Second Engineer

The Second Engineer Officer is responsible to the C/E for the efficient running and maintenance of all technical equipment except Radio and Navigational Aids. In the absence of the C/E, the 2nd Engineer will deputise for him on all matters.

Communications with the Company

The C/E is to keep the Master advised on all occasions when he wishes to communicate directly with the Company.


The C/E is responsible for the supervision and discipline of all members of his staff and for ensuring that they observe all Company Standing Instructions.

Reports – Officers and Ratings

The C/E is responsible for completing the staff appraisal form for those personnel in his department, and forwarding same to the Company.


The Master’s agreement must be obtained before undertaking any repair work, with eto ship review,
which necessitates immobilizing the vessel’s engines or reducing the standby power (electrical) capacity.

Speed and Fuel Consumption

Strict economy in consumption of bunkers is to be observed where reasonably practicable. The Master, in consultation with the C/E, will decide upon the vessel’s service speed between ports in order to maintain the schedules required by the Owner/ Charterer.


The C/E is to confer with the Chief Officer concerning the quantity of fresh water to be carried and is to exercise strict control over the use of fresh water in the engine room and entire vessel’s consumption. The Chief Officer and C/E must closely liaise on the daily consumption of fresh water. The soundings of fresh water tanks must be entered daily in the Deck Log Book.

Joining and Leaving

The off-signing C/E must prepare the Handover Report (Apex-E.315 – Chief Engineer Handover Checklist) and the Chief Engineer’s Checklist for Relief and discusses them with the on-signing C/E.

All C/E’s are required to complete this form and send a copy to the head office.

This checklist serves as a reminder and must be used when reporting to the relief Chief Engineer. A copy of this report, signed by both Chief Engineer’s must be forwarded to the Company.

The information given in this checklist will assist the relief Chief Engineer during the first period on board. When completing the checklist, the best efforts should be made to inform about potential problems and irregular operations which have been experienced during the service period on board.


The C/E is to be at all times familiar with the condition of the vessel and/or equipment under his control. He is to accompany the Master on inspections of the vessel and is to co-operate fully with other Departments to preserve the efficiency of the vessel.

Engine Room Log Books

The Engine Room Log Book is to be completed in ink by the Duty Engineer. The C/E is to enter all the additional information required by these instructions and sign the Log Book daily.

For UMS operated vessels, the Log Book entries shall be made at noon each day. On occasions where the main engine is not running at these times the C/E is to ensure that, where reasonably practicable, all engine pressures and temperatures are recorded along with the status of all plant, e.g. parts dismantled for repair or inspection etc. The Log Book is to be kept clean and it is essential that only factual information is recorded.

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