Vessel Manager
Seaspan Ship Management Ltd.
Vancouver, BC

About $75,000 - $100,000 a year


Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW) is the world’s largest financial lessor in the containership leasing space with a $8bn+ balance sheet. Seaspan provides many of the world’s major shipping lines with alternatives to vessel ownership by offering long-term leases on large, modern containerships combined with industry leading ship management services. Seaspan’s 100+ vessel fleet has evolved from 2,500 TEU ships to its recently delivered 14,000 TEU vessels. Seaspan oversees and manages every aspect of the process from ship to shore. A conservative, strategic approach allows for measured and consistent growth, while a strong set of values govern the integrity of its everyday decisions. As the largest independent charter owner and manager of containerships, Seaspan is a truly global operation, employing over 4,500 people at its offices in Hong Kong, Canada, India, the United States, China and Korea, as well as on board its fleet of vessels.

The Vessel Manager is responsible for the safe, reliable and economical operation of assigned vessels. The position applies knowledge of engineering, HR-management, shipping-industry regulations, commercial and legal considerations, and guides sea-staff onboard assigned vessels. The Vessel Manager also takes initiative to continuously improve the performance of assigned ships and strengthens the teamwork between ship and office. This is a standing posting for a Vessel Manager for future vacancies in our Vancouver office.

Job Responsibilities:
To be familiar with the Health, Safety, Environmental Protection and Quality Policy (PL-005), and understands the responsibilities under the Environmental Management System (EMS). In keeping with this and other compliance policies, they understand their duty to report any environmental noncompliance and/or concern to their manager or members either of the senior management team (including the highest level of management) directly or through the open reporting system as per Management System guidelines
Guides, advises, and monitor vessel operations; also assists crew performing vessel maintenance
Researches technical information related to equipment breakdowns, malfunctions, improvements, upgrades or modifications for the reliable long-term performance of the vessels
Prepares for scheduled dry dockings, surveys and repairs on assigned ships, and arranges and manages supply of spares, stores, and services to vessels before scheduled maintenance and breakdown repairs
Manages vessels in full compliance with local and international rules and regulations; and with Seaspan’s Safety Management System (SMS)Analyses ships’ performance and relays this information to the onboard master and chief engineer; ensures compliance with current charter-party terms of employment and other commercial concerns
Ensures compliance with all necessary operational certification and survey requirements applicable to assigned vessels
Visits vessels port; may sail with Seaspan ships to reasonably ascertain that they are operated in a safe, reliable and economical way
Monitors function and performance during ship visits and initiates effective problem solving of on-board issues, including technical, quality-assurance, health and safety, commercial or personnel issues
Takes ownership of on-board issues and follows them through to resolution
Prepares budgets in the required detail for the yearly operation of assigned ships, scheduled dry dockings, surveys, repairs and ad-hoc modifications and repairs within required timelines
Monitors expenses of assigned vessels and submits monthly variance reporting and tracks against budget
Ensures that all reporting employees adhere to company policies and procedures
Communicates expectations to direct reports; manages performance and provides leadership and support to team members
Demonstrates commitment to Seaspan’s Maritime Resource Management values
Performs other duties as required

Must have at least one year of experience as a technical superintendent in a company managing handy-max sized (or larger) vessels engaged in international trading and must have a minimum of one full year in rank as a chief engineer or have completed three contracts as a chief engineer with Seaspan
English language skills, both verbal and written, must be effective and suitable for a multi-cultural working environment
Strong technical knowledge
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel)
Class 1 Marine Engineer Certificate either valid or last renewed within the previous five years
Degree in marine engineering or equivalent

Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience working with container ships
Education in mechanical engineering or naval architecture
Previous experience with new-builds and dry-dockings preferred

Job Demands and/or Physical Requirements:
Regular international travel is required and may be on short notice
Must have mobility to conduct vessel inspections
Will be required to carry a mobile device and check regularly outside of office hours
Must maintain a home internet connection for work outside of office hour
Please note this is a standing posting for our Vancouver office, so interviews will be scheduled when actively filling this position.