Position Description

Deck Officer
Company - Location Seaspan Ferries Corporation - Delta, BC
Employment Duration Union Hourly
Posting # 3420
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Deck Officer

Deck Officer – Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC)

Seaspan Ferries operates a “drop trailer” service eliminating the costs associated with tractors and drivers accompanying trailers during transit to and from Vancouver Island. Between our terminals, using our fleet of vessels, Seaspan Ferries provides daily scheduled sailings to deliver trailers and containers for trucking and distribution customers. Seaspan Ferries operates four roll on/roll off, self propelled vessels, and three articulated tug and barge (ATB) units. 

At SFC, our team works hard to meet the needs of our customers, operating with dedicated personnel, committed to continuous improvement in safety, security and customer service. We are seeking a Deck Officer to join our team of professionals. As a Deck Officer, you have a safety mindset and are knowledgeable and experienced in vessel operations. Please note, this is a unionized position. Candidates must be willing to apply for membership with Canadian Merchant Service Guild Western Branch.

Duties and Accountabilities

  • Assists master in safe operation of the vessel and maintaining crew performance, training & teamwork.
  • Fully comprehends and follows the company safety management system and ensures on board compliance.
  • Successfully maintains a proper bridge navigation watch.
  • Supervises cargo operations and leads crew as required.
  • Approves orders for any deck, vessel stores or galley equipment before submitting to the office.
  • Ensures routine maintenance of all on board safety and deck equipment.
  • Conducts regular safety inspections, safety meetings, emergency drills and identifies potential hazards.
  • Stays on top of maintaining charts, publications and log books.
  • Conducts initial incident investigations for incidents, near misses, environmental and reported hazard identifications.
  • Acts as the First Aid Officer and is responsible for maintaining valid First Aid certificate.
  • Maintains efficient operations and seeks out opportunities for improvement for safe and efficent operations.
  • Supervises crew work hours, work/hours of rest logs and overall efficient use of company resources.

Qualification Requirements

  • Minimum Chief Mate or Chief Mate Near Coastal certification.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience as deck officer.

Experience, Knowledge and Skills

  • Committed to a safety mentality; knowledgeable of emergency equipment and diligently able to respond in emergency situations.
  • A phenomenal teammate who is solution oriented!
  • Good working understanding of ISM/SMS.
  • Detailed knowledge of applicable Transport Canada and Classification Societies requirements.
  • Thorough knowledge of Canadian legislation, including the Canada Shipping Act (CSA) and its regulations, such as the Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea (COLREGS).
  • Understanding of responsibilities under the Canada Labour Code (CLC) Part II and Maritime Occupational Health and Safety (MOHS) Regulations.
  • Outstanding leadership skills with an ability to effectively delegate work and maintain a collaborative team spirit.
  • Ability to make decisions under pressure.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and consistently with a variety of individuals in various departments.
  • Proficient in using laptops, tablets and MS Office software.

If you are looking to join a fast-growing organization, operating some of our state-of-art vessels within close proximity to Metro Vancouver and Vancouer Island, apply now!


Seaspan is committed to Employment Equity, supports diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including, women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and persons with disabilities. Furthermore, we are committed to providing an inclusive and accessible environment. If you require reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process, please let us know, and we will work with you to support your request.

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