The First Engineer is in charge of engine watch-keeping. He/she is responsible for the daily maintenance and operations of the engineering and technical aspects of the vessel as directed by the Chief Engineer and Staff Engineer.



  • Ensures presence on board whenever the Staff Engineer is absent;
  • Relieves the Staff Engineer in case of emergency
  • Is directly responsible to the Staff Engineer for all work performed in the engine room and for the maintenance and condition of the Main Diesel Engines and Emergency Diesel Engines;
  • Assigns maintenance and repair duties to his/her subordinate personnel and actively supervises overhaul and repair work
  • Inspects all assigned work in progress ensuring that it is executed properly in accordance with acceptable standards and that no wastage of materials occurs
  • Controls the proper disposals of all refuse, rags, etc. to avoid fire and other hazards
  • Trains personnel assigned to his/her engine watch 
  • Supervises and works in close cooperation with the 2nd and 3rd engineers, engine cadet, and engine ratings, also being responsible for their on-the-job training 
  • Attends all cocktail parties and social and entertaining functions where his presence is required by the Master


QUALIFICATIONS (skills, competencies, experience)

  • Fluent English, oral and written. Any additional European language is considered an advantage
  • Meet the requirements of the laws of the Flag State of the ship regarding health & physical requirements
  • Extensive successful experience in a similar position on board a cargo vessel or another Cruise company
  • Basic Windows-based programs knowledge



  • Satisfy the requirements of STCW 95 regarding certification for this position
  • Basic Safety Training Certificate including Advanced Fire-fighting experience and Swimming & Rowing competence
  • Crowd Management & Crisis Management and Human Behaviour
  • Security Duties
  • Certificate of Competency IMO STCW III/2;
  • High voltage Operations
  • High voltage Management
  • A recognised seafarer’s medical certification is required before starting work onboard



  • Passport
  • Seaman’s Book
  • MMRV and COVID VACCINE Certifications

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