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Port Enginer

Engineer  / Naval Architect
Employment type
Full Time

KeyLakes, Inc., a subsidiary of Keystone Shipping Co., is currently seeking a qualified maritime professional to fill the position of Port Engineer in the Engineering Department of our Duluth, MN office, to manage our fleet of self-unloading Great Lakes bulk carriers.  This position reports directly to the Fleet Engineer of the KeyLakes office and the Vice President of Engineering.

Candidates must meet the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor‘s Degree in Marine Engineering from an accredited maritime academy, or equivalent engineering education and discipline.
  • US Coast Guard unlimited license as First Assistant Engineer or higher, for steam and/or diesel propelled vessels.
  • At least five (5) years experience sailing aboard Great Lakes or oceangoing commercial vessels, with time as First Assistant and/or Chief Engineer preferred
  • At least three (3) years experience in vessel operation, maintenance or repair.  Prior Port Engineer experience or project management of drydockings or conversions a plus.
  • Results-oriented leader able to work in a fast-paced, teamwork environment with minimal direction. 
  • Strong communications, analytical and administrative skills.
  • Working knowledge of U.S. Coast Guard and ABS rules and regulations.
  • Working knowledge of ABS NS5 Planned Maintenance software a plus
  • Have a Transportation Workers identification Card (TWIC) issued by the TSA
  • Moderate travel with possible international travel
  • Relocation to the Duluth area preferred
  • Be able to pass a physical and be physically able to enter confined spaces, and climb ladders aboard ships while at sea or in port.

Job Responsibilities to include but not limited to:

  • Overall engineering management for the vessels assigned, including operation, maintenance, repair, condition and certification.
  • Schedule and manage voyage repairs, drydockings, and winter layup maintenance and repair periods, including requisitioning and procurement of material and services.
  • Insure that vessels for which s/he is responsible are fully certificated and documented, and shall coordinate required vessel inspections by regulatory body inspectors. 
  • Preparation of annual budgets for spare parts, voyage repairs, major repairs and special expenditures and the fiscal management of assigned vessels within the approved budgets.
  • Be thoroughly familiar with the operational status, condition of hull and all equipment aboard each of his/her vessels.                                              
  • Overseeing the technical aspects of the engineering operation of assigned vessels.  In this capacity, the Port Engineer shall work closely with senior officers and provide technical advice to the vessels and other shoreside departments when necessary.
  • Monitor the engineering performance of vessels and make recommendations for improvements and modifications to the Chief Engineers and company engineering management.
  • Review vessel operating, performance and maintenance data submitted by the Chief Engineer to ensure efficient operation and adherence to maintenance and safety standards. 
  • Represent the company in industry technical forums as necessary
  • Undertake additional assignments as directed by the Vice President of Engineering.
Apply Instructions

We offer salary based on experience and an excellent comprehensive benefits package.


Qualified candidates should submit resume and salary requirements to:

      PO Box 1106, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004-1496,

     Attn:  Cathy Doyle, Human Resources

Or via email to:

       Please respond not later than June 22, 2017.




Keystone Shipping Co.

Keystone Shipping Co.
Keystone Shipping delivers the highest quality waterborne transportation of bulk cargoes safely, efficiently and with the utmost environmental concern to ports within the United States and around the globe.


One Bala Plaza East Suite 600
Bala Cynwyd, PA, 19004 USA