What are the responsibilities of a chief engineer?

25 Mar '22, 11:22

March 25, 2022, 11:22 a.m.
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Responsibilities of a Chief Engineer include:

  • implementation of safety and environmental protection practices during all operations, including the use of safety equipment, protective clothing and control of safety standards through daily inspections of the engine room. These inspections should identify hazards and other unusual circumstances that may occur in the ER premisses;
  • ensuring safe and efficient operation of all mechanisms with special attention to environmental protection;
  • ensuring of compliance with the regulatory requirements set by international bodies, conventions and shipowner/operator with regards to the operations, occupational safety and environmental protection;
  • observance of crew members and evaluation of their activities:
  • ensuring of proper operation and technical condition of the main engine and auxiliary mechanisms;
  • ensuring of proper technical operation and maintenance of SEU, mechanisms, devices and hull;
  • organization of work of crew members aimed at good technical condition of STZ, devices and hull;
  • keeping track and records on the consumption of the fuel, lubricants, technical supplies and spare parts;
  • ordering the required amount fuels and lubes;
  • safe and efficient preparation and conduct of bunkering operations;
  • reporting to the Captain on all accidents, incidents and near misses within the Engine Room, participation in the investigation;
  • training and education of ER crew in terms of safe working practices and compliance with rules and standards;
  • proper keeping of documents of the classification society, CMS records and equipment certificates;
  • proper recording and reporting of failures and damages;
  • proper keeping of ship's drawings and manuals;
  • preparation and prioritizing of long-term work plans for the mechanical and electrical equipment;
  • proper organization of ER activities and compliance with the requirements of safe working practices;
  • timely presentation of equipment for inspection by the classification society;
  • timely preparation and provision of data to the shipowner for the compilation of repair information;
  • ensuring satisfactory quality of work performed by ship and shore staff;
  • control of proper keeping of logs and reports according to the requirements of the shipowner;
  • preparation of requisitions (usually for the next three months);
  • protection of the shipowner's interests;
  • ensuring compliance with Work and Rest hours requirements for engine room staff;
  • availability to arrive at the Engine Room on call and, if necessary, remain in the engine room for as long as necessary;
  • ensuring safe and efficient watch while at anchor and at berth;
  • instructing and training of the ER staff on preventive maintenance and repair
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25 Mar '22, 17:05

March 25, 2022, 5:05 p.m.
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