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Second Engineer

Job Requisition No.:  17682
Category:  Seagoing

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Job Summary and Purpose

The Second Engineer Officer is the Chief Engineer's deputy. He understudies the Chief Engineer Officer in all aspects of his managerial, professional and commercial duties with a view to qualifying himself for eventual promotion.

He must keep an engine room watch, or, on UMS ships must act as a duty engineer in rotation. However, where a ship carries an extra engineer officer, his watch keeping may be reduced to 4 hours per day, (or to allow a period of day work), at the Chief Engineer Officer's discretion.


  • Engine room safety and safe working practices
  • The safety of all personnel working under his supervision
  • The organisation and execution of all engine room watch keeping and machinery operating routines
  • The maintenance, operation and upkeep of all parts of the engine room and the proper performance of maintenance in accordance with the decisions of the maintenance team and the provisions of the integrated work plan
  • Carrying out routine boiler water, feed water and cooling water chemical tests. Reporting any abnormalities immediately, to the Chief Engineer. Failure to do so, will lead to disciplinary action.
  • Technical supervision of the engine room workforce
  • Supervision, as delegated by the Chief Engineer Officer, of the spare gear/stores Petty Officer (if appointed), engine room Petty Officer and Motorman (if appointed), any ratings assigned to the engine room for specific maintenance or repair tasks, and the duty engine room ratings as applicable in certain ships
  • Supervision, as delegated by the Chief Engineer Officer, of the Pumpman P.O (if appointed) when allocated to pump room and/or engine room maintenance duties Spare gear and its inventory
  • Fire fighting and safety equipment (including fixed fire fighting equipment, e.g. the "CO2" or "Halon" systems on board) and safe practices in the engine room.
  • Carrying out any lawful command and delegated duty as issued by the Chief Engineer. and /or Master

Accountabilities - 2

Accountabilities - 3


Budget Control
Bunkering operations
Charterers instructions, terminal and state requirements, port documentation
Cleaning and inspection of WHU and uptake fires
Communications with other nationalities
Crankshaft deflections, Alternator air gaps
Disciplinary procedures & process
Diversity Awareness
Emergency procedures
Experience with cargo transfer operations (STS, Co-mingling, COW, Inert Gas, LNG discharge, emergency operations)
Experience with multinational crews
Experience with Products Crude and LNG Cargo planning arrangements
Flashing from cold, purge cycles, testing of Boiler water and associated hazards with incorrect impurity levels.
Function of AVR and Brushless excitation
Handling incompetent/difficult staff
Hazards associated with cargoes.
HV experience and safety precautions
IG systems, Deck water seal, Fixed O2 analyzers and calibration
IMO conventions and requirements.
Importance of testing Quick closing valves/ Fire flaps/ Emergency bilge suction / CO2 / FFA equipment.
Intrinsically Safe/Explosion proof fittings
IT experience
LNG pumping systems and HV equipment
Onboard Accounting procedures
Operation of cargo handling equipment and construction of tanks.
Ordering & Purchase of victuals and stores,
Personal safety, Ship safety & protection of the environment.
Preparations for all surveys.
PSC, SIRE, ISM, ISPS and other industry inspections.
PTW systems, ISM requirements, Risk assessment
Refit Experience
Reverse power trips
Reversing, Cylinder lubrication, Performance measuring.
Routine Maintenance
Routine maintenance, Emergency operation. Cylinder Liner oil retention, piston rings and quills.
Safety equipment
Steam driven cargo pumps, Frame systems.
Steering Gear, Evaporators, Air compressors, Hotel Services and Fridge systems. Purifiers and Clarifiers
Team building - How to train and guide subordinates
Testing of boiler trips etc.
Written and spoken English to high standard.


Class 2

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