Deck Safety Inspector

Location: Philadelphia

Company: TOTE Services

Employment Type: Full Time

Region: Other

Job Category: Operations

Publish Date: September 19, 2021

Company Description: Since 1975, TOTE Services has provided full technical management and partial management/ crewing services for nearly one-hundred vessels of various sizes and configurations. We know that great companies are built by great people who embody our company’s values and vision. Whether we’re hiring for a shoreside or seagoing position, we look for people who can help us provide the world’s best ship management, marine operations, and vessel services. TOTE Services strives to lead the industry in safety, quality, and operational excellence and the TOTE Services team is critical to our success. www.toteservices.com


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TOTE Services


TOTE Services is seeking a qualified individual to serve as a Deck/Safety Inspector under TOTE Service’s Vessel Construction Management (VCM) contract to build, outfit, and deploy up to five (5) National Security Multi-Mission Vessels (NSMV) for the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD). This position will be located in Philadelphia, PA at Philly Shipyard, Inc and will report directly to the TOTE Services NSMV Chief Inspector.




Minimum Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of new construction shipbuilding experience preferred.
  • Sea-going experience as a Deck Officer on a U.S. Flagged, ocean-going merchant vessel.
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and under limited supervision.

Education & Licensure:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a Federal or State Maritime Academy, or a combination of post high-school education and relevant sea-going experience with exposure to Deck and Safety systems.



Main Duties and Responsibilities:

The Deck/Safety Inspector will be responsible for overseeing the installation and testing of key deck equipment, lifesaving systems, cargo handling gear, bridge equipment and other outfitting to be installed on the NSMV. The Deck/Safety Inspector will coordinate with various stakeholders, including ABS and USCG to verify compliance with the regulations and the Contract documents.  The ideal candidate will have successfully completed a Deck license program from a State or Federal Maritime Academy and have sea-going experience on a U.S. flagged vessel as a Deck officer.

The primary duties of the Deck/Safety Inspector will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Promote the TOTE Services safety culture and adhere to all safety guidelines while conducting inspection activities. Make safety a priority in everything we do.
  • Attend daily inspections related to vessel outfitting and deck systems to verify and record shipyard adherence to their internal quality processes and industry best practices during fabrication and testing.
  • Validate and record that all lifesaving, passive/active fire safety systems, and deck equipment installation and operation is compliant with the requirements of the Specification and the manufacturer’s recommendations. Ensure that workmanship results in a high-quality installation.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including USCG, ABS, and the shipyard to ensure close coordination during the installation and testing of various ship systems.
  • Evaluate proposed changes to the lifesaving systems, deck equipment, bridge installation, and other key outfitting systems and assist with the resolution of technical issues.
  • Along with other Subject Matter Experts, oversee the installation and integration of the Bridge equipment, including navigation systems, electronics, communication systems, CCTV, controls, and other safety systems.
  • Provide oversight and expertise related to other areas onboard the NSMV including the accommodation spaces, galley, hospital spaces, and more.
  • Support the development of vessel documents such as the Safety Management System (SMS), CargoMax, environmental management plan, cargo securing plan, fire & safety plan, and other important operational documents.
  • Attend dockside testing and sea trials as required to support final testing and commissioning of the ship’s systems.
  • Independently evaluate the shipbuilder’s progress against the published schedule and provide recurring status updates to the Chief Inspector.
  • Provide recurring status updates to the Chief Inspector, which may include key metrics, progress updates, preventive/corrective actions, and other information.