Senior Port Engineer

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Published Mar 28, 2022 1:39 PM by The Maritime Executive

Description/Job Summary

The Port Engineer is a leadership role that is responsible for scheduling, coordinating, and performing vessel repair and maintenance for an assigned fleet of vessels. This position is
based in Staten Island New York.


Description of Duties:

  • Support the safety and quality objectives by administering the design, construction, and maintenance of the vessels.
  • Liaison with the Captain and Engineers on require maintenance needs
  • Ensure all vessel engineers are properly trained, qualified, and comply with regulatory training and/or certification requirements.
  • Assist in the development and adherence of the maintenance and repair budget.
  • Supervise the timely and cost-effective maintenance, repair, modifications, and refurbishment projects of the existing fleet.
  • Develop dry-docking specifications, vendor bid packages, and evaluation projects.
  • Monitor and verify maintenance and repairs completed by contractor and/or shipyard.
  • Conduct on-site surveys of vessels and equipment to determine maintenance and repair needs.
  • Monitor and coordinate regulatory and class vessel inspections
  • Create purchase orders and work orders, review and close outstanding maintenance jobs, review and approve requisitions, and review vessel reports.
  • Make repair and improvement recommendations and present the budget to the ports General Manager
  • Assist in the development and modification of preventative maintenance plans for vessel equipment.
  • Assist with updating the planned maintenance system with various changes to vessel equipment
  • Periodically review and assist with modifying engineering procedures and policies
  • Present sustainability plan to Ports General Manager in accordance with customer requirements
  • Present and enforce, the companies' green initiatives through mechanical and material purchases.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Preferred Experience

Minimum Requirements:

  • Minimum five years as an engineer on tugboats and mechanical experience working on Detroit Diesel 71 Series, EMD, John Deere, and Caterpillar engines. Electrical system
  • experience also required.
  • High School Degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • A Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related field preferred. Maritime Academy graduate is preferred.
  • USCG Merchant Mariner Credential, Engineering License, and Transportation Worker Identification Card.
  • Extensive experience managing drydockings, shipyard availabilities, and mechanical systems.
  • Ability to prepare, monitor, and administer budgets.
  • Ability to mentor, coach, and train employees
  • Ability to prioritize and organize multiple projects simultaneously
  • Working knowledge of vessel planned maintenance software
  • Strong analytical, communication, and problem-solving skills

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work in a sedentary office environment operating computers, telephones, radios, and standard office equipment.
  • Fit to perform inspections and supervise work in all spaces aboard vessels afloat or in shipyard dry docks; Capable of climbing ladders and safely embarking/disembarking moored
  • vessels.
  • Ability to travel frequently.
  • Adequate vision (i.e., absent any color blindness or impairment that cannot be corrected with prescription lenses).
  • Adequate hearing.
  • Capable of walking and standing on wet surfaces for extended periods of time.
  • Able to handle heavy lines and operate heavy machinery.
  • Ability to hoist oneself up and over a 12-inch wide, 6-foot-high barrier.
  • Sufficient strength to:
    1. Lift 100 lbs. from deck to waist level;
    2. Lift 50 lbs. from deck to shoulder level;
    3. Lift 35 lbs. from deck to overhead; and 
    4. Pull (drag) 120 lbs. at least 20 feet.