Looking to progress up the ranks, the Second Officer (sometimes called a Second Mate) serves as an understudy to the yacht’s Chief Officer. Their tasks and responsibilities largely revolve around helping with the implementation of a maintenance plan, general deck operations and assisting with administrative duties when required.
In order to progress, the Second Officer must continually familiarise themselves with the operations and systems in use across the entire ship, along with improving key technical skills such as route planning and boat handling.
- Assist with the implementation of all deck operations and maintenance
- Assist with the administration of the ship and crew
- Gain experience with all ship operations and systems
- Undertake bridge watch whilst at sea
- Manage and delegate tasks amongst the Deck crew
- Necessary qualifications required
- Boat handling
- Advanced knowledge of maritime law
- Advanced knowledge and experience of all deck operations and maintenance
- Advanced knowledge of onboard health and safety procedures
- Bridge management skills
- Personnel management skills
- Leadership skills
- Delegation and communication skills
- Detailed understanding of engineering operations, with the ability to diagnose and fix problems being beneficial
How much does a Second Officer earn?
Salaries for a Second Officer typically begin at 4000 EUR a month, depending on experience.
A Second Officer onboard most yachts will require a Chief Mate 3000GT. The largest yachts in the world will likely require a commercial Chief Officer Unlimited or Officer of the Watch gained through service in the merchant fleet. Other yachts may require the following:
- OOW 500GT/ Master 200GT
- Yachtmaster Ocean
- Yachtmaster Offshore
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