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Watchkeeping Mate

Shipboard Officer / Personnel / Crew
Employment type
Full Time
Mid Career

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

- Certificate of Competency

- Preferred – Transport Canada Watchkeeping Mate

- Minimum – Transport Canada Watchkeeping Mate, Near Coastal

- Restricted Operator’s Certificate – Maritime Commercial (ROC-MC)

- Marine Medical Certificate, Transport Canada

- MED with respect to STCW basic safety

- MED training with respect to proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats other than fast rescue boats;

- MED in advanced firefighting

- Marine Advanced First Aid

- Eligible to be added to Pacific Pilotage Authority Coastal Waiver from Compulsory Pilotage


Fraser River Pile & Dredge (GP) Inc. (FRPD) is Canada’s largest Marine & Infrastructure, Land Foundations and Dredging contractor. The company is privately owned with operations mainly in Western Canada and projects reaching across the country.

FRPD is a growing, award-winning company with significant opportunities for advancement. We know that our success is through our people and we focus on developing talented individuals looking to take advantage of the diverse scope of our many exciting projects.

We are seeking a Watchkeeping Mate with adequate sea time in BC Coastal Waters and demonstrated ability to manage assigned duties promptly and efficiently. They will be working with our crews on a trailing suction hopper dredger for the dredging season.


Duties and Responsibilities

- Remain on the Bridge and not leave until properly relieved

- When the Watch is changed, the Officer being relieved shall remain on the bridge and be responsible for the vessel until the relieving Officer acknowledges that he/she has taken charge of the vessel.

- Take charge of a navigation watch

- Handle / maneuver / navigate the vessel

- Supervise dredging operations and optimize production and the continuity of the vessel

- Verify the vessel’s position

- Enter all pertinent details into the Bridge Log as they occur

- Check operation of all navigational aids - radar, depth sounder, GPS, radios

- Monitor depth of water when approaching land or dredging

- Maintain a good lookout for traffic or dangers

- Give sufficient traffic warning to other vessels and check traffic conditions in confined and/or restricted areas

- Be responsible for all elements of the dredging operation

- Monitor the stability characteristics of the vessel during the dredging operation

- Ensure day shapes and navigation lights are properly displayed as per the COLREGs

- Perform any other duties that may be assigned from time to time

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Fraser River Pile and Dredge

Fraser River Pile and Dredge
Fraser River Pile & Dredge (GP) Inc. (FRPD) is Canada’s largest Marine & Infrastructure, Land Foundations and Dredging contractor. FRPD’s versatile fleet of cutter suction and trailing suction hopper dredges, spud barges, cranes, dump scows, flat scows and an extensive list of support equipment is ready to complete all types and sizes of Marine & Infrastructure, Environmental Remediation, Dredging and Land Foundations projects.  With headquarters in New Westminster, British Columbia, FRPD is committed to providing:
  • Our employees with a safe and rewarding place of employment and opportunities for ongoing professional growth;
  • Our customers with innovative and cost-effective solutions through the intelligent use of resources; and
  • Our communities with sustainable and environmentally sound business practices.
Founded in 1911


1830 River Drive
New Westminster, British Columbia, V3M2A8 Canada