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Relief Chief Mate
Posted date [2019-Oct-25] (ID: 1679)


Since it's formation in 1982 Norbulk Shipping has continued to expand its ship management operations. Ship owner clients located across the globe now include, public listed companies, private family controlled shipping interests and government shipping enterprises.

We strive not just to manage ships but to excel in the service provided to our clients. For three decades we have served ship owners well in managing safely and economically a variety of ships from second hand tonnage to new buildings. Norbulk is dedicated to the safety and well-being of our seafarers and protection of the environment for future generations.

We are currently recruiting relief Chief Mates at Ocean Services Ltd. to work on our Canadian Flagged Vessel the MT Acadian and/or the MT East Coast interim.
The Chief Officer is responsible to the Master for the supervision and administration of Deck Operations. He is the second in command of the vessel and the Officer in Charge in the absence of the Master.
In addition to his responsibility to the Master for the proper performance of his assigned navigational watch duties, the Chief Officer’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Upon joining the vessel the Chief Officer must report to the Master.
- He must discuss with the Officer being relieved, details of the equipment and material for which he will be responsible, and inspect them promptly, preferably in the company of the Officer being relieved. Anything found to be unsatisfactory must be reported to the Master.
- Complete NS PER 006 (Handover Report) & NS SAF 001 (Shipboard Familiarisation Record).
- Act as an Officer in charge for Cargo Operations and be responsible for cargo planning, including tank preparation, loading, stowage, discharging and sampling.
- Act as Ships Security Officer (ref; NS SSP – Ship Security Plan).
- Act as Ships Safety Officer (ref; NS HSM – Health and Safety Manual).
- Act as an Officer in charge for Ballast Water Management (ref; Ballast Water Management Plan).
- Act as an Officer in charge for implementation of Waste Management Plan
- Preparing accurate reports and records concerning the cargo.
- Compliance with any special regulations and procedures concerning cargo handling in different ports.
-Final cargo plan to include the position and category of any dangerous cargo carried in liaison with the Master.
- Responsible for gas freeing and cleaning of all hold tanks and void spaces including fuel tanks.
- Maintain a Log Book relating to cargo handling, cargo valve settings, ballasting instructions and any other special requirements during the voyage.
- Planning and supervising the maintenance and upkeep of the hull, decks and superstructure.
- Ensure all work is carried out safely and properly with emphasis on the control of fabric deterioration and corrosion.
- Monitor the consumption of deck stores.
-Liaise with the Engineering Department to ensure that tanks, holds, and cargo
handling equipment is maintained in good working order and ensure any work
involving the outward presentation of the ship does not take priority over work which
is essential for the safety and efficiency of the ship.
- Arrange daily soundings of the cargo & ballast tanks, bilges & cofferdams.
Soundings of void spaces are to be taken and logged weekly.
- Ensure safe access to the vessel for authorised personnel by gangway or
accommodation ladder is provided.
- If the Chief Officer is assigned a role of a day worker (Cargo Officer), and is not involved
in navigational watch-keeping on a daily basis, the Chief Officer should participate in
navigational watch keeping process not less than 8 hrs per week in order to keep
qualification as a Navigational Officer valid and be able to replace the Master when
required. The watch-keeping duties must be in compliance with the on board crew
working schedule. The evidence of navigational watch keeping performed by the
Chief Officer should be stated in Deck log book. This is only applicable for Vessels
engaged in sea passages which exceed 24 hours.
Certifications: Certifications: Cert of Comp, MEDs, First Aid (Advanced preferred) or COP in Marine Medical Care, Advanced tanker level 2, Bridge Resource Management, ECDIS generic, SAM ECDIS , Canadian GMDSS, Marine Medical, WHMIS, Confined Space and the ability to work in the US.
We offer a competitive salary, with benefits and encourage continuous learning. If this sounds like you or someone you know if your professional network please contact Krista Creary at krista.creary(at)
Job Title Relief Chief Mate
Job Details
Posted By Ocean Services Ltd.
Start Date immediately
Salary TBD
Location Saint John
Deadline for Application 2020-Feb-29
Contact Phone # 5066510550
Contact Email krista.nesbitt(at)
Categories and Description
Ship's Main Trading Area Ship's Main Trading Area -> East Coast / Gulf
Term Term -> Long-term
Position / Rank Position -> Watchkeeping Mate