Learn about the duties of chief engineer in port, during cargo work and at dry-dock
Duties of Chief Engineer
Chief engineer over sees daily routine operations of engine room and communicate to the office between department on ship and within his department.
- Planning of manpower, job delegation
- Daily job discussion with second engineer and daily routine ship inspection.
- Supervise engine room personnel and give advice as required.
- Improve performance and efficiency of engine room work team.
- To work according to the planned maintenance schedule.
- Draw up training orientation program for engine room cadets.
- To ensure smooth communication between inter- department.
- Arranging preparing and recording of machinery survey.
- Ensure proper operation of safety equipments and its certificate still valid.
- Testing of machinery space lifting gear.
- Planning maintenance check list to ensure machinery are properly maintained and reduced the risk of sudden break down of plant operation.
- Chick list should record machinery description, date of service, part changed and remarks etc.
- Ensure proper entry of engine room log book and oil record book.
- Arrangement for plant survey inspection to check with item is due for survey.
- To ensure sufficient stock are reserved ( bunker ,fuel oil ,diesel oil ,main engine lube oil ,cylinder oil , other lube oils and chemicals ) in case of any unpredictable situations ( e.g. heavy sea ,storm ,engine breakdown at sea ,delay of voyage ,unavailable of port bunker service etc. )
- Writing of report to company e.g. voyage report, monthly main engine performance report and ad hoe report.
- Preparation of dry dock list.
- Inventory management and requisition (chemicals, lube oil, machinery spaces and stores).
- Liaise with shore technical representative.
- Receive stores and spares from supplier.
- Receive bunker, fuel oil, lube oil etc.
- Ensure engine room is locked after work.
- All firefighting equipment is in their position and tested.
- Bilge overboard valve is locked shut.
- Sewage plant should be in operation.
- Should take permission from port authority for major work done on main propulsion.
- Ensure deck cranes and deck machinery is tested prior port arrival .
- Ballast system properly function and correct operation by the deckofficerson duty.
- Make sure sufficient number of engineers in board during cargo work in case any emergency repair is required.
- During heavy seas,to ensure all items in the engine room is properly secured .
- Daily routine ship inspection
- Main engine and other auxiliary engines are in order.
- Training of engine room staff, usage of firefighting equipment and fire drill.
In Dry Dock
- To brief engine room staffs before docking and ensure they under stand their respective duties.
- Preparation of machinery survey in dry dock
- Preparation of dry dock list .
- Study previous dry dock reports and note clearance to be measured .
- Ensure all tools and spares are ready for use .
- Liaise with the shipyard manager and contractor to ensure correct works carried out .
- Emergency lightening and generator set to be tested before docking in case of shore power failure.
- Fire fighting equipments on board to be checked and tested and make ready for use .
- All tanks, wells and coffer dams to be sound and recorded.
- Minimum bunker and ballast to be carried.
- To ensure filter elements in oily water separator and renewed and system is checked and system is checked for satisfactory function.