Boatswain

Open: May 30, 2019 -- Close: June 13, 2019

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Position Description

The Boatswain is a civil service mariner (CIVMAR) employed by the Navy to serve the Military Sealift Command (MSC) onboard naval auxiliaries and hybrid-manned warships worldwide, in peace and war.  MSC exists to support the joint warfighter across the full spectrum of military operations.  MSC provides on-time logistics, strategic sealift, as well as specialized missions anywhere in the world, in contested or uncontested environments.

As a senior unlicensed deck person, responsible for the proper maintenance and operation of deck department areas and the safety and cleanliness of all deck work areas and stowage spaces while ensuring the safety of subordinates, and performs docking, undocking, and anchoring duties. All duties assigned are with due regard to local, Federal and Command environmental/pollution regulations. Serves as a team leader assisting department supervisors in training, directing and supervision of deck department personnel.  A Boatswain (Day) reports to the First Officer; assists with SAMM (Ship Automated Maintenance Management) system requirements; provides input for M & R projects for the master voyage repair list (VRL); and maintains a running inventory of ongoing work projects. A Boatswain (UNREP) reports to the Cargo Officer following the First Officer. Oversees the care, upkeep, and proper rigging of all UNREP equipment; the safe launch/recovery of all boats; the safe and efficient, loading, offloading, stowage of all deck supplies and/or cargo, including dry stores, petroleum products, and ammunition; and all operations involving personnel working aloft or over the side. Maintains running inventory and daily work logs of UNREP related supplies, tools, equipment, maintenance, and repairs.  

As a team leader, musters department personnel and assigns work as directed by the First Officer. He supervises daily activity of deck department day workers. Refers grievances and potential disciplinary issues to immediate supervisor. Assists deck department supervisors in the training, directing and supervision of other deck department shipboard personnel who are less experienced in the fundamentals of their work. Responsible for proper supervision of deck specialty personnel (i.e. fire marshal/paint locker custodian, etc.).

Responsible for the safety of crewmembers. Ensures that crewmembers wear protective clothing and use protective equipment when performing hazardous work and are properly dressed for the job at hand, including proper protection from the weather elements. Provides training to deck department personnel in their daily work duties, and for their emergency station assignments. Responsible for immediately reporting any accidents, injuries, safety hazards, etc., to immediate supervisor. Ensures that all deck personnel are familiar with COMSC policy concerning pollution.

Responsible for the operation and safety of deck department equipment, ensuring that no faulty equipment is used. At the end of each daily assignment, ensures all hands conduct proper clean up and ascertains that tools and equipment have been properly stowed and secured for sea. Responsible for the safety and cleanliness of all deck work areas and stowage spaces.

Performs docking, undocking, and anchoring duties as assigned by the First Officer. Assists in directing operations at these workstations via the Officer in Charge, ensuring a safe and efficient work environment.  Assists in training newly assigned personnel in docking/undocking and anchoring procedures. Prior to departing port, ensures that all deck spaces and weather deck equipment and/or cargo have been inspected and properly secured for getting underway.

Assists the First Officer with the deck department’s monthly SAMM (Ship Automated Maintenance Management) system requirements. Provides input for M & R projects for the master voyage repair (VRL) list.  Ensures requisitions for required material are passed to the First Officer in a timely manner.  Maintains a running inventory of ongoing work projects, including allocated and utilized overtime money.  Everything in this Position Description is considered to be an essential function of this position. Performs all other duties as assigned.