About This Career
Marine Deck Officers are certified crew members who are responsible for the safe navigation of a marine vessel and coordination of all vessel operations. This includes cargo loading and discharging, working with equipment maintenance systems, documentation control, vessel security, supervision of marine non-certified crew members, and maintenance and operation of safety equipment. Deck Officers include the following:
- Masters or Captains guide, pilot, maintain and navigate the marine vessel. They are responsible for the safety of all crew members and work closely with the Chief Engineer, Chief Officer and other supervisors on the vessel.
- Chief Mates or First Mates supervise the Deck Crew and oversee mooring, ballast control, loading and unloading, as well as night watch activities.
- Second Mates or Officers of the Watch maintain watch of the vessel’s control systems.
- Third Mates or Officers of the Watch maintain watch and ensure the safety of the vessel and crew.
Marine Deck Crew are non-certified crew members and conduct activities such as bridge helmsmen and lookout, general cleaning and maintenance duties, and maintenance and operation of safety equipment. A Marine Deck Crew includes:
- Boatswains supervise deckhands and maintain all internal and external equipment on the vessel.
- Deckhands do a variety of maintenance jobs on the vessel.
The roles required on a vessel depend on its size, complexity and type. Some vessels may have jobs that are very specialized; others may be more generalized in nature.
Education: Marine Deck Crew members typically require a high school diploma (or equivalent) and experience working at sea. All Deck Officers must be certified by Transport Canada. A high school diploma (or equivalent) and the completion of a Deck Officer Cadet program or at least two years of experience as a member of a Deck Crew is typically required before entering a certification program. This certification program consists of several levels, and progression from one level to the next requires additional experience, training and testing.
Employment: This occupation is found in offshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil and gas services and marine transportation sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Master, Captain, Chief Mate, Second Mate, Third Mate, Officer of the Watch, Boatswain, Deckhand
- Able Seafarer
- Third Mate
- Second Mate
- Chief Mate
- Master Mariner
High Stress Situations
Long Periods of Standing
Working from Heights
Some Overtime Required
- Public administration, including regulatory
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Water transportation
Marine and Nautical Services
Exploration and production
Oil and gas services
- High School Diploma (or equivalent)
- Specialized training and certifications through Transport Canada may be required.
- Basic survival training
- Offshore Survival Introduction (OSI)
- Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
- H2S Alive
- Standard and emergency first aid
- A signed medical from an approved doctor certifying physical fitness.
- Valid passport as offshore work may involve traveling in international waters and to other countries.