Port Engineer

Location: Tacoma

Company: TOTE Services

Employment Type: Full Time

Region: Pacific Northwest

Job Category: Engineering

Publish Date: August 15, 2019

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

The Port Engineer will be responsible for the management and supervision of every aspect of assigned Commercial vessels while they are in Port, at sea and in dry-dock, including providing direction to all shipyard and repair vendor personnel engaged in vessel repairs. Oversees installation and repair of marine power plants, propulsion systems, heating and ventilating systems, and other mechanical and electrical equipment in ships and marine facilities by performing the following duties


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

1. Manages and monitors the day-to-day technical operation of the assigned vessels. Will be primarily responsible for vessel repair and maintenance. Overall person in charge of vessel activities during repair outages and in dry-dock. Monitors and advises vessel’s Senior Officers in order to maintain operational capabilities of the vessel. Communicates directly with various TSI Department Managers on vessel status, including crew and operational issues.

2. Prepares operating budgets and long-term fiscal work plans for vessels. Submits these plans to Director of Ship Management and/or the Vice President Operations for finalization and presentation to Owner.

3. Coordinates with Captain and First Officer to ensure proper cargo and mission related logistics. Makes final judgment regarding mechanical issues in coordination with Chief Engineer.

4. Maintains assigned vessels in a condition which provides the highest probability of success in activation and subsequent operation / deployment in support of cargo commitments.

5. Reviews, approves and processes material and spares requisitions submitted by the vessels. Generates and processes additional requisitions for goods and services to support outside industrial assistance and repairs. Co-ordinates with the Captains and the Chief Engineers to manage vessel repairs, maintenance and requisitioning for spares, goods, and services. Monitors and assists in expediting of delivery of spares / consumables to the vessel(s).

6. Manages repair contractors, regulatory inspection / approval activities, crewing, storing of the vessel, and determine whether the vessel is ready for sea trials. Monitors and reports on sea-trials, and makes needed arrangements to correct any deficiencies which are covered.

7. Reviews and approves vendor invoices for billing accuracy. Works with Invoice Processing Group to ensure Purchase Orders are received and filed with proper budget code. Coordinates with vessel Chief Engineer and Chief Mate to ensure goods and services are received in accordance with Purchase Order requirements

8. Attends assigned vessels to evaluate and observe overall condition and performance. When the vessel (s) are in a laid-up status, conducts monthly walkover inspections.
9. Generates all specifications for outside industrial activities including voyage repairs, regulatory inspections / surveys, dry dockings and attendance by technicians, upgrades, alterations and outside Marine support. This includes but is not limited to:

10. Maintains and Update M&R Software program regarding creating, approving, filing requisitions. Adding new spare parts and components to the data base. Reviewing and adding and editing planned maintenance activities.

11. Oversees repairs to equipment such as diesel engines, boilers, steam driven turbine engines, heat exchangers, fire control and communication systems, electric power systems, or piping and related fittings and valves.

12. Coordinates proper lay-up of critical equipment and systems.

13. Prepares reports, which describe inspection procedures and findings. Keeps records of engineering performance and costs for vessels. Submits reports as required.

14. Maintains close contact with customer representatives for all program daily operations as well as special requests. Ensures that all program mandated equipment alterations, and system improvements are incorporated to the greatest extent possible into Owner’s assets.

15. Maintains records of all annual, bi-annual, midterms, etc. inspections and surveys required by classification societies and government agencies. Insures that all vessels have proper certificates on board and assists in the timely arrangement of vessel surveys.

16. Assures that USCG certification items and other regulatory body items are completed. Interfaces with local regulatory bodies to implement compliance with customer and government regulations.

17. Assures that ship security services are properly provided.

18. Performs annual performance evaluations for senior ship personnel.

Directly supervises consultant port engineers and outside contractors. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; evaluating performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Bachelor's degree (B.S.) in Marine Engineering from a certified maritime academy or four-year college or university; three years of documented Port Engineer experience for large tonnage ocean-going vessels; and five years seagoing experience as a Chief Engineer or First Assistant

Engineer, or a minimum of five years of ship repair experience with progressive responsibilities; or equivalent combination of education and experience.