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Bideford and Ilfracombe North Devon - Not live onboard
May 24, 2022


Officer of the watch (unlimited)


This is a permanent position assisting the Captain in managing the ship throughout the year, in all aspects of the ships operation, including, but not restricted to: All sailing activities and passenger safety and comfort, Safety management, Maintenance, Crewing etc. This is not a live in position so you will need to located within commuting distance of Bideford and Ilfracombe, North Devon.


The summer (BST) scheduled sailing season normally comprises the following schedule to include weekends and bank holidays, (dependent on when BST starts and ends):

  • Two sailings in March
  • Three sailings per week during April, May and June
  • Up to four sailings per week during July and August
  • Three sailings per week during September and October
  • Private charters and River cruises to meet customer demand

The winter sailing schedule is subject to demand from the Island and normally comprises of one sailing per month from Nov – March.
The First Officers position is based on a five day week.


The company’s winter helicopter service runs twice weekly from November – March and can also be utilised on days where bad weather restricts summer sailings. Ships crew are trained to act as Helicopter ground crew. 


  • In charge of the co-ordination of cargo deliveries to and from the ship in co-operation with island staff, the stowing and lashing of cargo, the safe transport of cargo and its safe delivery onto the island jetty.
  • The loading of cargo within the ship’s stability parameters, as detailed in the Stability Book.
  • Cargo record keeping in the ship’s log, daily cargo manifest reports to the island on sailing days as soon as possible after loading.
  • The safety and training of crew assisting with cargo loading with special reference to the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen.
  • The training and certification of selected crew in operation the crane and the adherence to safe working practices as detailed in the Code of safe working practices for Merchant seamen.
  • The day to day implementation of the Safety Management System (e.g. the filling in of daily pre sailing check lists, risk assessments, non conformities, record keeping, crew training)
  • The running of the general daily jobs of the crew and the support of the Information Officer in the allocation of duties to the bar, buffet and shop staff.
  • Record keeping of all Officers and crew days worked, and to plan the optimum number of crew in accordance with efficiency and statutory obligations.
  • The regular correction and record keeping (SMS) of all publications and charts on board.
  • The maintenance of the deck log.
  • The operation of the ship’s radio telephone and DCS equipment in accordance with his GMDSS radio certificate, and in times of distress working.
  • The training of new crew members in basic safety and duties to passengers in the event of an emergency.
  • The keeping of a navigational Watch as officer in charge.
  • Relief Captain when carrying 12 passengers or less.
  • Pilot exemption holder for Bideford and Ilfracombe.

Language Requirements

Good knowledge of the English language is required.

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