Ship-Based Positions

Ship-based jobsCSL's modern and diverse fleet offers a wide range of challenging opportunities for seafarers to apply their manual and technical skills in a safe and stimulating working environment.

Because CSL operates in a number of jurisdictions with different laws and regulations, the certifications and qualifications needed to work on board our vessels vary from country to country.

For more information about CSL's ship-based career opportunities and our scholarship and cadet programs throughout the world, as well as respective employment requirements, please consult the following links:
Canada Asia / Americas / Europe / Australia.


Crew positions on board CSL Vessels

The safe and effective operation of a vessel depends on the close collaboration of a diverse team of crew members, each with his or her specialised role and tasks. Click on the positions below for a brief overview of the responsibilities of each.

Master (Captain)

The Master is the official representative of the company and acts as the manager of the vessel. The Master must also comply with all the pertinent regulations regarding the operation of the ship. In addition to these duties, the Master must ensure the safety of the ship, crew, cargo and the environment.

 


 

Deck Department

Officers of the Watch

The Officers of the Watch are the highest ranking crew within the Deck Department. They all possess the certifications needed to occupy these positions and are also known as ‘licensed crew’.

Chief Mate (First Officer/Chief Officer/First Mate)

The Chief Mate is the second in command. As such, the Chief Mate is responsible for all deck operations and for applying the company’s procedures and regulations to both the equipment and the crew. The Chief Mate is also responsible for a Watch.

Second Mate (Second Officer)

The Second Mate is the ship’s navigator and is responsible for maintaining efficient navigation equipment. The Second Mate needs to update all the charts and publications and prepare the ship’s passage plans. The Second Mate is also responsible for a Watch.

Third Mate (Third Officer)

The Third Mate is the most junior officer in the Deck Department and accomplishes tasks as instructed by the Master and the Chief Mate. The Third Mate is also responsible for a Watch.


Ratings

Ratings, otherwise known as ‘unlicensed crew’, are not necessarily unlicensed. Though some positions require a specialized certificate, these crew members have not gone through officer training.

Able-Bodied Seaman / Certified Rating

The Able-Bodied Seaman takes on this position after having passed the Bridge Watch Rating (BWR) certificate. The Able-Bodied Seaman acts as the Helmsman or the Lookout and, during the unloading of the vessels, performs deck duties under the orders of the Officer of the Watch. The Able-Bodied Seaman also serves as a Watchkeeper.

Ordinary Seaman (O/S) / Uncertified Rating

The Ordinary Seaman (O/S) occupies the most junior position on the ship. The O/S works under the supervision of the Officer of the Watch and acts according to the Officer’s instructions.


Engineering Department

Officers

The Officers of the Engineering Department are the highest ranking crew within the Department. They all possess the certifications needed to occupy these positions and are also known as ‘licensed crew’.

Chief Engineer

The Chief Engineer is the official representative of the Engineering Department and acts as its manager. The Chief Engineer is responsible for all the equipment on board, as well as the safety of the crew and environment within the department’s purview.

Second Engineer

The Second Engineer reports to the Chief Engineer and is responsible for the everyday operation of the engine room. The Second Engineer acts as instructed by the Chief Engineer.

Third Engineer

The Third Engineer is an Officer of the Watch and is responsible for the maintenance of the engine room equipment as instructed by the Second Engineer.

Fourth Engineer

The Fourth Engineer is the most junior officer in the Engineering Department. The Fourth Engineer has similar duties to the Third Engineer, particularly as they are both responsible for the engine room Watches.


Ratings

Ratings, otherwise known as ‘unlicensed crew’, are not necessarily unlicensed. Though some positions require a specialized certificate, these crew members have not gone through officer training.

Engine Room Rating

The Engine Room Rating is responsible for assisting the Officer of the Watch and is under that Officer’s supervision. An Engine Room Rating is the bearer of the Engine Room Certificate.

Electrician

The Electrician is under the supervision of the Chief Engineer and is responsible for monitoring the equipment inventory. The Electrician is also responsible for the maintenance of all electrical equipment on board the ship.

Head Tunnelman

The Head Tunnelman is responsible for supervising the other Tunnelmen as well as the crew assisting in the operation and maintenance of the self-unloading machinery. The Head Tunnelman reports to the Chief Engineer and is responsible for the performance of the vessel during the unloading process.

Tunnelman

The Tunnelman reports to and acts as instructed by the Head Tunnelman. The Tunnelman also assists with the preparation and testing of all gates prior to cargo loading and ensures that the environmental management procedures are followed.

Mobile Utility Employee (MUC)

The Mobile Utility Employee is a floater within the fleet. With specialized skills (ex. electrical work, spray painting), the MUC can accomplish various tasks on the vessel. As a floater, the MUC will move from ship to ship to assist in any way possible.


Steward’s Department

Unlicensed crew

Chief Cook (Chief Steward)

The Chief Cook reports to the Master and is responsible for all aspects of the catering department, including the catering staff. Other duties include ordering and inventory control.

Second Cook

The Second Cook reports to the Chief Cook and is mainly responsible for the pastry in the kitchen, as well as any other function assigned by the Chief Cook.