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Chief Engineers, Relief Chief Engineers & 1st Assistant Engineers

Shipboard Officer / Personnel / Crew
Employment type
Full Time
Company Employee


The minimum qualifications and experience required for each Chief Engineer are:

1. Possess all valid flag state (and coastal state as applicable) credentials required by law for service as Chief Engineer on the route and class of vessel appointed to (examples: U.S. Merchant Mariners Credential, TWIC Card, Medical Certificate, etc.).

2. A valid Driver's License.

3. A valid Passport is highly preferred.

4. Ability to read and write English as well as render, understand, and react to commands given in English.

5. Minimum two years' experience on DP-2 class vessels of similar size, route, and industrial mission in a position not lower than Assistant Engineer. Six months as Chief Engineer is preferred.


Hornbeck Offshore is currently recruiting for Chief Engineers, Relief Chief Engineers and 1st Assistant Engineers. We have both 28/14 and 28/28 rotations available. Please click the below link to visit our website and apply online.



The Chief Engineer is designated by the Company as the senior engineering officer of each vessel. The Chief Engineer is responsible for the management of shipboard engineering systems and equipment, the day to day activities of the engineering crew, and is responsible for representing, enforcing, and preserving Company interests, policies and procedures to the crew, clients, sub-contractors, and duly authorized authorities as directed by the Master. The Chief Engineer's duties include, but are not limited to, the full implementation of the Company Safety Management System (SMS), Code of Conduct, Company Policies, and Company Mission Statement. The Chief Engineer serves as the Officer in Charge of the Engineering Watch (OICEW) as directed by the Master. The Chief Engineer ensures the safe and efficient maintenance and operation of the vessel's engineering systems and spaces including, but not limited to, main propulsion, power generation and management systems, vessel control systems, automation systems, dry bulk and liquid cargo transfer systems, fuel management systems, bilge and ballast systems; firefighting systems, refrigeration and HVAC systems; potable water, grey water and sewage systems, communication and electronic navigation systems, deck machinery and cranes. The Chief Engineer manages all below deck cargoes and engineering stores; tracks and reports on the consumption of fuel, water, lube oils, hydraulic oils, and engineering spare parts and supplies. The Chief Engineer is responsible for the monitoring of the seaworthiness of the vessel, the safety of the crew and persons in addition to crew, protection of the environment, protection of the cargo or property of the charterer, vessel's industrial mission performance, mobilization and demobilization project management, charterer relations, crew resource management, cost control, crew competency assessment, training, and other responsibilities that may be assigned by the Master or that the Chief Engineer recognizes as essential to his/or her responsibility.


1. The Chief Engineer is responsible for implementing the safety and environmental protection policies of the Company; motivating the crew in the observation of those policies; issuing and communicating appropriate orders and instructions in a clear and simple manner; verifying that specified requirements of the SMS, Code of Conduct, and Company policies are observed.

2. To ensure the safe operation of each ship and to provide a link between the Company and those on board, the Company has designated a person or persons ashore having direct access to the highest level of management. The Chief Engineer (and all crew members) has been provided contact information for the DPA and alternate DPA. The Chief Engineer has the responsibility to monitor the safety and pollution-prevention aspects of the operation of their ship and to ensure that adequate resources and shore-based support are applied, as required. Any deficiencies must be immediately reported to the Master and Company DPA.

3. As directed by the Master, the Chief Engineer has the authority under his/her licensure to perform responsibilities aboard their vessel or when otherwise engaged in the business of the Company in the capacity of a Chief Engineer in a manner consistent with this job description.

4. As directed by the Master, the Chief Engineer serves as the OICEW and is responsible for the management and direction of other OICEWs to ensure the safe operation and efficient maintenance of the vessels engineering systems in compliance with the applicable laws and regulations of the vessel's flag state, coastal state, and the Company SMS in a manner consistent with maintaining the safety of the crew and the protection of the environment.

5. The Chief Engineer manages the engineering officers, engineering crew, vendors and subcontractors as directed by the Master, including service delivery, safety management, human resource management, and cost management in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Company.


1. The Chief Engineer is accountable to, and reports to the Master of the vessel, for all aspects of job performance.

2. The Chief Engineer shall manage the engineering officers and engineering crew aboard his/her vessel under the direction of the Master.

3. The Chief Engineer shall cooperate and work closely with flag state, port state and coastal state officials, client representatives, Operations Coordinator, Chief Officer, OICNW and any other relevant personnel necessary for the safe and efficient maintenance and operation of the vessels engineering systems as directed by the Master.

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