Tug Engineer

Job Responsibilities

Reporting to the Port Manager and the Tug Master onboard the vessel, you will be part of a three-person crew and will be responsible for operating and maintaining engines, deck machinery, and other equipment aboard.


  • Ensure that all machinery (deck and engine) is maintained to operational standards at all times

  • Maintenance and repair of marine plant and equipment, including emergency maintenance work and to take responsibility for ensuring that the class approved Planned Maintenance System is carried out onboard.

  • Preparation of maintenance and operational reports as required

  • Reporting operational defects to the Master and local management in a timely manner

  • Compliance with policies and procedures authorised by Svitzer and consistent with statutory obligations including quality assurance and ISM procedures

  • Participation in safety, skills and competency training relevant to duties and employment, including the training of other crew members

  • Assisting other crew members on deck as agreed

  • Undertaking duty at dockings, including monitoring and supervising other personnel as necessary and appropriate

  • Monitoring and review of relevant work health and safety standards and procedures and reporting as appropriate

  • Participation in operational improvement exercises and liaise with local management regarding improvement of operational procedures

  • Ensuring day to day compliance with relevant environmental regulations


To be successful in this position, you will be able to demonstrate:


  • A minimum Engineer Class 3 Near Coastal Certificate of Competency or higher. Holders of only the minimum certification will also possess:

    • A relevant trade certification; or

    • Have previous documented sea-service of at least 364 days in charge of a vessel with multiple propulsion machinery with at least one propulsion engine power of >1,500KW.

  • Current statements of attainment in Provide First Aid (HLTAID011) validity) and Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (HLTAID009)

  • A current AMSA Medical applicable to your Certificate of Competency

  • A valid MSIC or ‘Job Ready’ MSIC Application (or proof of ability to obtain)

  • Prior towage experience would be highly advantageous

  • The ability to work as part of a team and build excellent working relationships with external customers

  • Ability to work under pressure, particularly in emergency situations

  • Attention to detail and ability to effectively prioritise tasks

  • Excellent communication skills in both verbal and written

  • Good problem-solving and fault-finding skills

  • The right to live and work in Australia

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