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JOB TITLE:  Chief Officer x 2



CONTRACT:  Permanent

LOCATION:  Major Vessels

SHIFT PATTERN: 2 weeks on / 2 weeks off

DATE ADVERTISED: 27 November 2019 

CLOSING DATE:  11 December 2019

The recruitment Information pack is designed to provide you with as much information as possible, relevant to the role and the recruitment process.
CalMac Ferries Limited is an equal opportunities employer; as such our selection processes are designed to promote equality of opportunity for all.
If you have any further queries, please contact HR Services by email or by telephone on 01475 650144.

Caledonian MacBrayne Crewing (Guernsey) Limited employs and supplies all sea going staff to CalMac Ferries Limited. There are currently 33 ferries serving 52 ports on 29 routes providing 145,000 sailings per year. 
CalMac Ferries Limited is the UK's largest ferry operator in terms of ships and destinations served and one of the largest transport operators in Scotland. It is a multi-award winning ferry and port operation and ship management specialist providing essential lifeline services and logistical support to island and remote communities. 

For more information please visit our website at

Applications are invited for the permanent position of Chief Officer to sail within the Western Isles Fleet.
The Chief Officer reports to the Master and will be responsible for the safe and efficient running of the Deck Department of the vessel. 
As Chief Officer, you should able to demonstrate exceptional professional mariner and technical skills and be able to demonstrate sound leadership and communication skills as well as the ability to think in a creative and innovative manner. Additionally, you should be able to demonstrate an awareness of the business environment, and have a clear understanding of budget control, the importance of the customer interface and have a proactive approach to customer care. Capable, efficient, well organised and demonstrating good time and personal management.



Principle Accountabilities
•    The safe and efficient running of the Deck Department. 
•    Officer of the Watch 
•    The Master's substitute in the event of incapacity or when covering hours of rest, including Shiphandling Mate when required)
•    Weekly / Monthly Planned Maintenance Routines for the vessel. 
•    Start-up / shut-down checks on the bridge. 
•    Ship's Safety Officer including the training of crew with regard to all safety related issues onboard and the briefing of Safety Alerts and company safety policies. 
•    Ship's Security Officer, including the daily completion of the vessel's Security Log
•    Book and all security related training on-board. 
•    Act as the vessel's Medical Officer. 
•    To act as the Officer in Charge of the vessel's work party during emergency situations. 
•    Senior Navigating Officer. 
•    Maintaining the Chart Outfit onboard, including chart and publication updates and corrections and ECDIS / ECS system updates (including E-publications if held onboard). 

•    Duty Officer in Port (On a rota basis). 
•    Loading and discharging of passengers, vehicles, cargo (including livestock) and • Dangerous goods. 
•    Vessels stability, including ballast operations and the monthly manual stability calculations and verifications. 
•    Cargo / vehicle deck securing operations and maintenance of securing gear and securing points. 
•    Crew hours of rest, schedules, and variations plus associated administration. 
•    Outfit and maintenance of all fire fighting equipment onboard. 
•    Outfit and maintenance of life saving equipment onboard. 
•    Maintenance of all Deck Department equipment. 
•    Completion of vehicle damage / passenger & crew accident / vessel casualty reports. 
•    Preparing of annual overhaul works specification for Deck Department 
Secondary Accountabilities 
•    Budget control for ordering of stores for the Deck Department. 
•    Organising work routines for Deck Crew in conjunction with the Bosun. 
•    Annual staff appraisals for members of the Deck Department 
•    The supervision and training of all Junior Officer and Cadets onboard. 
•    Maintaining vessel and crew accommodation cleanliness. 
•    Organising emergency drills and completing associated reports. 
•    Cadet Training Officer (vessel specific)
•    Accurate counting of passengers for each departure / arrival. 
•    Liaise with Technical Managers during annual overhaul periods. 
•    Ensure that the requirements of the company's Safety Management System are adhered to in the operation of the Deck Department. 
•    Deck Officers & Deck Crew wages and overtime records. 
•    Monthly Safety Inspection and Report. 
•    Compile Safety Meeting minutes. 
•    Liaise weekly with Crew Resources re-staffing levels, certification and qualifications for the Deck Department. 
•    Portable Electrical Register Log. 
•    Door Inspection Log. Bridge Log Book. GMDSS Log Book. 
•    Livestock returns
•     Lifting Register - maintained and location of all loose gear accounted for on-board. 
•    Crew Induction Records. 
•    Rope Register - conduct regular inspections, and manage rope stock on-board. 
•    CPS weekly / monthly entries. 
•    Issue Permits to Work and ensure associated Risk Assessments are reviewed accordingly. 
•    Mooring and Anchoring officer. 
•    Loading of fresh water in accordance with Fresh Water Safety Management Plan. 
•    Any other relevant duties as required by the Master. 


•    STCW II/2 Master COC (Unlimited)
•    ENG 1 (No restrictions)
•    Shipboard Safety Officer Certificate
•    Shipboard Security Officer Certificate
•    HELM (M)
•    In-date Medical Care Aboard Ship Certificate
•    Recent Management Level Experience on Ro/Pax (12 months within last 5 years)

•    FRB Certificate


To ensure that we will lead and motivate others to enable them to contribute to the best of their ability. 

To ensure that we weigh the pros and cons of each decision point and take the decision which best meets the objective in hand.  

To ensure that we work together to deliver the best we can achieve and our business goals. 

 To enable everyone to do their job and ensure that our staff are ready for the next step if the opportunity arises. 

 To ensure that we work in an effective and efficient manner.  To ensure that we have the ability to adapt and change plans as the requirements of the situation change. 

To ensure that we have the energy into achieving results and to take action to exceed goals and expectations. 

To ensure the safety of ourselves, our teams, our customers and our visitors. 

To ensure that we anticipate, meet and exceed the needs and expectations of our customers; both internal and external. 

To encourage all staff to think of new or innovative ways of working to help the organisation continually improve.


Please ensure that you complete the on-line applications fully as you can as well as submitting an up-to-date CV.  It is important that you demonstrate how you meet the essential and desirable criteria outlined within the Job Description.

We will evaluate your suitability for the role by assessing your qualifications, skills and experience.

To ensure you are in the best position to perform to your highest standards during our selection process, make sure you review the competencies outlined in the Job Description and have prepared examples of times you have successfully demonstrated these behaviours in the past.

Should you be successful, your offer will be subject to the successful completion of a 6-month probationary period and the provision of two satisfactory references.

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