Second Officer

Though our ships may stay in port for months, they need looking after. The Deck team maintains a healthy ship to enable our our crew to bring hope and healing!


Marine Deck



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About this Role

The Second Officer maintains the on board documents and equipment necessary for the ship to safely conduct an ocean voyage, and reports to the Chief Officer as a leader in the Deck department.

This position may qualify for a family cabin. If you have school-age children, learn more about Mercy Ships Academy.

What You Will Contribute

• Maintain the ship’s portfolio of charts, both paper and electronic

• Ensure the ship is provided with the most current Notices to Mariners for the provided portfolio of charts and publications

• Plan the passages between ports in accordance with the approved Company itinerary as directed by the Master

• Supervise the maintenance of all navigational and associated equipment

• Assist the Chief Officer with material handling, supervision of Deck maintenance work, training of the ship’s personnel, and other projects as required

• Emergency duties as assigned according to the posted Muster Lists

• In Port: As Duty Deck Officer, represent the Master in all matters of ship’s business

For This Role, You Will Need

• Understand and apply servant leadership, work collaboratively with integrity and demonstrate accountability

• Ability to live in and contribute to community life, requiring stable and healthy interpersonal skills

• Certificate of Proficiency according to STCW II/1, with no ARPA or ECDIS limitations from a country holding bilateral agreements with our flag-state, Malta. A list of those countries can be found in the maritime section of our FAQs, to view those, Click Here.

• Certificate of Competency according to STCW IV/2 – GMDSS Operator

• Certificate of Proficiency in accordance with STCW V/2-1 Crowd Management

• Certificate of Proficiency according to STCW VI/6-2 – Seafarers With Designated Security Duties

• Competent in Windows, and general file/folder management tasks

• Ability to work with Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word software

• Ability to effectively understand and communicate in clear English

Full job description available upon request.

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