Profession ship duty engineer

Ship duty engineers share responsibility for most of the content of the ship's hull. They ensure operation of the main engines, steering mechanism, electrical generation and other major subsystems. They communicate with the ship chief engineer to perform technical operations.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Maritime transportation technology

    Understand maritime transportation technology and stay up-to-date with the latest findings in the field. Apply this knowledge in operations and decision-making while on-board.

  • Operation of different engines

    Know the characteristics, maintenance requirements and operating procedures of various kinds of engines such as gas, diesel, electrical, and engines with steam propulsion plants.

  • International Maritime Organisation conventions

    Know International Maritime Organisation (IMO) conventions in order to maximise the efficiency and safety of international shipping.

  • Engine components

    Know the different engine components, and their operation and maintenance. Understand when repairs and replacement should be undertaken.

  • Principles of combustion engines

    Basic knowledge and understanding of different types of engines and their construction and performance.

  • Ship hull engineering

    Understand the construction and engineering of the watertight body of ships where machines and engineering operations are carried out.

  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System

    The internationally agreed-upon set of safety procedures, types of equipment and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue distressed ships, boats and aircraft.


  • Perform bunkering

    Perform bunkering, the process of supplying fuels to ships for their own use. Ensure sufficient amounts of fuel for the duration of the journeys.

  • Manage second level engines

    Operate and maintain second level engines such as boilers and auxiliary engines.

  • Operate diesel propulsion plants

    Operate diesel and gas turbine propulsion plants including related machinery, such as auxiliary boilers, auxiliary engines, incinerators, air compressors, fuel and fuel oil purifiers.

  • Detect malfunctions in engines

    Detect and effectively respond to machinery malfunctions. Take actions in order to prevent material damage; practice damage control.

  • Perform routine maintenance of ship engines

    Perform routine maintenance tasks on all ship engine systems; monitor engines to ensure they function within standard operating parameters.

  • Moor vessels

    Follow standard procedures to moor vessels. Manage communication between the ship and the shore.

  • Apply vessel engine regulations

    Understand the regulations regarding the vessel engines and apply those regulations in engine maintenance and operation.

  • Operate vessel engine room

    Operate and maintain the engine room of vessels. Operate the main engine room where the engine and propulsion machinery are located.

  • Manage vessel engines and systems

    Manage main engines (steam, gas or diesel), refrigeration systems, and any other equipment in the vessel's engine system.

  • Evaluate engine performance

    Read and comprehend engineering manuals and publications; test engines in order to evaluate engine performance.

  • Prepare engine room for operation

    Prepare and start main engine and auxiliary engines; prepare machinery in engine room prior to departure; know and follow starting procedures according to checklist.

  • Inspect engine rooms

    Inspect engine rooms to detect the presence of any hazardous materials, and to ensure legal compliance. Inspect the construction of the rooms, the functionality of equipment, the adequacy of room ventilation, and the frequency of maintenance activities.

  • Unmoor vessels

    Follow standard procedures to unmoor vessels. Manage communication between the ship and the shore.

  • Operate maritime communication equipment

    Operate and maintain maritime communication devices; conduct periodic inspections of communication equipment.

  • Maintain vessel inventory

    Keep an up-to-date inventory for a vessel, including information on spare components, oil and fuel. Determine the amount of fuel that will be needed for a voyage; ensure that sufficient amounts of fuel are on board at all times.

  • Provide support in vessel machinery systems

    Provide support based on knowledge of maritime operations, vessel assurance, and machinery systems.

  • Maintain vessel engine room

    Maintain the engines and engine room equipment of a vessel. Conduct pre-checks prior to departure and ongoing examinations during the voyage.

  • Manage safety standards for maritime water transport

    Manage and maintain safety standards and procedures for maritime transport. Ensure that before dispatching any vessel, all regulations and standards are met. May also be required to operate as a member of an Emergency Response Team.

Optional knowledge and skills

follow written instructions physics act reliably use different communication channels repair vessel mechanical systems write work-related reports liaise with colleagues work in a water transport team mechanics use maritime english principles of mechanical engineering analyse work-related written reports use mathematical tools and equipment

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