Job Description – NOCS 61/08
Department            National Marine Facilites Division - National Oceanography Centre,
Post:                 Chief Officer

Grade:                Marine graded post
Competency            STCW95 Certificate of Competency II/2 - Master. GMDSS General Operators
Level:                Certificate
Responsible to:       The Master

Reports to:           At Sea: The Master
                      Ashore: NMFD Operations Manager
Responsible for:      Second Officer, Third Officer, Deck Petty Officers and Ratings

Main Function of the Job:

     To support the Master, in his role as the Senior Manager on board the vessel.
     To act as a senior manager aboard the vessel and acting as Officer in Charge when
     To ensure the most effective management use of all resources (i.e. manpower,
      equipment, time and processes) on board.
     Undertake the duties of the Ship Security Officer.
     Uphold the " NERC Code of Conduct for Seafarers" as Head of Department.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1        Health, Safety, Environment and General Conduct:

1.1      To be aware of and meet the NERC Core Expectations appropriate to the post.
1.2      To be aware of and comply with all codes of conduct appropriate to the post.

2.       Seagoing Role:

2.1      Arrange the working hours of the Deck Ratings (including the CPO Deck and PO Deck) to
         achieve the scientific objectives of the cruise and the maintenance objectives of the
         vessel, ensuring that work is carried out according to the Code of Safe Working Practices
         for Merchant Seaman, and the NMFD Documented Management System
2.2      Implement the loading and stowage of scientific equipment in consultation with CPO
         Scientific, CPO Deck, Principal Scientist and Technical Liaison Officer/Cruise Manager
2.3      Co-ordinate, with the CPO Scientific and the CPO Deck, the deployment and recovery of
         scientific equipment, in consultation with the Principal Scientist, TLO/Cruise Manager
         and Master.
2.4      Plan, direct and implement the onboard maintenance of all ship’s fabric in compliance
         with the programme agreed with the Master and other onboard Heads of Departments
2.5      Keep an up to date Defect Record. Defects beyond the capacity of ship’s staff to remedy
         should be thoroughly explained on an NMFD Ship Defect Report Form.
2.6      Implement the loading of sufficient fresh water for the voyage. Except in abnormal
         circumstances, there must be a sufficient reserve of fresh water to allow for delays and
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2.7    Ensure daily that water remaining onboard is sufficient and if necessary to arrange with
       the Engineering Department for supply of desalinated water, having regard to the
       proximity of land.
2.8    Chlorinate fresh water and fresh water equipment when necessary
2.9    Confirm the ship is stable at all times, ensure the ship is not overloaded at any time in
       the voyage/cruise, ensure that the ship is trimmed for best comfort, speed etc and that
       stability, trim and draft are correct for dry-docking and undocking.
2.10   Plan, implement and record all necessary deck training onboard
2.11   Be a member of the Shipboard Safety Committee
2.12   Take charge of emergencies involving fire in Accommodation and Deck Spaces
2.13   Maintain all lifesaving and fire fighting appliances (except those in the care of the Chief
       Engineer Officer) so that the requirements of the MCA are fulfilled at all times.
2.14   Liaise with the Safety Officer for implementation of safety training for scientists, deck
       officers and ships crew and record all training accordingly.
2.15   To ensure the proper completion of the current NERC Marine Assessment/Appraisal
       system currently in force, for all staff under your line management, as required.
2.16   Be responsible for the safekeeping of all deck stores, spares and tools, taking
       inventories in placing orders where necessary.
2.17   Administer the deck stores budget allowance for the ship.
2.18   Take charge of the navigational watch with the VHF and/or MF radio watch.
2.19   Take the station assigned by the Master at mooring, unmooring and anchoring, and
       during the deployment and recovery of scientific equipment.
2.20   Ensure that the appropriate Pre-Cruise sailing checklist is satisfactorily completed and
       the Master advised accordingly.
2.21   Plan and share all duties of ship-keeping in port, and to write up the Deck Log for the
       times when on duty and maintain and sign the Deck Log for the appropriate watch.
2.22   Ensure all hatches, shackles, chains, wires and all lifting appliances, for Deck, Engine or
       Scientific use are in good order and duly certificated and recorded.
2.23   Carry out plumbing maintenance/supervise maintenance. (This activity to be done in
       conjunction with the Second Engineer Officer).
2.24   Safeguard the ship’s keys.
2.25   Carry out First Aid Duties when appropriate.

3.     Ships Security Officers Duties:

3.1    As the Ship Security Officer undertake regular security inspections of the vessel, maintain
       and supervise the implementation of the ship security plan including proposing any
       modifications to the plan, co-ordinate the security aspects of the vessel whilst in port
       and reporting any deficiencies and non-conformities identified to the Company Security
3.2    Enhancing security awareness and vigilance onboard through a structured training
3.3    Reporting all security incidents and implementation of the ships security plan with the
       Company Safety Officer and the Port Facility Security Officer and ensuring that any
       security equipment is properly operated, tested, maintained and calibrated.
3.4    Liaise with the Master, other Deck Officers, Chief Engineer, SCM and CPO Deck with
       onboard security issues.

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4.    Shore Duties and Responsibilities:

4.1   The Chief Officer, as a senior member of the onboard management team, is required to
      support the NERC and NMFD aims and objectives, policies, processes and procedures
      and represent these aims and objectives constructively in discussions with ships staff
      and outside agencies.
4.2   This will not preclude the Chief Officer from questioning the various policies, processes
      and procedures and seeking clarification from or offering advise to the shore
      management in a discreet and appropriate manner
4.3   The Chief Officer will work actively with the Master and other members of the onboard
      management team in ensuring compliance with the various aims and objectives, policies,
      processes and procedures, especially in respect of safety and operational practices.
4.4   During the time ashore, when not on leave, the senior seagoing managers will be
      required to work for periods at NOCS to assist in planning and coordination of future
      research cruises together with the Principal Scientist and NMFD operations staff, or to
      assist in supporting the overall management activities taking place at that time.
4.5   Be aware of the requirements of the general notes on Job Descriptions

5.    Training:

5.1   Attend such training courses as may be deemed necessary by NMFD shore management,
      to assist with both personal development and the development and improvement of the
      organisation. These training courses may be arranged at times that coincide with an
      individuals leave but, if felt important by the shore management, then the Chief Officer
      will be required to attend.

6     Process Management:

6.1   NMFD operates a process management system in order to ensure efficiency and
      consistency and to provide an auditable framework for performance measurement. The
      post is required to conform with and contribute to this system. This will include
      involvement with system audits.

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Person Specification – NOCS 61/08
Department:                National Marine Facilites- Sea Systems, National Oceanography
                           Centre, Southampton
Post Title:                Chief Officer

Grade/Band:                Marine Staff

Criteria                                         Essential                     Desirable
Qualifications/Knowledge:                 STCW95 Certificate of              Knowledge and
                                         Competency Master 11/2             experience in DP
                                            (no limitations).                  operations.

                                         GMDSS General Operators
                                               Certificate.                  Ship Handling.

                                             STCW95 Certificates
                                            PST (Personal Survival
                                            Proficiency in Medical
                                              Care Onboard Ship
                                           Advanced Fire Fighting.

                                         ENG 1 Medical Certificate
                                           of fitness – without
Work Related Experience:                         Seagoing.              Scientific Research Vessel

Skills/Abilities & Special Attributes:
1) Planning & Organising:                 Good time management
                                         skills and prioritisation in
                                          situations of conflicting
2) Analysis and Problem Solving:          Strong and independent
                                         problem solving abilities
                                           and task prioritisation.
3) Communication Skills:                  Confident and articulate
                                               written and oral
                                          communication skills at
                                                  all levels.

                                              Broad IT skills.
4) Leadership/Management                 Able to lead and organise
   Skills:                                 staff and manage the
                                             onboard team and

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5) Other Skills:           Strong awareness of             Proactive in an
                            health, safety and         environment of change.
                          environmental issues.

                            Enthusiasm and the           An enthusiasm for
                          flexibility to learn new         advancing our
                                    skills.             understanding of the
                                                        marine environment.
                           understanding of all
                          relevant national and
                         international statutory
                        regulations applicable to
                            the role to ensure
                         compliance within the
                            Deck department.
Special Requirements:   Participation as part of the
                          NMF Sea Systems team
                              ashore at NOCS.

                         Holder of a UK Passport
                          and Discharge Book.

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