Vessel Manager



The Atlas Corp. and Seaspan teams are goal-driven and share a high-performance culture, focusing on building services offerings to become a leading asset manager. Seaspan provides many of the world's major shipping lines with alternatives to vessel ownership by offering long-term leases on large, modern containerships combined with industry leading ship management serves. Seaspan's fleet has evolved over time to meet the varying needs of our customer base. We own vessels in a wide range of sizes, from 2,500 TEU to 14,000 TEU vessels. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlas Corp, Seaspan delivers on the company's core strategy as a leading asset management and core infrastructure company.

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, commercial and legal considerations, and guides sea-staff onboard assigned vessels. The Vessel Manager also takes initiative to continuously improve the performance of assigned ships and strengthens 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 their duty 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 vessel operations; also assists crew performing vessel maintenance
  • Researches technical information related to equipment breakdowns, malfunctions, improvements, upgrades or modifications for the reliable long-term performance of the vessels
  • Prepares for scheduled dry dockings, surveys and repairs on assigned ships, and arranges and manages supply of spares, stores, and services to vessels before scheduled maintenance and breakdown repairs 
  • Manages vessels in full 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 
  • Ensures compliance with all necessary operational certification and survey requirements applicable to assigned vessels
  • Visits vessels port; may sail with Seaspan ships to reasonably ascertain that they are operated in a safe, reliable and economical way 
  • Monitors function and performance during 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 issues and follows them through to resolution
  • Prepares budgets in the required detail for the yearly operation of assigned ships, scheduled dry dockings, surveys, repairs and ad-hoc modifications and repairs within required timelines
  • Monitors expenses of assigned vessels and submits monthly variance reporting and tracks against budget
  • Ensures that 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-max sized (or larger) vessels engaged in international trading and must have a minimum of one full year in rank as a chief engineer or have 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 equivalent

Additional 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 device and check regularly outside of office hours  
  • Must maintain a home internet connection for work outside of office hours


Compensation and Benefits package: 

Seaspan’s total compensation is based on our pay-for-performance philosophy that rewards team members who deliver on and demonstrate our high-performance culture. The hiring range for this position is $122,300 - $152,900 CAD per annum. The exact base salary offered will be commensurate with the incumbent’s experience, job-related skills and knowledge, and internal pay equity. In addition to base salary, we offer a competitive total rewards package which includes an annual performance-based bonus, a comprehensive benefits package (extended health, dental, life and disability insurance), retirement savings plan matching and other company-provided rewards.  


Atlas Corp. and Seaspan Corporation are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

We thank all applicants in advance. If your application is shortlisted to be included in the interview process, one of our team will be in contact with you.


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.