Introduction

The local vessel trade covers a wide spectrum of services. Apart from the ferries which we usually have more opportunities to take, there are various types of vessels operating in the waters of Hong Kong, providing a host of services. The local vessel trade is essential.

The deck department is mainly responsible for ensuring safe navigation of vessels, safe handling and maintaining cargo on the vessels in good condition.

Coxswain/Assistant Coxswain

Duties

Responsible for navigation of the vessel and management of the vessel and crew members

Entry Requirements

Take ferries as an example, a coxswain of local ferries must possess the Local Coxswain Grade 1 Certificate and certificates in relation to personal survival, first aid at sea, fire prevention and fire fighting, and radar and radio equipment, etc. Holders of Local Coxswain Grade 2 or Grade 3 Certificate may serve as an assistant coxswain on board local ferries, or serve as a coxswain on board some ferries with smaller size.

Entry Route

To become a coxswain of local ferries, one must first complete recognised maritime courses and training, and receive in-service training. Upon acquiring sufficient sea time, one may apply for the examination for a Local Coxswain Grade 3 Certificate. Having accumulated more sea time, one may sit for examinations to acquire Grade 2 and Grade 1 certificates progressively. After acquiring the Grade 1 certificate, the person is eligible to serve as a coxswain.

Career Path - Coxswain, Local Vessels

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Sailor

Duties

Responsible for handling moorings when vessels berth at piers, cleansing work on board vessels, rendering assistance to passengers when they embark on/disembark from vessels, etc.

Entry Requirements

Able to swim, and priority will be given to persons who have relevant working experience on board vessels

Career Path – General Ratings, Local Vessels

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The engineering department is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all machinery and electrical appliances on board, as well as ensuring that the vessel has sufficient fuel reserves.

Chief Engineer

Duties

To manage engine operation and maintenance of machinery on board the vessel, etc.

Entry Requirements

Holder of Engine Operator Grade 3 or Grade 2 Certificate

Entry Route

To become a chief engineer of the engineering department of local vessels, one must first complete recognised training and in-service training. Upon acquiring sufficient sea-going experience, one may apply for the examination for an Engine Operator Grade 3 Certificate. Having accumulated more sea time, one may sit for examinations to acquire Grade 2 and Grade 1 certificates progressively. After acquiring the Grade 1 certificate, the person is eligible to serve as a chief engineer

Career Path - Engine Operator, Local Vessels

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Second Engineer

Duties

Responsible for assisting in engine operation and maintenance of machinery on board the vessel, etc.

Entry Requirements

To have knowledge of or interest in the operation of machines. Consideration will also be given to persons without relevant working experience

Career Path - Engine Operator, Local Vessels

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Pier Inspector and Pier Assistant

Duties

Responsible for managing pier operation, deploying ferries, rendering assistance to passengers in ticket matters, managing passenger flow and answering enquiries

Entry requirements

Priority will be given to persons who have working experience in customer services or have received customer service training; be courteous and have a sense of responsibility; with good communication skills

Mooring Assistant

Duties

Responsible for work such as handling moorings at piers

Entry requirements

Able to swim, and priority will be given to persons who have relevant working experience on board vessels