Description Bowhead Transportation provides marine cargo transportation; barge and lightering services; logistics and oilfield services support; and vessel leasing, maintenance and operations services. We have a diverse fleet of vessels which provides our customers with comprehensive marine options.
The Chief Engineer is responsible for supervision of all Engineering, deck, fire-fighting and emergency equipment, conducting all predictive, preventive, and corrective maintenance and repairs onboard Vessel.
Knowledge and Critical Skills/Expertise:
• Communication skills require the ability to provide explanation of very complex or technical matters to people with little or no background in the area under discussion.
• Writing skills require the ability to write text designed to communicate technical information.
• Strong interpersonal/team skills and the proven ability to often deal with situations where immediate low-level satisfactory resolution of issues must be.
• He/she may be required to supervise employees.
• Perform maintenance of the ship.
• Assists the Project Manager with collection and compilation of vessel maintenance statistics, training of staff, and ensuring the safety of the workplace.
• Physically qualified. Able to complete an annual Merchant Mariners physical exam and perform physically demanding shipboard duties.
• Employee must be able to write in English, read in English, calculate, have estimation skills, possess good verbal presentation and be able to communicate using the radio, speaker, or electronic communication by using the English language.
• Repetitive and prolonged postures involving standing, sitting, twisting, squatting, kneeling, stooping and reaching to full range from above the head to the deck.
• Employee must have the ability to move extremities and spine through full physiological range of motion that will permit the employee to work in a variety of postures involving postures allowing reaching with hands from deck level to overhead level.
• Flexing and twisting of the trunk and other awkward postures are required occasionally when assisting crew while tying up vessels, moving rope or cable and repairing equipment.
• Employee must have good dexterity and frequently use one and two hands throughout the work period for grasping and fingering while using controls of the vessel, hand tools and performing other activities requiring good dexterity.
• Employee must always have good balance and coordination in order to safely walk over catwalks, enter/ exit hatches, and over uneven and/or slippery surfaces.
• Must be able to climb ladders, stairwells, and pushknees.
• Employee must be able to step with a step length of 2-ft. in the horizontal direction and 2-ft. in the vertical direction.
• Different docks have various combinations of barge drafts and river stages which make it necessary to step across, up, down, or over an obstacle in order to gain access to the dock from the barge or from the barge to the boat or from the boat to the dock.
• Must also be able to safely walk and carry tools and line while crossing pipes, ledges, sills, catwalks and/or climbing ladders and pushknees.
• Employee must have sufficient cardiorespiratory fitness to occasionally perform medium-heavy physical labor involving the ability to sit and/or stand for 6 hour shifts, walk for prolonged periods, handle (lift, carry, push and pull) various materials and tools, climb ladders, stairwells, and pushknees while working in inclimate weather with temperatures that may vary from extreme cold to extreme heat.
• Must be able to work in cold/hot weather while wearing required PPE (e.g., life
• preserver, respirators, goggles, etc).
• Must be able to lift at least 65 lbs. from floor to knuckles level on a daily basis.
• Must be able to lift at least 65 lbs. from floor to waist level on a daily basis.
• Must be able to lift at least 30 lbs. from floor to shoulder level on a daily basis.
• Must be able to lift at least 10 lbs. from floor to crown level on a daily basis.
• Must be able to lift and carry at least 30 lbs. with two hands at waist level for a minimum distance of 30 feet on a level surface.
• Cramped, confined spaces
• May work in fog, dark, and other visibility limiting conditions
• May be exposed to fuels, solvents, cleaners, dust, fumes, smoke, and gases.
• Will work on vessels in adverse weather conditions.
• Constant and loud engine, blowers, and exhaust noise.
• Irregular working hours.
• Vibrations from vessel engines
• Arctic marine environment including low temperatures, high wind, icing, plenty of moisture and wave action.
• Frequent hazards include hypothermia, pinch points, sprains, strains, slips, falls, concussive impacts, and lifting injuries.
• Hazard awareness and corrective action is a constant function of the job due to the extreme work environment.
Requirements Required Experience:
• USCG Rated as Designated duty Engineer, 4000 HP with STCW-95
• Minimum of 5 years experience as an engineer aboard vessels conducting routine operation, predictive, preventive and corrective maintenance and repairs of outboard and inboard propulsion and auxiliary engine maintenance, vessel electrical, electronic, and pneumatic systems maintenance, motor vehicle and support equipment maintenance, fire suppression systems, and implementation of Quality Management Programs.
• U.S. Citizenship and must hold a current U.S. Passport.
• Valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC -- minimum six (6) months prior to renewal).
• Valid Drivers’ License (minimum 6 months prior to renewal).