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Under the general supervision of the Principal Boat Operator (PBO)/Master, serves as deck officer of a coastal research vessel. The Senior Boat Operator (SBO) stands underway navigation watches at sea and is charged with operating the vessel in accordance with the Company Safety Management System (SMS). The SBO may assist in cruise planning and preparation, and actively participates in facilitating the science mission at sea. Outside of watches, the SBO may perform general maintenance and cleaning duties and may assist with deck/scientific operations, including small boat operations.
In port, the SBO stands gangway/security watches as necessary and performs general maintenance and cleaning; participates in drills and training sessions; assists Master with medical first aid and maintenance of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. During a general emergency or in the absence of the Master, the SBO issues appropriate orders to the crew and science party. In emergency situations, performs assigned duties listed on the ship's Station Bill, any additional duties deemed necessary, and executes all lawful orders of the Master. The SBO ensures compliance with University, State and federal rules regulations and policies.
Basic ability to stand operational watch underway and in port.
Basic knowledgeable of seamanship. Including, but not limited to: knots, splices, line-handling, canvas work, general shipboard maintenance and care, preparation/preservation of steel surfaces, operation of deck equipment, etc.
Basic knowledge of proper use of navigation, radio equipment. Knowledge of ship-to-ship radio communication protocols; ability to communicate effectively with other vessels by radio and to operate ship/shore radio within prescribed FCC Rules.
Demonstrated ability to handle small boats under oars and/or outboard motor. Proficient at the deployment, recovery, and operation of small boats.
Knowledge of piloting and navigation techniques. Knowledge of and experience with standard navigation and shiphandling techniques (celestial, electronic, dead reckoning, plotting, engine and rudder commands, etc.).
Basic knowledge of standard safety and emergency procedures.
Proven verbal and written command of the English language. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Strong understanding of maintenance and preservation of steel vessels, appropriate shipboard deck equipment and machinery.
Thorough knowledge of principles of ship handling, including accurate ship station keeping and frequent instrument package recovery.
Thorough knowledge of and familiarity with federal regulations relevant to maritime operations (33 CFR, 46 CFR, COLREGS) and international regulations (SOLAS Convention and all relevant Annexes: MARPOL, ISM Code, ISPS Code, etc.).
Proven ability to establish a good work rapport and courteous professional relationship with diverse groups of people.
Proficient computer skills with ability to operate a variety of standard office PCs, and work efficiently with office software applications to include spreadsheets, word processing, email and common navigation and ship management software.
Basic math skills that include the ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide, perform percentage calculations, fractions, decimals with or without a calculator or computer.
Good problem solving and decision making skills with the ability to quickly analyze and efficiently take charge of the overall response to complex, critical and/or emergency situations (e.g. concerning the safety of the ship and well-being of passengers).
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