martin's marine engineering page logo Workers at Groupe Ocean's Ille aux Coudres near Quebec City, pull the propeller shaft of the 4000hp tug William J Moore. Picture by Martin Leduc, March 2009

Welcome to the Job Page

Helping you make way in the Marine Engineering field.

" A company that doesn't look after its own engineers, will look after someone else's "
- paraphrase of a Napoleon's saying

The first job as cadet, or newly licensed officer, has, is, and always has been, a real challenge for all of us. Don't lose hope, I have been there and so have many others. In todays "my own little universe", we sometimes forget where we came from, we all had to crawl before we could walk, and run - that's a simple fact, no matter how people make you feel.

Right now, there is worldwide shortage of licensed marine engineers, it is real, and this has made finding meaningful employment relatively easier than it use to be 10 years ago. "Relatively easier" is the key concept in that statement. It is still quite challenging to get your resume on the right desk, and get those people to take you seriously, that's why this web page - to help.

 

Let us first explore what it is to be a marine engineer

It is safe to say, employers today, do not want to entrust millions of dollars worth of machinery and cargo, to someone that is unproven. Even as today's engineering officers are quickly moving on to retirement, you can still expect competition for positions - worldwide. However, in my number of years working in the marine industry, I have yet to figure out what it is exactly that recruiters are looking for.

 

Marketing yourself

From my observations, recruiters are typically pressed for time, juggling numerous tasks at once like "putting out fires" and don't spend a great deal of time assessing how you might actually fit into a company. More than half the vessels I joined where to fill the position at the very last minute. I have observed that there is a high reluctance to "try something new", many recruiters would prefer "devil you know", rather than try a new recruit. So with this general overview, I suggest you consider the following when preparing your "sale pitch"...

There are already lots of qualities that you have, or will demonstrate just to be an licensed engineer. The qualities below are the ones which will make you unique - a more attractable mate, if you will - to a company. As marine school leaver, qualities such as know how with computer networks, sense of humour, good grades in the cadetship, deck side certificates, etc. are all pluses in my book.

Once you caught the eye of a recruiter. I suggest you . . .

 

Your introductory package

I get many resumes through this site, and some "pet peeve" of mine, and probably most recruiters, include disorganized, difficult files to open - weird formats, insanely large file size, or just too many files.

When your are satisfied that your resume is ready for the position you are applying for, "print it" as a PDF file, (you can use a free PDF file maker like PrimoPDF), then scan and attach only your pertinent information to it. The end product should be a single .pdf document that contains...

Once you have this single "introduction" PDF file created, preferably under 5 megabytes in size, name it with a relevant title, which will allow it to be identify easily, such as "Resume of Martin Leduc - Cdn Marine Engineer". Even a small thing like a file name shows organization and is practical for the receiver, which makes your resume pleasant to view, instead of a chore.

About Adobe Portable File format, or PDF; this format "freezes" the desired look for your documents as if you were printing it on a piece of real paper. It is a worldwide accessible and accepted way to present electronic documents, and therefore easily transferable by email. There is free software that can let you easily convert your data files into PDF. I have good experience with PrimoPDF, but there are many other programs that can do the job. Once installed on your computer, the program acts like a printer and produces a digital file instead of a paper one, please use PDF format. Use your single PDF file to introduce yourself by email, or upload to a company's website.

Once you have caught the interest of the recruiter, you can then follow up your initial intro .pdf document, with the supporting information .pdf file containing such things as scans of...

Religion or marital status of you or your parents, your kids age and names, military service, etc., are not really relevant information that you need to include in an application / resume to a company, or its recruiter. Eye colour, weight, shoe size, vaccinations status, etc., are also not really great ways to make a first impression, and this type of information is already in your government issued documents. If additional information is required by the recruiter, it can be supplied in a follow up email.

If you feel you should include a picture of yourself, consider using a professional photographer. Your driver license, passport, other ID type pictures are typically not the most flattering, and may not make the best first impression. Your expressions carries a great deal of information or mis-information and are therefor not normally recommend to attach to a resume. Jobs on yacht are typically the exception to this rule.

Keep your resume to the bare essentials for the recruiter. They want to know, do you have the necessary qualifications and are they valid, what is your background and skills to fill their position. All other information is just a distractions to their objectives.

Another small detail to keep in mind; simple, accurate contact information is critical. My legal name is quite long and consist of three first names and one last name - but I am typically known as Martin, so I put Martin Leduc on my resume, and not all of my names. Keep it simple.

Email is the best way to make a connection, so make sure you have an appropriate email address. "Cute" email addresses are fine between friends, but consider changing your "captcru[email protected]" or "[email protected]" email moniker when applying for a position aboard - I'm sure you get the idea.

Never forget, a resume, and your pertinent documents, are living documents, they live, change and die with age, so make sure you are always updating and reviewing to keep the most current information available. If your medical is not valid, you cannot sail !

You might want to consider having your resume "live" on a professional social network. I have my resume / intro package on my desktop that I send to prospective employers directly by email, but I also have an online version on this website, and a professional profile on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is more for office types, but increasingly, it has become a great place to connect with shipmates and recruiters alike. Having your own LinkedIn provides a constant and enhanced way of promoting yourself, and be reachable, no matter where you are.

 

Find the right job

So what to do ? How do I find my dream job ?
First of all, there is no dream job, until you dream; then temper that with reality.

A great deal has changed since I first started this area of the web site back in 1999, the notoriously cautious marine industry has since adopted the internet like never before. Ship owners realized that they could forgo the cost of a crew recruiting agency by using their company website, with a simple link to their recruitment contact information - one of the few benefits of owner frugality, that has benefited crew.

I have seen a fundamental shift in the way recruiters work, now harnessing the power of the internet in a big way, this has allowed them to cast a wider net, hopefully "catching you". In today's world, look out in the harbour, the nearest ship's recruiter is available by simply doing a search of the company name, sometimes the website URL is right on the ship's side. Once on their website, look for the "work for us", "human resources" or "career" area. Using the company's website "contact us" feature has yielded at least two jobs for me; even way back when the internet was just gaining popularity.

This "internet revolution" has resulted in this area of my website diminishing in importance, which I am truly happy for, because it means positive progress for us as seafarers. It also means less maintenance for me and will probably put this area of the site "out of business".

Many reports state that the best and most successful way of finding a job is through other people - networking. Letting people know you are looking for work is the best place to start. To do that, talk to people in the industry, especially family, friends, former coworkers and people within professional associations. Use social media like LinkedIn account and its groups to network, you can even search out a peer to guide you. You can still "walk the docks" but with the ISPS code in force, this is restricted to smaller vessels like yachts and tugs.

Contacting people on a "live and direct" basis, such as email and phone, is better, but takes some courage. Sending unsolicited resumes by mail, filling out online applications are statistically the least likely to succeed. Having said that, I did get a couple of my better positions doing just that, filing out a company's online form, so you never know. Do yourself a favour, don't annoy a crewing department by bombarding them with many emails and the same resumes. If they are reputable firm, they should answer you, sending them ten resumes in the space of two days, is probably not going to enhance your chances with them anymore.

 

Fees to finding a berth, and other scams

Mr. Douglas B. Stevenson, Director, Center for Seafarers' Rights of the The Seamen's Church Institute of New York & New Jersey, sends these comments, which all professional seafarers should be aware of. He writes, in response to a comment I had made about my experience with some US based recruiters, and their stated habits of charging a fee, "initial", "filing" or back end fee, deducted off a pay check for their services, connecting a seafarer to a ship...

"I suspect that some US recruiting agencies are either not familiar with the law or are ignoring it. United States law prohibits charging fees to seafarers for placing them in jobs on ships in international and intercoastal voyages, 46 U.S.C. 10314 (b), as well as on ships in coastwise voyages, 46 U.S.C. 10505 (b). It is also illegal for an employer to deduct the illegally charged placement fees from seafarers’ wages, 46 U.S.C. 10314 (a)(1)(C) and 46 U.S.C 10505 (a)(1)(C).
Charging seafarers placement fees is prohibited in most maritime nations, in the International Labour Organization’s Recruitment and Placement of Seafarers Convention, 1996 (ILO-179) and in the new International Labour Organization’s Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (which is expected to enter into force in 2011 or 2012).
I would advise seafarers to avoid a placement agency that attempt to charge them a placement fee because it is a good indicator that the agency is operating illegally and in a manner that is not in the seafarers’ best interests.
If you or your readers have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the Center for Seafarers’ Rights."

I am sure this is some insight that is appreciated by us all. Never lose your common sense while using any of the links found on this page or other website. If you have had positive or negative experiences with any outfits, let us know, we'll pass it on here.

There are many scams, they snare the willing but inexperienced, cadets, and seasoned seafarers alike. I am sure the sophistication of the scams will increase, but in the mean time be aware, telltale signs are...

You can look on The Common Rail, identified scams are posted there to make others aware.

 

The land holds more perils for the seaman than the sea. 

 

Got your resume and your information ready ? Then try the links below.

The original purpose of this list of links, below, were to make connecting with serious employers, quick and easy - potential employers with genuine interest in hearing from engineer. Please read carefully the requirements of a position, many companies fail to provide enough information to us seafarers, which is very frustrating. This is not your fault, but use common sense, if a ferry operator is hiring for a position deep inside Norway, there is a good chance that to apply, you need to be a Norwegian national, or have the right to work there. The job posting should be clear about what the requirements are, and I find it very frustrating when recruiters don't mark this down in the offer, or give us feedback as seafarers.

As mentioned above, pretty much all shipping companies have a Human Resource link on their website, so I maintain these links grouping them more towards to specific markets or regional interest. Most companies allow you to upload a resume, this is where your .pdf introductory package is very handy, take advantage of it.

 
" There is really something strangely cheering to the spirits in the meeting of a ship at sea. "
-Benjamin Franklin


Canadian shipping / operators

Generally, these links to the hiring departments are for Canadian citizen, or those able to work in the Canada. If you are unsure of your status, chances are you are not able to apply for these advertised positions. Please read the site's information carefully to prevent your time being wasted.

Company

Based in

Types

Ships

Notes

BC Ferries Victoria Ferry 40+
Canadian Coast Guard Victoria Gov. ~20
Secunda Marine Halifax Various
Public Service Commision of Canada Ottawa Gov.
Teekay Vancouver Tankers
Algoma Central Lakes Bulkers
Atlantic Towing Ltd Maritimes Various
Marine Atlantic Maritimes Ferry
Group Ocean Quebec Tugs    
Canship Ugland St John's NF Tankers and support 8 Offshore oil project in Atlantic Canada
Seaspan - Washington Marine Group Vancouver Tugs 40+ Shipyards, coastal and deep sea operations
Cape Harrison St John's NF Seismic & Tugs 5  
Nadro Marine Service Ontario Tug & Barge 6  
Groupe Desgagnes Quebec Tankers, General 15 Rigel Shipping is now part of Desgagnes
Quebec Government Promo site Quebec Various   Marine jobs promoted by the Quebec Gov
Seaspan Ship Management Vancouver Box Ships 50+ mostly shore side positions
         
"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great."
- John D. Rockefeller

 

Canadian seafarer recruiting agencies

Company

Based in

Types

Notes

Page Marine Crews Vancouver Various principally hotel side now

C Mar

PEI Oil & Gas
ORSI NS / NF Oil & Gas Adrian Coady
Puglisevich Group St John's NF Oil & Gas  
Orange Recruitment Oakville Ont. various new in 2009
Norcon Marine NF NL coastal  
       

US shipping companies

Generally these links to the hiring department are for US citizen holding US Coast Guard license, or those able to work in the US. If you are unsure of your status, chances are you are not able to apply for these advertised positions. Please read the sites information carefully to prevent your time being wasted.

Company

Based in

Types

Ships

Notes

Foss Maritime Seattle, USA Tugs 90+  
Crowley Florida Various    
Edison Chouest Offshore USA AHTS  
Otto Candies USA AHT&S
Donjon Marine Mew York City Salvage-tugs  
Harvey Gulf Louisianna AHTS Tugs 15  
Seacor & Seacor Marine Florida Oil & Gas 250+  
Special Expedition Marine Seattle Cruise  
Woods Hole Oceanography Institute USA Research  
Alaska Marine Highway Alaska Ferry  
NOAA USA Research Gov. must be US citizen
Washington State Ferry USA Ferry US's largest ferry fleet
Ocean Shipholding Houston Tankers    
         

US Crewing agencies

US recruiting generally involves USCG licenses and permission to work in the United States. Beware of fees and such as mentioned above in the Scam Section - all fees to employees are illegal.

Company

Based in

Types

Sea Time Florida Licensed US ships
Northstar Marine Texas Licensed US ships and others
Maritime Employment Texas Licensed US ships and others
Maritime Headhunter Washington Specialized
Alaris California Specialize recruiting
Gold - M International Services Washington oil industry placement
     

Job list websites - seagoing, shoreside trades, technical and management

Links to various organizations whose primary product is not necessarily recruiting seafarers, but may have postings for seafarer within their portfolios.

Website / Company

Specialty

Notes

RigZone Oil and Gas all positions
Spinnakers Shore Jobs
Intership Engineering
Eastern Shipbuilders Shipyard US gulf area
Connecticut Maritime Association
Oil Careers Oil and gas
MatchTech Shore jobs Marine technical and shorebased
MaritimeJobs.com USA news and jobs
Marine Recruitment UK / WWW need to register
Marine Tech Magazine   USA Various position
Maritimecareer.com Dutch Shore and seagoing
Mogonline.net Oil and gas From the UK
Career Jet Canada's Edition WWW Marine trades and shore jobs
Clic & Sea, UK France Shore and seagoing
Singapore's Maritime Careers Singapore Shore and seaside job postings
Maritime Job Search USA  
Atlas Services Group Dutch Shoreside and O&G crew
Expat Engineer Australia ww, energy and general engineering
Tradesmen International US  
Shipping Connections UK
Hydrosub UK offshore oil crewing
Human Resource Center   Norway offshore / onshore
Oceanic Resource International UK / Middle East varied
Web Crewing UK (?) seagoing mostly
Crew Planet Latvia seagoing mostly
     

" I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world. "
- Thomas A. Edison

 

Job list websites - seagoing only

These are electronic / web boards that list available candidates and or available positions, primarily for seagoing roles.

Website / Company

Specialty

Notes

The Common Rail Canada www.dieselduck.net's very own networking place
Seajobhunt.com India India based rating positions advertised
Maritime Connector Croatia for Croatian seafarers
SeafarerJobs.com India Seagoing for big management companies
Crew 4 Sea Eastern Europe pay to play
Remigium Sweden ww
Sea Factor Russia for Ukrainians sailors
Polar Crewing Russia
Marine Staff South Africa Various
South Star Ukraine
La Touline France
shipout.ca Canada Canadian positions aboard
Nedcon Romania All sea related manpower
jobatsea.org Ukraine  
7 Oceans Poland  
Planet Mariner India  
Ainostri Romania  
Marinari Romania  
MarinariOnline Romania  
     

Maritime talent recruiters (executive) seagoing and shoreside

Head hunter specializing in finding marine related talent for ship operators and owners.

Company

Based

Notes

Fast Stream UK Shore and seagoing
Hays UK  
Earth Stream UK Shoreside and O&G
Atlantic Resourcing UK  
Viking Recruitment UK Holland America crewing
Clyde Marine UK  cadets as speciality
CP Marine UK UK Offshore O&G
Farnham Marine Agency UK Offshore O&G for Seahorse Marine
Genesis Marine & Offshore UK Aberdeen based, WW, O&G
Sirius Ship Management Italy  
IMCA Norway NYK / Crystal Cruise Lines
Maritime Resource Management Malaysia
Haque & Sons Bangladesh  
Ocean Wide Netherlands
Transport & Offshore Services Netherlands
Seamariner UK Various
Jebsens Group Manila Phillipines based crewing
Expo Universe India various UAE jobs
Nuwave Personnel London Various
Utsira  Norway Fishing vessels
Marityne UK shipyard and management
Freemac Marine England offshore, onshore in the "drilling industry"
Auto Dynamic Positioning Services (ADPS) UK offshore oil and gas
Ajax Crewing Ukraine General agency
TeamWork Gdynia Poland crewing Poles on about 100 ships of various types
MSI Singapore  
Flagman Ukraine Repairs, riding crews, general crewing
Orca Marine UK Cable ships (Global Marine)
Programmed / Total Marine Services Australia  
Flagship Management USA mainly shore technical
ETPM UK Subsea O&G some marine
Halcyon Recruitment UK Mostly shoreside
Humber Ship Services UK Offshore O&G
Deepwater Recruitment UK Offshore O&G
     

International ship management companies

These links are to ship management companies, who are hired by ship owners to the be a ship's (or fleet) operators. InterManager is the trade organization for ship management companies; they have further links to additional management companies.

Company

Base

Notes

Bernhard Schulte Ship Management Germany 650 ships under mngt
Anglo Eastern Hong Kong various ship types
V-Ships VManpower Monaco 900 ships under mngt
Wilhelmsen Ship Management Norway
Pacific Ship Management India
Lowland International Netherlands
Euro Ship UK
Intership Nav Cyprus
Management Facilities Group Netherlands Various types
Go Offshore Australia Offshore O&G
Dohle Isle of Man ship managers
Northern Marine Scotland Stena ship managing unit
Columbia Ship Management Cyprus
Fleet Management Hong Kong Eastern crewing
OSM   Norway Ship Manager (various types)
Marlow Navigation Cyprus Eastern European, Asia
Wallem Group Hong Kong Asia base, Norwegian
LSC Shipmanagement Latvia  
Sea Contractors Belgium general with dredging a speciality
Bibby Ship Management UK bulkers and others
Reederei Nord Cyprus 51 vessels, various
Ahlers Belgium  
Meridian UK RoPax, bulkers
ASP Australia Various
     

Notable international companies

As mentioned above, most shipping companies provide links to their Crewing / Human Resource department, the links below are of some notable ship owners / operators recruiting from their websites. 

Company

Based in

Ship Types / Sector

Ships

Notes

Mearsk / A P Moller, try here too

Denmark

Various

many

 
Alpha Ships German Container 16
Hapag Lloyd Group Germany Container 140
CMA CGM   France Container 100  
Carisbrooke Shipping UK Feeders / bulk 60  
Peter Döhle (IOM) Germany Various Cargo many Principally eastern Europe, Asian
Wallenius Sweden Car Cariers 135  

Teekay

Canada

Tankers

many

 
FSM France Tankers 28
Jo Tankers Norway Tankers 20
Norgas Russia Tankers 15  
Bergesen Norway Tankers 45
Eastern Mediterranean   Greece Bulkers & tankers 33  Greek Phillipino officers
Norden Denmark Bulkers & tankers 182  

Gearbulk

Norway

Bulkers

   
Hornblower USA Cruise Small ship

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

USA

Cruise

30

 

Disney Cruise Line

USA

Cruise

4

 

Carnival Corp

USA

Cruise

50

 
Carnival UK UK Cruise   P&O, Cunard, etc
International Shipping Partners (ISP) Florida Cruise 17  
Celebrity Cruise Line Miami Cruise 11  
Apollo Group Miami Cruise 7 Regent and Oceania
Allseas Swiss Subsea Pipelay 6
Jumbo Ships Netherlands Heavy Lift
Bluewater Netherlands FPSO 8  
Seabird Exploration Cyprus Seismic 7  
Tideway Netherland Dredges 12  
Royal Boskalis Netherland Dredges 300 ww
Subsea 7 Oil & Gas 40 Specialized construction
Rieber Shipping Norway Oil & Gas, Seismic 18 Specialized vessels

Tidewater Marine

USA

Oil & Gas

600 +

 
Swire Pacific Offshore Singapore Oil & Gas
Trans Ocean USA Oil & Gas
Maersk Contractor Denmark Oil & Gas 30+ Maersk offshore oil arm
Bourbon Offshore France Oil & Gas ~ 400  
DOF Norway Oil & Gas 72  
Gulfmark Offshore Houston Oil & Gas 94  
Floatel Bermuda Oil & Gas 3  
GO Offshore Australia Oil & Gas 17  
Atlantic Offshore Norway Oil & Gas 18  
ITC Towage Netherlands Tugs 10  
Fairmount Towing Netherland Tugs 6  
Vroon BV Netherlands Various 150  
ER Schiffhart Germany Various 110 mostly box ships
International Maritime Services Australia Deliveries - HS, yacht, etc
Red Wise Netherlands Deliveries - various
         

Yacht Crewing

Links below are to agencies that manage, and / or crew private, and charter yachts. Remember, it is illegal to charge fees to seafarers to find a position aboard.

Dovaston Crew Spain / France Palma de Mallorca & Antibes
Camper & Nicholsons Monaco
Yacht Crew Register Canada
Crew Network Florida
Peter Insull Crew Agency France
Elite Crew International Florida
Crew Unlimited USA / NZ
Crew Finders USA / Med
Palm Beach Crew USA
Just for engineers UK
Stabbert Maritime  USA Yachts and research vessels
Wilson Halligan UK  
Blue Water Management France / Spain  
Yacht Force Germany  
Viscount Maritime UK  

Other work sourcing resources

Links to other online resources that may offer insight or help in targeting a specific company / or particular market.

Company

Origin

Notes

atsea.org USA Fishing fishing jobs (processors ships) in Alaska
Companies in Norway Norway Addresses
Captains Booty USA Addresses of US offshore operators
Seattle Maritime Academy USA Addresses (Seattle Area)
Worldwide ship owners Greece Addresses
Lake Carrier Association USA Addresses
Marine contractors UK Addresses WW
Cdn Ferry Operators Association Canada Addresses of ferries operators
M I Link Asia Information Exchange for the Marine Industry in Asia
Working Offshore Russia Informative, similar to this page, but more focus on O&G
  
In charge of the eight to twelve watch.

It's nearly twelve, and the Chief is not down,
For he left the watch to me;
To drive a ship of eight-thousand tons,
Over sixty miles of sea.

I hold the reins of ten-thousand horse
In yonder expansion gear,
And in my reach the expansion link,
The whip of the engineer.

I feel the pride such power begets,
Such pride is felt by Gods;
As massive cranks are swinging by
Reciprocating rods.

A king and I -for in my grip
Ten-thousant horsepower drives;
I hold the cargo, and the ship,
And twice one-hundred lives.

The thoughts that riot within my brain
Are absolutely thrilling.
Until I think that my work per hour
Is valued at one shilling.

- Fourth Engineer
Workhorses in Australian Waters; A History of Marine Engineering in Australia,
Michael P. Richards, Turton & Armstrong, 1987, ISBN 0 908031 32 7, p. 68.


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