Chief Officer


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We are an indigenous company, positioned as a preferred Marine Logistics/ Maritime Security Service Provider, recognized for safe, reliable, prompt, efficient and quality service delivery for the market and communities we serve in.



As a Chief Officer you will be responsible for the loading and unloading of the vessel and for the work on deck. In addition to the necessary administrative jobs, you will be responsible for safety equipment on board. As the Chief Officer, you will replace the Ship Master in his absence, you are capable of navigating the vessel and take decisions and manage the crew independently so they know their responsibilities and are able to perform them to the best of their abilities. As a Watch Officer or Deputy Watch Officer you have the competency, among other things, of performing guard duty on your own and act as the safety officer.


Duties and responsibilities

  • Ensuring International/National Rules & Regulations, relevant Shipping Industry Standards and Guidelines and Company Policies and Procedures are followed throughout his areas of responsibility.
  • Keeping Bridge Watch at sea 
  • Relieving the Master on the Bridge when required by prevailing circumstances (i.e long periods of fog, bad weather etc.)
  • Supervising all cargo/ballast operations and ensuring associated documentation is completed and retained correctly.
  • Ensuring the vessel is ready in all respects to receive and discharge cargoes 
  • Supervising loading, discharging and ballast operations, correct maintenance of cargo during the voyage and ensuring adequate stability and minimum stress at all times.
  • Continually monitoring the condition and correct use of Cargo Equipment
  • Training Deck Officers and crew on all cargo/ballast operation matters and the use of all related machinery/equipment
  • Ensuring safe and correct mooring and anchorage of the vessel
  • Assisting the Master with Scheduled Inspection/Maintenance of Deck Department areas, machinery equipment 
  • Co-operating with the Chief Engineer with regard to the maintenance of all Deck machinery and equipment. 
  • Checking levels of deck stores, tools and spares in a timely manner and requisitioning same as and when required.
  • Supervising the 2nd Officer (Safety Officer) in the execution of his duties and ensuring all Lifesaving, Firefighting, Anti-Pollution, Navigation and Radio equipment is in good condition and properly maintained at all times 
  • Reporting Accidents, Near Misses and Non-Conformances to the Master, assisting with investigations into cause and suggesting Corrective and Preventive Action
  • Maintaining the Hospital (if applicable), Medical Locker and First Aid Boxes in accordance with requirements of Flag State and WHO Scales
  • Following Medical Notes to be sure Medical Lockers are up to date at all times
  • Administering first aid treatment and issuing medicine in accordance with Master’s instructions
  • Reporting Accidents, Near Misses and Non-Conformances to the Master/Chief Officer, assisting with investigations into the cause and suggesting Corrective and Preventive Action
  • Suggesting changes to improve the Safety Management System 
  • Ensuring Corrective & Preventive Actions are implemented in his areas of responsibility 
  • Ensuring documentation associated with his areas of responsibility are maintained in accordance with Company procedures
  • Suggesting changes to improve the Safety Management System
  • Ensuring Corrective & Preventive Actions are implemented in his areas of responsibility.
  • Maintaining vessel documentation and SMS Records in accordance with Company procedures 
  • Attending Safety Committee Meetings  
  • Chief Officers are responsible for performing the duties of 2nd Officers when rules, regulations and the Company do not require them to be aboard a vessel.



  • Must have a proven driving and manoeuvring mate skills and automatic DP controls 
  • Ability to undertake bridge watches
  • Strong leadership skills are necessary because of increased responsibility
  • An interest and understanding of the latest vessel technology



  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience
  • Minimum of Secondary School Certificate Examination (S.S.C.E)
  • Basic Mandatories, Advance Mandatories, Certificate of Competency (C.O.C), Radar Simulator Training, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Cert., Bridge Resources
  • Must have a recognized Seaman’s discharge book and a valid offshore medical certificate
  • Fully conversant with Flag State Maritime Law / Legislation and ship’s Safety Management System (Ref: ISM Code)
  • Completed Security Awareness training relevant for the position (Ref: ISPS Code)


Physical requirements

All vessel positions can be physically demanding. Bending, climbing, repetitive motion, and heavy lifting are requirements of most vessel positions. Every crew member works varied shifts, which average 12 hours a day, every day.


Supervisory responsibility

Ratings on deck


Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.




Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)




Logistics / Transportation

Job Type


Minimum Qualification

High School (S.S.C.E)

Preferred Years of Experience

5 - 7 years