The Chief Engineer is responsible to the Master for the management of the Engineering
Department and for the safe, efficient and economical operation, maintenance and repairs onboard the vessel.
In carrying out the duties the Chief Engineer may delegate responsibilities to other officers whilst retaining overall responsibility.
The Chief Engineer is responsible for:
· Familiarity and compliance with the Company’s MS requirements related to the position;
· Implementation of the Company’s environmental programs that relate to engineering practices (e.g. Envirotags, etc.);
· Assurance of a personal interest in the working practices of the engineering staff to ensure that they fulfill their duties safely and efficiently;
· The cleanliness and maintenance of the ship’s Engine Room, emphasizing minimization of all leakages in hotel, machinery spaces, engine room double?bottoms, tunnels and all compartments throughout the ship;
· Assurance of proper storage of spare gear, engine stores, boiler feed
water, fuel and lube oil required for the operation of the machinery;
· Assurance of guidance and assistance with vessel’s structural maintenance and repair;
· Process of submitting lube oils and bunkers for quality analysis;
· Assurance that the Main Engine must be maintained at normal service power unless otherwise directed by the Company, Master, or under emergency conditions;
· Assurance that, potable water storage and supply onboard properly managed and quality is monitored;
· Assurance that the vessel’s engineering records are properly and accurately maintained, and for reporting to the office;
· Discipline of engineering staff and all those delegated to carry out duties in areas under the Chief Engineer’s responsibility. This includes the charge to investigate any breach of discipline or complaint whether resulting from personal conduct, technical negligence or breach of professional standards and for reporting them to the Master;
· Allocation of watch-keeping duties, and assurance that a licensed Engineer is always in charge of the machinery space;
· Assurance that all crew members in the engine department receive adequate rest periods in accordance with STCW and OPA90 guidelines;
· Assurance that, when the vessel is berthing and un-berthing and at other times that are prudent, the Chief Engineer must be stationed in the Engine control rooms;
· Assurance that the Engineer Officers keep adequate and accurate logs and quality records;
· The safe?keeping of all instruction books, ship's drawings and records and to ensure that they are available for examination and study by all engineering staff
and/or visiting technicians/superintendents.
· Assurance that sufficient fuel oil of a suitable quality and water for the boilers is readily available for the intended passage. All bunkering operations are the responsibility of the Chief Engineer who also shall ensure that full supervision is provided;
· Fuel oil rotation of tanks in liaison with the Chief Officer;
· The setting and maintenance of the Planned Maintenance system in accordance with classification requirements, manufacturer’s recommendations and Company-specific instructions;
· Authorization of all spares/stores requisitions according to the set Planned Maintenance System. Inventories must be maintained at reasonable levels.
An Inventory stock check of ROB's must be carried out and reconciled with the
NS5 system periodically to confirm the PMS Stock is correct.
· The conducting of daily rounds of all machinery and machinery spaces.
· Assurance that proper instructions are issued to personnel for the operation and maintenance of all deck and pump-room machinery;
· The conducting of machinery surveys if authorized by the relevant Classification
· The procedural protocol to measure, monitor and manage shipboard machinery space generated wastes and the conditions of any equipment having oil-to-sea
interfaces on a daily basis;
· Assurance to timely resolve engine room, machinery space, or pump
room related environmental concerns, such as inoperative or ineffective
pollution prevention equipment, waste handling or monitoring equipment, leakages
(except those necessary for packing cooling) stemming from pump seals, packing
glands or line breaks, or due to any other causes contributing to the
accumulations of bilge fluids, oily mixtures and sludge type wastes;
· Assurance that all Engine Room wastes that are subject to special handling requirements are properly managed;
· Reporting of all instances where inadequate response caused
conditions leading to excessive waste stream development;
· Following of responsibility for the management of waste oil and
supervision of OWS, and Incinerator;
· Maintenance of the Engine Room ORB and accountability for the timely
and accurately recording of all operations;
· Assurance that all Engine Room records, soundings and tank measurements are accurate and recorded.