There are certain
differences in Companies’ manning policies, so some shipowners prefer to have
El. Engineer on board while others have succumbed to STCW 2010 recommendations
and recruit ETOs for their vessels.
responsibilities of the Electrical Engineer remain the same. This officer
provides maintenance to the electric components of the Engine Room; is in
change of the main and emergency switchboards of the vessel and controls all
electronic systems onboard.
El. Engineer also
ensures that Lifeboat, Emergency and other batteries are fitted and are in
perfect working condition. Refrigeration unit and air conditioning are within
his/her competence as well. Same goes to assistance during maneuvers and
mooring as Electrical Engineer has to ensure the faultless operation of electrical parts within propulsion unit or
For the dry bulk
fleet, the salary rates vary from USD 2
500 - USD 3 400 on General cargo vessels to USD 4700 - USD 5000 on Bulk Carriers and USD 5 100 - USD 5 500 on Container Ships or Reefers (USD 5000).
There are quite good
salaries on tanker vessels, as you might expect. Oil Product Tanker job will
guarantee USD 5 200 - USD 5 600 per
month; working on Chemical tanker El. Engineer may expect around USD 5 800; and LPG/LNG carriers provide
a salary of USD 6 500 - 7 300 per
Offshore fleet offers
a wide variety of career and salary opportunities from USD 2200 - 3800 on a Tug boat or a Standby Vessel to USD 5900 - 6 200 on DSV, Offshore
Construction or Pipe Layers.