsibilities

  • Overall command of the ship
  • Safeguarding the owner's and company interests at all times
  • Maintenance of the ship's and crew certification required for trading
  • Communication with the owners, the Company, the Charterers and any other party as required
  • Maintenance of the ship and her equipment
  • Ensuring that all crew receive familiarisation training on embarking the vessel
  • Ensuring that Emergency organisation & Emergency parties responsibilities are known by each crewmember including training that maybe required aboard the vessel
  • Safe navigation of the vessel as required by the Company navigation procedures and for ensuring that all navigation watch keepers are fully familiar with these procedures
  • Ensuring that the crew is familiar with MOSH (marine occupational safety and health regulation) as promulgated by Labour Canada
  • Ensuring that the risk assessment procedures are adhered to onboard and, where necessary, office assistance is obtained to mitigate identified risks
  • Ensuring compliance with the hours of work and rest regulations
  • Providing medical care aboard the vessel
  • Enforcing the Company Drug & Alcohol policy
  • Determining the appropriate manning levels for the tasks at hand to ensure safety of operation for crew and ship
  • Respect of all recognized good seafaring practices

And any other duties and responsibilities as enunciated in the Company Vessel Management System (VMS).

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CHIEF OFFICER / 1ST OFFICER

Responsible to the master

In the absence of the master, the C/O of the vessel assumes the Master's responsibilities

Overall purpose of the job

Head of the deck department, responsible for the safe and efficient planning & conduct of cargo and ballast handling operations. Member of the bridge team and officer of the watch. May be utilized on flexible hours as super cargo & pilot.

Personal Behaviours and qualities

The job requires:

  • Excellent leadership skills, the ability to gain respect, to motivate and lead by example
  • Excellent managerial skills, the ability to build and maintain an onboard team spirit that promotes respect of others and recognizes dedication
  • A positive and supportive approach to training which encourages all crewmembers to build and maintain their relevant technical knowledge and practical skills
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Very good communication and listening skills
  • Ability to remain calm and focused at all times particularly in emergency situations and/or difficult situations

Keys Tasks & Responsibilities

The chief officer is responsible to the master for:

  • Acting as the Deck department team leader in an emergency / crisis situation response situation
  • Maintaining the upkeep of the hull, deck fixtures, fittings, crew accommodation areas (including toilets, washrooms, galley/mess), forecastles Bosun's/Leading seaman's storerooms etc…
  • Administering the deck inventories exercising cost control, and ordering of goods as needed
  • Maintaining an up to date record of deck maintenance
  • Monitoring all situations which may result from an environmental pollution incident and conducting appropriate preventative measures
  • Keeping a safe navigational watch as instructed by the Master
  • Ensuring that all safety equipment is maintained in a good operational mode and regularly tested
  • When nominated by the master as the ship safety officer ensure that the crew maintains safe working practices
  • Acting as ship security officer along with the associated duties as per the ship security plan
  • Taking charge of the mooring party
  • Recording incidents and dangerous occurrences
  • Ensuring that the crew wear their PPE and sponsor safe working practices at all times
  • Responsible for the upkeep of the ship safety and training record book
  • Ensuring that the crew is familiar with MOHs (Marine Occupational Health and Safety Regulation) as promulgated by Labour Canada
  • Understudying the master whenever suitable opportunities arise

Cargo operations responsibilities

Under the supervision of the master the chief officer is responsible for:

  • All aspects of cargo operations amongst which but not limited to, preparation of cargo standing orders, cargo planning, ballasting/deballasting, supervision at the start and end of cargo operations, cargo calculations etc...
  • Monitoring toxic gas vapors in the ship's compartments as required
  • Maintaining cargo records

And any other duties and responsibilities as enunciated in the Company Vessel Management System (VMS). 

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2NDOFFICER

Responsible to the master & Chief officer for cargo operations

Main purpose of the job

Designated as the vessel's navigation officer and officer of the watch for navigation and cargo operations. Ensuring that the bridge and navigational equipment is in good working order. Maintaining all navigation records in good order as required by the best practices guide and recognized navigation procedures.

Personal behaviours and qualities

The job requires:

  • Good leadership skills, the ability to gain respect, to motivate and to set a positive example
  • Good managerial skills, in particular the ability to make a positive contribution to team working
  • Good planning and organizational skills
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Ability to consult when in doubt
  • Ability to remain alert at all times particularly during the night watch at sea
  • Ability to remain calm and focused at all times particularly when confronted to a stressful situation

Key tasks & responsibilities

  • Ensuring that the charts corrections and the library of navigational and regulatory publications are kept up to date
  • As navigation officer he/she is mandated to prepare the passage plans and submit them to the master for approval
  • Keeping a cargo/port watch as instructed by the ships officer
  • Taking charge of a mooring party
  • Understudying the chief officer whenever suitable opportunities arise
  • Any other task and duties as instructed by the master or by the chief officer for cargo operations

And any other duties and responsibilities as enunciated in the Company Vessel Management System (VMS).

Cargo operations responsibilities

  • Assisting in all cargo, ballast and cargo spaces operations
  • Monitoring of cargo and ballast operations as instructed by the chief officer
  • Ensuring that a proper deck and security watch is maintained
  • Ensuring that the vessel remains securely moored at all times
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3RD OFFICER

Responsible to the master-overall & Chief officer for cargo operations & LSA/FFA

Personal behaviours and qualities

The job requires:

  • Good leadership skills, the ability to gain respect, to motivate and lead by example
  • Good managerial skills, in particular the ability to make a positive contribution to team working
  • Good organizational skills
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Ability to consult when in doubt
  • Ability to remain alert at all times particularly during the night watch
  • Ability to remain calm and focused at all times particularly when confronted to a stressful situation

Main purpose of the job

Designated officer for routine checking and maintenance of Lifesaving and Firefighting Appliances. Accurate and timely preparation of specific documentation as required for vessels' port/Arrival- Departure.

Key tasks and responsibilities

  • Maintaining lifesaving equipment, including vessel lifeboats, ensuring that the equipment is kept in a constant state of readiness according to SOLAS requirements
  • Maintaining all firefighting appliances, including hoses, all breathing apparatus and extinguishers ensuring that such equipment is kept in a constant state of readiness according to SOLAS requirements
  • Reporting to the chief officer any deficiencies in the lifesaving and firefighting equipment which may affect the vessel safe operations
  • Maintaining Lights, Shapes, Flags Halyards and Sound signalling apparatus
  • Keeping a safe navigational watch, as instructed by the master
  • Taking charge of a mooring party
  • Keeping a cargo /port watch, as instructed by the chief officer
  • Understudying the second officer whenever suitable opportunities arise

And any other duties and responsibilities as enunciated in the Company Vessel Management System (VMS).

Cargo operations responsibilities

  • Assisting in all cargo, ballast and cargo spaces operations
  • Monitoring of cargo and ballast operations as instructed by the chief officer
  • Ensuring that a proper deck and security watch is maintained
  • Ensuring that the vessel remains securely moored at all times 
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CHIEF ENGINEER

Responsible to Master

Personal behaviours and qualities

The job requires:

  • Very good leadership skills, the ability to gain respect, to motivate and lead by example
  • Very good managerial skills, the ability to build and maintain an onboard team spirit that promotes respect of others and recognizes dedication.
  • A positive and supportive approach to training which encourages all crewmembers to build and maintain their relevant technical knowledge and practical skills.
  • Very good planning, organizational and problem solving skills
  • Very good communication and listening skills
  • Ability to remain calm and focused at all times particularly in emergency and/or stressful situations

Main purpose of the job

Responsible for the safe operation, maintenance and repair of all machinery and electrical equipment onboard. Supervision of all engineering officers and engine room ratings and the monitoring of overtime. He is responsible for setting up and adhere to the operating budget for his department as well to abide by the purchasing procedures of the Company and the safeguarding of the owners and the Company 's interests at all times.

Vessel cargo system specific responsibility

The chief engineer is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the ship's cargo and ballast related equipment. He is to assist to assist the chief officer in the operation of the ship's cargo equipment and he must keep the chief officer informed of any transfer of fuel, lub oil and sludge that could affect the ship's trim, stress and/or stability.

The chief engineer together with the Shipboard management team is also jointly responsible for:

  • Adherence to and continuous improvement of the vessel management system (VMS)
  • Ensuring that Engineers officers and crew are well informed of the VMS requirements generally and specifically where it affects their work. Co-ordinating with the fleet superintendent to improve the overall safety environmental and quality performance through reports and proposals within the engine room and other areas aboard the vessel as applicable
  • Ensuring that all relevant technical manuals are onboard and regulations are made known to the personnel concerned
  • Ensuring that the concept of safety and environmental excellence are understood and implemented by the staff under his responsibility through leadership and sound management practices
  • Ensuring that the Marine Occupational Health and Safety (MOHS) regulation is fully implemented by the ship's crew

Key tasks and responsibilities

Responsible to the master for:

  • The engine-room department and the safety of the crew, machinery and the environment directly within his control
  • Implementation of the Company policies and procedures concerning his department as enunciated in the VMS
  • Ensuring that the Engine Department personnel receive formal familiarisation training on embarking the vessel via the designated officer onboard
  • The onboard discipline, appraisal of all engine department personnel
  • Safe and efficient operation of the vessel's machinery and technical plant
  • Monitoring the performance of the main propulsion plant and auxiliary machinery
  • Accurate entry of all of all machinery parameters by the watch keepers /duty engineers in the engine-room log
  • Accurate monitoring and control of the vessel's fuel and lubricating oil consumption and the status of fuel, bunkers and lubricating oil quantity
  • Resupply of fuel, bunker, lub oil and other fluids as appropriate
  • Compliance with statutory and classification surveys requirements with regards to machinery and relevant spaces
  • Reporting of any accident and/or damage to the vessel's machinery or technical plant
  • Assessment and mitigation of all identified risk onboard in cooperation with other members of the shipboard management team
  • Ensuring that the filing system, records, technical drawings are accurate and well maintained by the designated officers
  • Supporting the Master in all aspects of the operation of the vessel and acting as the Company technical representative when dealing with third parties 
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SECOND ENGINEER / FIRST ASSISTANT ENGINEER OFFICER

Responsible to the Chief Engineer

Personal behaviours and qualities

The job requires:

  • Good leadership skills, the ability to gain respect, to motivate and lead by example
  • Good managerial skills, particularly the ability to contribute to a team spirit that promotes respect of others and recognizes dedication
  • Good planning, organizational and problem solving skills
  • Good communication an listening skill
  • Ability to remain calm and focused at all times particularly in emergency and/or stressful situations

Main purpose of the Job

Member of the Shipboard management team. Ensuring that the engine room operations are conducted as per the requirements of the technical procedures and other applicable procedures as enunciated in the VMS. In charge of the implementation of safe working practices within the engine department.

This engineer deputizes for the Chief Engineer in the event of his absence, accident or illness. In such case an log book entry must be made.

Key tasks & responsibilities

The 2nd engineer is responsible to the chief engineer for:

  • Preparation of the of the engine room plant for sea
  • Effective and efficient operation of the day to day operations of the engine-room plants
  • Organization and supervision of the Engine-Room watch keepers/UMS duty engineers
  • Organization and supervision of the engine room ratings and other engine room staff
  • Efficient operation of all emergency equipment, testing of same including the equipment outside of the machinery spaces such as: Emergency Generator, Emergency fire pump, Lifeboat engine, Fire Flaps, Emergency stops, fuel tanks valves trips
  • Implementation of the MOHS regulation
  • Taking all necessary steps to ensure protection of the environment.
  • General maintenance of the machinery spaces and it's equipment
  • Understudying the chief engineer whenever suitable opportunities arises

And any other duties and responsibilities as enunciated in the Company Vessel Management System (VMS) or requested by the chief engineer.

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THIRD ENGINEER / SECOND ASSISTANT ENGINEER

Responsible to the Chief Engineer and the 2nd engineer for operational duties 

Personal behaviours and qualities

The job requires:

  • Good team working skills
  • Ability to perform tasks in a safe, orderly well planned way
  • Ability to communicate clearly and understand instructions
  • When in doubt, ability to consult before taking any action

Main purpose of the Job

Engineer officer in charge of a watch. Ensuring safe and efficient operation of machinery during watch keeping. Carrying out duties of an engineer as contained within the company's Technical Procedures. Maintaining machinery as instructed by the second engineer and /or chief engineer.

Key tasks & responsibilities

The third engineer is responsible to the second engineer for:

  • Maintaining an engine room watch / UMS duty engineer as required
  • Maintaining all plant, conduct rounds to monitor equipment in operation (propulsion engines, auxiliary engines, boilers)
  • Conducting regular rounds to monitor the general condition of the engine room space
  • In the absence of an electrical officer onboard undertake electrical maintenance including the completion of all PMS items in ShipSure
  • Adopting safe working practices at all times

And any other duties and responsibilities as enunciated in the Company Vessel Management System (VMS) or requested by the chief engineer 

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FOURTH ENGINEER / THIRD ASSISTANT ENGINEER

Responsible to the Chief Engineer and the 2nd engineer for operational duties 

Personal behaviours and qualities

The job requires:

  • Good team working skills
  • Ability to perform tasks in a safe, orderly well planned way
  • Ability to communicate clearly and understand instructions
  • When in doubt, ability to consult before taking any action

Main purpose of the Job

Engineer officer in charge of a watch. Ensuring safe and efficient operation of machinery during watch keeping. Carrying out duties of an engineer as contained within the company's Technical Procedures. Maintaining machinery as instructed by the second engineer and /or chief engineer.

Key tasks & responsibilities

The third engineer is responsible to the second engineer for:

  • Maintaining an engine room watch / UMS duty engineer as required
  • Maintaining all plant, with particular attention to pumps and compressors
  • Conduct rounds to monitor equipment in operation (propulsion engines, auxiliary engines, boilers)
  • Conducting regular rounds to monitor the general condition of the engine room space
  • Adopting safe working practices at all times

And any other duties and responsibilities as enunciated in the Company Vessel Management System (VMS) or requested by the chief engineer 

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ELECTRICAL ENGINEER / ELECTRICAL OFFICER

Responsible to the Chief Engineer

Personal behaviours and qualities

The job requires:

  • Good team working skills
  • Ability to perform tasks in a safe, orderly well planned way
  • Ability to communicate clearly and understand instructions
  • When in doubt, ability to consult before taking any action

Main purpose of the Job

The maintenance of all electrical and electronic equipment. Providing assistance to the chief officer for specific cargo equipment.

Key tasks & responsibilities

The electrical engineer is responsible to the chief engineer for:

  • Maintaining the vessel's electrical and electronic equipment
  • UMs test schedules, alarm tests etc…
  • Assisting during maintenance as required over and above electrical equipment maintenance
  • Providing support for the safe and efficient running of electrical equipment during cargo operations
  • First level maintenance of communications, radio and navigation equipment
  • Adopting safe working practices at all times

And any other duties and responsibilities as enunciated in the Company Vessel Management System (VMS) or requested by the chief engineer. 

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MECHANICAL ASSISTANT

Responsible to the 2nd Engineer

Personal behaviours and qualities

The job requires:

  • Good team working skills
  • Ability to perform tasks in a safe and efficient way
  • Ability to communicate clearly and understand instructions
  • When in doubt, ability to consult before taking any action

Main purpose of the Job

Assisting the engine room watch keepers/UMS duty engineers as required. More specifically in regards with the operation of the plant

Key tasks & responsibilities

The MA is responsible to the second engineer for:

  • Assisting in the maintenance of all machinery, technical equipment, plant, etc… as instructed by an engineer officer
  • General cleaning and Housekeeping duties
  • Undertaking any other duties as instructed by the chief engineer or the 2nd engineer
  • Adopting safe working practices at all times

And any other duties and responsibilities as enunciated in the Company Vessel Management System (VMS) or requested by the chief engineer.

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BOSUN/LEADING SEAMAN

Responsible to the chief officer

Personal behaviours and qualities

The job requires:

  • Good leadership skills
  • Good team working skills
  • Ability to perform tasks in a safe and planned way
  • Ability to communicate clearly and understand instructions
  • Ability to convey instructions to others in a clear and respectful manner
  • When in doubt, ability to consult before taking any action

Main purpose of the Job

Supervising the deck ratings. Responsible for the planning of the deck maintenance and the preparation of the vessel for sea, confined waters passage, anchoring and docking operations.

Key tasks & responsibilities

The Bosun/Leading seaman is responsible to the chief officer:

  • Assisting in the planning and execution of maintenance and operational work tasks
  • Instructing Able Seamen and Ordinary seamen in accordance with Company safety policy and quality standards
  • Effectively performing assigned tasks in conformance with safe work procedures and in accordance with instructions given by the supervising officer.
  • Ensuring that no work involving entry into confined spaces, hot work, working aloft, is undertaken without the prior approval of the chief officer.
  • Ensuring that, when the work mentioned above is conducted, proper surveillance is in place at all times, risks and hazards have been evaluated and the working environment is secured.
  • During cargo operations, responsible to the officer of the watch for maintaining the vessel securely moored and ensuring that work is conducted safely.
  • Assisting in cargo operations (preparation of the cargo spaces for the next loading etc…)

And any other duties and responsibilities as enunciated in the Company Vessel Management System (VMS) or requested by the Chief Officer.

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ABLE SEAMAN/ORDINARY SEAMAN

Responsible to the Leading Seaman & Officer of the watch

Personal behaviours and qualities

The job requires:

  • Good team working skills
  • Ability to perform tasks in a safe and planned way
  • Ability to communicate clearly and understand instructions
  • When in doubt, ability to consult before taking any action

Main purpose of the Job

Performing sea and port watch duties as instructed

Key tasks & responsibilities

The Able Seaman is responsible to the Bosun/Leading seaman for:

  • Carrying out maintenance work and other operational tasks as required
  • Assisting in mooring operations as required
  • Responsible to the deck officers for maintaining a safe deck watch and ensuring the vessel remains securely moored.
  • Assisting in cargo operations as instructed by the Bosun/Leading Seaman/Deck Officer
  • Adopting safe working practices at all times

And any other duties and responsibilities as enunciated in the Company Vessel Management System (VMS) or requested by the Bosun/Leading Seaman/Chief Officer.

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CHIEF STEWARD

Responsible to the Master

Personal behaviours and qualities

The job requires:

  • Good managerial skills
  • Good leadership skills
  • Good team working skills
  • Ability to perform tasks in a safe and planned way
  • Ability to communicate and convey instructions clearly and with respect.

Main purpose of the Job

Supervising the stewardship department. The chief steward directs, instructs, and assigns personnel performing such functions as preparing and serving meals. The chief steward oversees the cleanliness of the officers' quarters and steward department areas. The Chief Steward may also requisition or purchase stores and equipment

Key tasks & responsibilities

Reports to the master for:

  • In charge of the stewardship department
  • Ensuring that the staff meets the standard of cleanliness and sanitation required of a catering department
  • Inspects work areas such as galley, storerooms, etc…..
  • Ensuring that the stewardship staff has the proper training
  • Ensuring a proper follow up on the appraisals of the employee in his department
  • Ensuring the efficiency of his department and prevent waste
  • Ensuring control of the inventories related to his department
  • Ensuring that proper records are kept
  • Ensuring that the stewardship staff is instructed on and apply the MOHS regulations

And any other duties and responsibilities as enunciated in the Company Vessel Management System (VMS) or instructed by the master.

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CHIEF COOK

Responsible to the Chief Stewart or the Master if the vessel has no chief Steward

Personal behaviours and qualities

The job requires:

  • Good team working skills
  • Good managerial skills
  • Ability to perform tasks in a safe and planned way
  • Ability to communicate clearly and understand instructions

Main purpose of the Job

In charge of the galley. As such the chief cook orders the provisions (if no chief steward) and prepares the food for the crew. The Chief Cook is also responsible for the management of the provisions budget. The chief Cook must ensure that the galley is kept in a constant state of cleanliness and that food hygiene respects the norms set by the industry and the national regulations.

Key tasks & responsibilities

The chief cook is responsible to the chief steward or the master if the vessel has no Chief Steward for:

  • Ensuring that the galley is operated in a safe and efficient manner
  • Ensuring the timing and sequence of operations to serve the meals in a timely manner
  • Ensuring that the galley and galley equipment is kept in a constant state of cleanliness and sanitation.
  • Ensuring that the perishables are stored at the appropriate temperatures and in accordance with industry and regulatory standards
  • Ensuring that the menus are properly varied and meet the recognized standards for well balance meals
  • Ensuring that the principles of <<heart smart>> cooking are respected
  • Ensuring that the food stock is properly rotated when new provisions are ordered

And any other duties and responsibilities as enunciated in the Company Vessel Management System (VMS) or instructed by the chief Steward or the Master.

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SECOND COOK

Responsible to the Chief Cook

Personal behaviours and qualities

The job requires:

  • Good team working skills
  • Ability to perform tasks in a safe and planned way
  • Ability to communicate clearly and understand instructions

Main purpose of the Job

Assist the chief Cook in the galley. The second cook must ensure that the galley is kept in a constant state of cleanliness and that food hygiene respects the norms set in the industry. When the galley does not provide a self -served service the second cook attends to the officers' mess when the food is served.

Key tasks & responsibilities

The second cook is responsible to the chief cook for:

  • Ensuring that the chief cook has the assistance needed
  • Ensuring that the galley and galley equipment is kept in a constant state of cleanliness and sanitation
  • Ensuring that the perishables are stored at the appropriate temperatures and in accordance with industry standards
  • Ensuring that the food stock is properly rotated when new provisions are ordered

And any other duties and responsibilities as enunciated in the Company Vessel Management System (VMS) or instructed by the chief cook.

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PUMPMAN

Responsible to the chief officer while doing cargo work
Responsible to the Chief engineer when conducting maintenance on cargo and deck equipment

Personal behaviours and qualities

The job requires:

  • Good leadership skills
  • Good team working skills
  • Ability to perform tasks in a safe and planned way
  • Ability to communicate clearly and understand instructions
  • When in doubt, ability to consult before taking any action

Main purpose of the Job

Assisting in the planning and execution of all cargo related operations such as loading, discharging, tank cleaning, inerting, gas freeing, performing cargo related duties as required for the vessel type and trade.

Key tasks & responsibilities

The pumpman is responsible to the chief officer for:

  • Assisting the duty officer/surveyor with temperatures/Ullage readings and cargo sampling as ordered by the chief officer
  • Efficient execution of loading / discharging operations in cooperation with the duty officer
  • Inspecting, maintaining, cleaning the pump-room and reporting of deficiencies
  • Ensuring all cargo related equipment (valves, pipes, tanks, hoses, etc…) is properly marked for an easy identification
  • Changing of fittings, packing, flanges, in accordance with instructions
  • Keeping all tools, equipment, spares inventory in sufficient quantity at all times, pumpman store in good order
  • Complying with the lubrication and maintenance schedule of all cargo equipment & deck machinery as applicable

And any other duties and responsibilities as enunciated in the Company Vessel Management System (VMS) or requested by the Chief Officer or chief engineer.

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