Marine – Engineering

Engineers are responsible for the day to day operation of machinery found on the vessel or tug. They work on main engines ranging from 1200 to 5750 kW, auxiliary engines, pumps and winches. Engineers are required to work in tight spaces such as the engine room bilge, and work with heavy pieces of equipment.

  • Engineers are required to complete Marine Emergency Duty courses and must be able to direct and properly use all safety and fire fighting equipment on the vessel.
  • Some Seaspan vessels require either a Second or a First Class Motor Certificate

Seaspan Engineering Progression

  1. Mechanical Assistant (Seaspan Ferries Only)

    • Mechanical Assistants assist the engineers

  2. Engineer Cadet

    • Engineering Cadets are employed as Engineer Assistants while they are working towards their 4th Class Rating. While working as an assistant, Cadets earn the Sea Time requirements to achieve the 4th Class Rating from Transport Canada.

  3. 2nd Engineer

    • A 2nd Assistant Engineer will have a minimum of a Class 4 rating and is responsible for the engine room watch, performing checks and ensuring the smooth operations of the engine room. The 1st and 2nd Engineers stand opposite watches, and are responsible for the maintenance and repairs of the vessel while on watch.
  4. Chief Engineer

    • Depending on the kW of a vessel, a Chief Engineer at Seaspan will have a Class 4 to Class 1 Rating. A Chief Engineer in in charge of the Engine Department, responsible for most paperwork, ordering, maintaining spare parts inventory, and directly supervises critical engine repairs.

Department of Transport Canada Requirements

 4th Class

  • Marine Medical Certificate
  • # of Qualifying Service Months in Previous Rating (36)
  • Propulsion Plant Simulator Level Required (1)
  • MED A1 – Basic Safety (MED 1000)
  • Basic Safety Training (MED 1500)
  • MED – Survival Craft (MEDI 1800)
  • MED – Advance Fire Fighting (MEDI 2500)
  • Marine Advanced First Aid

3rd Class

  • Must have 4th Class License
  • Marine Medical Certificate
  • # of Qualifying Service Months in Previous Rating (12)
  • Propulsion Plant Simulator Level Required (1)
  • MED A1 – Basic Safety (MED 1000)
  • Basic Safety Training (MED 1500)
  • MED – Survival Craft (MEDI 1800)
  • MED – Advanced Fire Fighting (MEDI 2500)
  • MED D – Senior Officer Certification (MEDI 1060)
  • Marine Advanced First Aid

2nd Class

  • Must have 3rd Class License
  • Marine Medical Certificate
  • # of Qualifying Service Months in Previous Rating (12)
  • Propulsion Plant Simulator Level Required (2)
  • MED A1 – Basic Safety (MED 1000)
  • Basic Safety Training (MED 1500)
  • MED – Survival Craft (MEDI 1800)
  • MED – Advanced Fire Fighting (MEDI 2500)
  • MED D- Senior Officer Certification
  • Marine Advanced FIrst Aid

1st Class

  • Must have 2nd Class License
  • Marine Medical Certificate
  • # of Qualifying Service Months in Previous Rating (15)
  • Propulsion Plant Simulator Level Required (2)
  • MED A1 – Basic Safety (MED 1000)
  • Basic Safety Training (MED 1500)
  • MED – Survival Craft (MEDI 1800)
  • MED – Advanced Fire Fighting (MEDI 2500)
  • MED D – Senior Officer Certification
  • Marine Advanced First Aid

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