Sea-Watch is looking for a Chief Engineer


Sea-Watch e.V. is a non-profit initiative dedicated to the civil sea rescue of refugees. In view of the humanitarian disaster in the central Mediterranean Sea-Watch provides emergency aid, demands and at the same time forces the rescue by the responsible European institutions and publicly stands up for legal escape routes. We are politically and religiously independent and are financed exclusively by donations.


For our vessel SEA-WATCH 3 we are looking for a Chief Engineer to join our mission as of now.

Your responsibility:

  • Responsibility for the safe operation and maintenance of all engine plants, along with all mechanical and electrical equipment inside and outside the engine room, as per the Planned Maintenance System (PMS)
  • Responsibility for the supervision of the engine room staff
  • Responsibility for respecting and implementing all international regulations, and ensuring that all engine room documents remain up-to-date, including the engine room logbook
  • Responsibility for maintaining good communication between the engine department, the master, and the shore manager
  • Responsibility for communicating the technical needs and requirements, for the effective operation of the ship
  • Responsibility for organising necessary orders, such as spare parts, fuel oil, lube oil, water – as well as preparing and overseeing bunker operations

You should bring the following skills:

  • Valid Certificate of Competence as Chief Engineer Officer on ships powered by main propulsion machinery between 750kW and 3000kW (STCW A-III/3, German license OR endorsement for the German flag)
  • Expert technical / troubleshooting experience
  • Basic electric engineering knowledge
  • Good English language skills
  • Microsoft excel/word skills
  • Good team leading skills. Communicative leadership is desired
  • Ability to work with volunteers without sea experience
  • Physical fitness and mental resilience

Desired skills:

  • Experience working with pre-automation equipment and with Caterpillar motors
  • Experience in maintaining/repairing hydraulic systems
  • Advanced electrical engineering knowledge
  • Experience with Electric Arc Welding (Manual and MAG)

We offer different models:

For long time assignments we offer:

  • Salary: 3.080 €/month (employee gross)
  • 2 months on/off rotation (2 months on board, 2 months leave – monthy salary will be paid as mentioned above)


For short term assignments (limited to one rescue operation) we also offer the following option as well as our on/off leave concept – you will choose upfront to your assignment:

  • Salary: 5806€/ month (employee gross)
  • Leave according to the Maritime Labor Act (2,5 days/per month)

Your assignments:

  • Maintaining a safe watch for the engine plant and equipment at sea and in port in accordance with STCW Code – Chapter VIII
  • Supervising and assigning work and responsibilities for all engine staff
  • Setting up engine room watches at sea and in port
  • Issuing clear Standing Instructions to engine room personnel for watch keeping, bunkering, and emergency procedures
  • Implementing safe working practice and shipboard environmental policy in the engine room
  • Before entry and departure port, test all engine controls, with records of tests being entered in the engine room logbook
  • Adhere strictly to the bunker procedure, record completion of bunkering checklist in the Engine Room Logbook
  • Ensure that there are no illegal discharges of oil, garbage, sewage from the engine room in contravention of the MARPOL Convention
  • Ensure that the Oil Record Book is properly maintained as per the instructions contained therein
  • Ensure that the Oily Water Separator (OWS) is regularly tested
  • Ensure that required spares are ordered in time
  • Maintain Engine Room Logbooks
  • Ensure that machinery which is not in regular use is periodically tested and maintained
  • Discuss with the Master daily and report any deficiencies immediately. Advises her/him before each arrival on priorities of work which have to be carried out in port
  • Maintain records of fuel/water/lube oil/sludge level
  • Provide a written handover report at the end of each voyage, covering general performance of the engine room and equipment, any problems and any recommendations for replacement, maintenance, additional equipment, are shared with the technical and ship manager
  • Foresee, organise and enact the adequate work requests for the coming shipyard or technical stops, in close collaboration and communication with the technical and ship managers, to ensure the proper maintenance of the ship and compliance with regulations

We look forward to receiving your application!

Please send your application with letter of motivation (especially why you want to work for Sea-Watch instead of a regular shipping company) and a CV (listening all your relevant certificates including their validity) without photo to:

Applications (letter of motivation and CV) please in ONE pdf-document.

We are committed to an inclusive society without racism and with freedom of movement for all. In case of equal qualification, we favour applications from women*, LGBTQI*, BIPoC, people with disabilities, people with migration experience and people from other groups underrepresented in the maritime and NGO world. Should you feel addressed here, we invite you to provide relevant information on this in your application. Please refrain from providing application photos and any information on age and marital status.