Monday, 02 October 2017 10:41

Chief Officer

Chief Officer

Marine Atlantic is a federal Crown corporation that provides a vital ferry service link between Newfoundland and Labrador and mainland Canada.

We are dedicated to creating an environment which promotes employee growth, career development, and job satisfaction.  Some benefits of working with Marine Atlantic include competitive salaries, defined benefit pension plan, comprehensive health benefit packages, and professional development opportunities.  Come experience the pride of working with an organization with newly constructed and revitalized infrastructure that has positioned itself for the future.

Marine Atlantic is currently accepting applications for a Chief Officer to work onboard our vessels that operate from the ports of Port aux Basques NL and North Sydney NS year round and Argentia NL during the summer season. These are full-time positions that are scheduled across our fleet and each tour. 

Reporting directly to the Master, the Chief Officer is the head of Deck Department and must ensure that all functions are performed efficiently by the Deck Department’s employees, making this a critical role in leading, managing, and developing their team, ensuring quality results and the safety of all vessel staff and passengers.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Plan, direct and monitor the loading and unloading of the vessel as well as the stowage, segregation and securing of dangerous goods.
  • Perform routine and preventative deck maintenance inspections; maintain life-saving and fire-fighting equipment; ensure an adequate supply of fresh water is maintained; arrange deck watches and notify the Purser of crew changes.
  • Maintain up-to-date Deck Department files and records and attend and actively participate in Ship Safety Meetings as the Ship Safety Officer.
  • Incident control and emergency response.
  • Application of hazard assessment and job safety analysis.
  • Conduct risk assessment, incident investigation, and root cause determination.
  • Promote a positive customer experience.
  • Have full knowledge of the Solas Training Manual under the SMS
  • Understand the Safety Management System (SMS) under ISM
  • Be aware of all aspects of the ship’s operation, so that he/she is able, if required, to assume command immediately
  • Ensure workers under his/her supervision have proper training and understand their responsibilities under the CLC Part II
  • Supervise cargo operations and have full understanding of Dangerous Goods and associated hazards
  • Have full familiarity with the International Collision Regulations
  • Have full familiarity of the fire control panel, hull opening & water tight door panel and other indicator panels
  • Understand and maintain ship security plan, perform drills, and maintain all ship security equipment



  • Valid Master, Near Coastal STCW 2010 Certificate of Competency
  • Minimum 5 years of experience as a Deck Officer, 2 of which need to be as a Chief Officer of a large vessel
  • Radio Operator Certificate (GMDSS)
  • Knowledge and experience working with vessels certified under the International Safety Management Code
  • Valid Transport Canada Marine Medical
  • Demonstrated Leadership Abilities


  • Graduate from a recognized marine school program
  • MED Refresher
  • Previous experience working on large passenger ferries
  • Passenger Safety Management or Specialized Passenger Safety Management
  • Knowledge of the Canadian Regulations including the Canada Labour Code Part II and MOHS Regulations

This position is designated as a safety sensitive position and is subject to the provisions of Marine Atlantic’s Drug and Alcohol Policy which includes testing.

How to apply:

If you have the ambition to make a difference and you meet the above requirements, please apply on line before 4 pm (Atlantic Time) on 16 October 2017.

All applicants must apply online:

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