Duties of Chief Enginer on Ships

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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.

  1. Planning of manpower, job delegation
  2. Daily job discussion with second engineer and daily routine ship inspection.
  3. Supervise engine room personnel and give advice as required.
  4. Improve performance and efficiency of engine room work team.
  5. To work according to the planned maintenance schedule.
  6. Draw up training orientation program for engine room cadets.
  7. To ensure smooth communication between inter- department.
  8. Arranging preparing and recording of machinery survey.
  9. Ensure proper operation of safety equipments and its certificate still valid.
  10. Testing of machinery space lifting gear.
  11. Planning maintenance check list to ensure machinery are properly maintained and reduced the risk of sudden break down of plant operation.
  12. Chick list should record machinery description, date of service, part changed and remarks etc.
  13. Ensure proper entry of engine room log book and oil record book.
  14. Arrangement for plant survey inspection to check with item is due for survey.
  15. 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. )
  16. Writing of report to company e.g. voyage report, monthly main engine performance report and ad hoe report.
  17. Preparation of dry dock list.
  18. Inventory management and requisition (chemicals, lube oil, machinery spaces and stores).

In Port

  1. Liaise with shore technical representative.
  2. Receive stores and spares from supplier.
  3. Receive bunker, fuel oil, lube oil etc.
  4. Ensure engine room is locked after work.
  5. All firefighting equipment is in their position and tested.
  6. Bilge overboard valve is locked shut.
  7. Sewage plant should be in operation.
  8. Should take permission from port authority for major work done on main propulsion.

Cargo Work

  1. Ensure deck cranes and deck machinery is tested prior port arrival .
  2. Ballast system properly function and correct operation by the deckofficerson duty.
  3. Make sure sufficient number of engineers in board during cargo work in case any emergency repair is required.

@ Sea

  1. During heavy seas,to ensure all items in the engine room is properly secured .
  2. Daily routine ship inspection
  3. Main engine and other auxiliary engines are in order.
  4. Training of engine room staff, usage of firefighting equipment and fire drill.

In Dry Dock

  1. To brief engine room staffs before docking and ensure they under stand their respective duties.
  2. Preparation of machinery survey in dry dock
  3. Preparation of dry dock list .
  4. Study previous dry dock reports and note clearance to be measured .
  5. Ensure all tools and spares are ready for use .
  6. Liaise with the shipyard manager and contractor to ensure correct works carried out .
  7. Emergency lightening and generator set to be tested before docking in case of shore power failure.
  8. Fire fighting equipments on board to be checked and tested and make ready for use .
  9. All tanks, wells and coffer dams to be sound and recorded.
  10. Minimum bunker and ballast to be carried.
  11. To ensure filter elements in oily water separator and renewed and system is checked and system is checked for satisfactory function.