Chief Mate performs duties assigned by the Ship’s Master, such as managing vessel operations and safety, directing logistics for upcoming science expeditions, managing shipboard personnel and administration, overseeing voyage planning, vessel maintenance, and conducting drills and inspects to ensure crew preparedness. In the absence of the Master, or if the Master becomes incapacitated due to sickness or injury, the Chief Mate will assume responsibility for the operations and safety of the ship until relieved by proper authority.
A. Education/Training: Associate’s Degree from an accredited community college or maritime academy in a Marine Engineering field (High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent and at least four (4) years of professional experience in a seagoing marine engineering position with a valid Merchant Marine Credential (MMC) may substitute for an Associate’s Degree.).
B. Experience: At least three (3) years of experience as Chief Mate or 2nd Mate, Unlimited Tonnage Oceans credential. Experience in Dynamic Positioning.
C. Knowledge: Knowledge of U.S. Coast Guard rules and regulations; ISM, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) requirements and vessel stability; Maritime Laws; Current with all applicable laws, regulations, treaties, 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR); 46 CFR; Hazardous Materials; International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL); International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS); OSHA regulations; regulations and requirements as in inspected vessel under 46 CFR Subchapter U.
D. Abilities and Skills: Must be a U.S. Citizen and possess a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), which must be current (minimum six (6) months prior to expiration). Must possess a valid U. S. Passport, which has is at least six (6) months prior to expiration for possible foreign travel/deployments. Must possess a current Merchant Mariners Certificate (MMC) as Chief Mate with endorsement for Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW), and current USCG medical certificate. All documentation must be maintained in valid status throughout duration of employment. U.S. Coast Guard Unlimited Tonnage Oceans Chief Mate Credential. Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) certificate as Chief Mate, (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Operator endorsement, Radar Observer Unlimited endorsement.
Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to pass USCG Physical Exam for Merchant Mariners. Submit to and pass drug tests as mandated by the USCG including but not limited to pre-employment, random, post-accident testing. Must complete the online Hazard Communication training immediately after hire or no later than employee’s initial exposure to hazardous chemicals. Must read and sign University of Hawai‘i Marine Center Code of Conduct for employees.
E. Physical and/or Medical Demands: Must be physically able to move about the vessel – climb ladders, enter tight spaces, use self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)/firefighting gear and respirators without breathing difficulties. Medical and physical fitness must be adequate for working continuously at sea for up to four (0-4) months, and outdoors in tropical conditions for daily shifts of four to eight (4-8) hours each. Able to lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds unassisted.
F. Policy and/or Regulatory Requirements: As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i’s and/or business entity's policies and procedures.
University of Hawai’i Marine Center
University of Hawai’i (UH) Marine Operations are coordinated by the UH School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology’s (SOEST), an operator institution in the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) and subscribes to the UNOLS Research Vessel Safety Standards.
The UH Marine Center is located at Pier 35 in Honolulu Harbor and is responsible for coordinating operations on and maintaining the R/V Kilo Moana (KM), a 186′ SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) vessel. The vessel was built in 2001 and commissioned in 2002. SOEST also owns and operates a 6000-m capable Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Luʻukai, which is usually deployed from the KM.
Facilities include: pier space for the KM, visiting research vessels, and several smaller vessels; a machine shop; cranes; and storage facilities.
Services provided by the Marine Center include: ship scheduling; provision of shipboard crew and technicians; engineering support; coordination of shared equipment such as underwater vehicles, and small boats; and vessel chartering.