Responsibilities
  • navigate the vessel using a range of satellite and radar systems and equipment
  • check weather and navigation reports and take appropriate action
  • coordinate the safe loading, storage and unloading of cargo
  • manage the care and safety of passengers (if you're working on a ferry/cruise ship)
  • supervise the operation and maintenance of deck machinery, e.g. winches and cranes
  • manage ship communication systems
  • monitor and maintain safety, firefighting and life-saving equipment
  • oversee the ship to ensure that the highest levels of health and safety are maintained
  • maintain legal and operational records such as the ship's log
  • keep up to date with developments in maritime legal, commercial and political matters.
Requirements
  • HNC/HND or honours degree 
  • foundation degree
Skills
  • decision-making skills
  • the ability to remain calm in difficult situations
  • teamworking skills and the ability to lead, motivate and inspire confidence in others
  • written and verbal communication skills
  • mathematical ability
  • knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems (for engineer officer roles)
  • an interest in technology