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Second Mate

Salary: $48,000


The second mate is responsible for maintaining the bridge navigational and communications equipment as well as assisting with the vessel's piloting, navigation, safety and small boat operations. Performs bridge navigation and deck watch during specified periods. Determines geographical position of the ship, using all available means such as GPS, radar ranges, visual observations, depth sounders, etc. Makes necessary entries in navigation and radio logs. Handles the vessel, as directed by the Captain, in docking, anchoring, piloting, en route, in close quarters and open sea conditions. Navigates vessel to ensure avoidance of marine hazards such as reefs, outlying shoals, shallow waters, etc. using aids to navigation such as lights, lighthouses, and buoys.



Skills Need

Excellent crisis management skills; ability to act quickly with confidence while exercising sound judgement. Ability to maintain professional demeanor at all time; ability to use appropriate levels of tact and courtesy. Strong time management skills; able to handle multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines.


Education Needed

Typically need 3-5 years experience as Mate operating a passenger vessel, including navigation and bridge watch responsibilities, maintaining navigation/communications equipment, and performing chart corrections.

Relevant U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Masters License
Current First Aid/CPR certification required
Valid TWIC card required