This position is not currently open.

Salary: $74,142


The Second Officer (Watch) is the Navigation Officer responsible for the navigational operations, reports, equipment, supplies, maintenance and resources of the ship. The 2/O also provides training to all watch personnel on bridge in safe navigational practices and in the proper use of navigational equipment to include deck alarm systems, fixed fire, smoke, flooding systems, security rounds and systems, and gangway watch procedures. Ensures that all standard navigation day's work is performed by all watches and that operational checklists are maintained. The Second Officer (Cargo) is responsible for the operational readiness of all rig crews, underway replenishment gear, all running and standing gear, and the stowage and condition of the cargo holds on Cargo Vessels. During vertical replenishment (VERTREP), ensures proper methodology of helicopter cargo and personnel transfer is used, that cargo is properly staged and weighed, readied for transfer, color coded and transferred to appropriate destination. In addition the 2/O onboard Ammunition capable vessels is the Retail Ordinance Logistics Management System (ROLMS) Administrator and ensures proper entry for the requisitioning, receiving, and issuing of all conventional type ammunition. On Oilers, the Second Officer will act as Tankerman-PIC (person-in-charge), and be responsible for the loading/discharging of cargo petroleum products. The Second Officer Operations-Officer (OPSO) is the designated position replacing the Military Detachment Officer-in-Charge and is responsible for the scheduling of operational tasking and harbor movements, naval message operational traffic, tactical maneuvering coordination and communication underway, and Helicopter Control Officer (HCO).

Everything in this position description is considered to be an essential function of this position. Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Eligibility Requirements: Must be a United States citizen of at least 18 years of age and possess and maintain:

  1. U.S. Passport with a minimum of seven months of expiration date.
  2. Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and/or Department of Defense (DOD) Common Access Card (CAC) with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining of expiration.
  3. United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC), with a minimum of ten months remaining of expiration date.

Position Specific Requirements:

  1. MMC endorsed as: Any Unlicensed Rating in the Deck Department, or Able Seaman Unlimited.
  2. USCG License endorsed as: Second Mate of Steam or Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons Upon Oceans (or higher), and Radar Observer Unlimited.
  3. STCW Certificate endorsed as: Officer-In-Charge of a Navigation Watch, or Chief Mate, or Master; STCW may not include limitations of validity on vessels operating in the GMDSS system, or aboard ARPA or radar-equipped vessels.
  4. A Federal Communications Commission GMDSS Radio Operator’s License/Certificate.

Although not required for consideration, candidates that hold Tankerman PIC (person in charge)/DL (dangerous liquids), or the appropriate towing credentials as specified in 46 CFR 15.805(a)(5), Towing Officers Assessment Record (TOAR), possess credentials or certificates demonstrating proficiency with unusual and technical shipboard operations systems and programs such as Dynamic Positioning (DP)systems, salvage operations, cable operations, command ship operations, or foreign naval auxiliary operations shall provide that information.

Related MSC, military, and/or commercial experience, etc., will also be part of the rating process.