Vessel Manager



Position Description:

The Vessel Manager is responsible for the safe, reliable and economical operation of assigned vessels. The position applies knowledge of engineering, HR management, shipping-industry regulations, and commercial and legal considerations, and guides sea staff onboard assigned vessels. The Vessel Manager also takes the initiative to continuously improve the performance of assigned ships and strengthen the teamwork between ship and office.

Job Responsibilities:

•To be familiar with the Health, Safety, Environmental Protection and Quality Policy (PL-005), and understands the responsibilities under the Environmental Management System (EMS).In keeping with this and other compliance policies, they understand theirduty to report any environmental noncompliance and/or concern to their manager or members either of the senior management team (including the highest level of management)directly or through the open reporting system as per Management System guidelines•Guides, advises, and monitor vesseloperations; also assistscrew performing vessel maintenance

•Researches technical information related to equipment breakdowns, malfunctions, improvements, upgradesor modifications for the reliable long-term performance of the vessels

•Prepares for scheduled drydockings, surveys and repairs on assigned ships,and arranges and manages supply of spares, stores, and services to vessels beforescheduledmaintenance and breakdown repairs

•Manages vessels infull compliance with local and international rules and regulations; and with Seaspan’s Safety Management System (SMS)

•Analyses ships’ performance and relays this information to the onboard master and chief engineer; ensures compliance with current charter-party terms of employment and other commercial concerns

•Ensurescompliance with all necessary operational certification and survey requirements applicable to assigned vessels

•Visits vesselsport; may sail with Seaspan ships to reasonably ascertain that they are operated in a safe, reliable and economical way

•Monitors function andperformanceduring ship visits and initiates effective problem solving of on-board issues, including technical, quality-assurance, health and safety, commercial or personnel issues

•Takes ownership of on-board issuesand follows them through to resolution

•Prepares budgets in the required detail for the yearly operation of assigned ships, scheduled drydockings, surveys, repairs and ad-hoc modifications and repairswithin requiredtimelines

•Monitors expenses of assigned vessels and submits monthly variance reportingandtracks against budget

•Ensuresthat all reporting employees adhere to company policies and procedures •Communicates expectations to direct reports;manages performance and provides leadership and support to team members

•Demonstrates commitment to Seaspan’s Maritime Resource Management values

•Performs other duties as required



•Must have at least one year of experience as a technical superintendent in a company managing handy-maxsized(or larger) vesselsengaged in international tradingand must have a minimum of one full year in rank as a chief engineer orhave completed three contracts as a chief engineer with Seaspan

•English language skills, both verbal and written,must be effective and suitable for a multi-cultural working environment

•Strong technical knowledge

•Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel)

•Class 1 marine engineer certificate

•Degree in marine engineering or equivalentAdditional Desired Qualifications:

•Experience working with container ships•Education in mechanical engineering or naval architecture

•Previous experience with new-builds and dry-dockings preferred


Job Demands and/or Physical Requirements:

•Regular international travel is required and may be on short notice

•Must have mobility to conduct vessel inspections

•Will be required to carry a mobile deviceand check regularly outside of office hours

•Must maintain a home internet connection for work outside of office hours


This video was taken on board our 4250 TEU vessel, Seaspan Santos, during a six-day passage in September 2013.


When you join the Seaspan family, you become a part of a company with one of the newest and most advanced fleets in the industry. Our modern vessels are maintained to the highest standards and offer excellent living conditions for our seafarers.