The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

Second Officer (Shipboard)

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
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2nd Officer
November 1, 2023

Second Officer (Shipboard)

Department: Nautical

Employment Type: Fixed Term Contract

Reporting To: Safety Officer


The Second Officer is the Deck Watch Officer assigned to one of three (3) shift patterns. While on watch the Second Officer carries the authority of the Master as his / her representative and is responsible for the safe operation of the entire yacht, including navigation, stability, weather monitoring, mooring arrangements, gangway control, tendering, watersports, technical and safety system operation, propulsion, discharges and ship to shore transfers. In carrying out his / her duties the Second Officer ensures strict compliance with Environmental, Safety, Public Health and Security standards. While on watch, the Second Officer maintains close communication and interaction with the Engine Watch and security personnel and is responsible for initiating emergency response actions when necessary. Promotes that all Gold Standards and Brand Culture are embraced by the team at all times, particularly when assisting guests and Ladies and Gentlemen.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the Lady or Gentleman for this job. Functions, duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. All duties and responsibilities are to be performed in accordance with the Company's Safety, Quality and Environmental standards.

Essential Duties

  1. Responsibility to keep a safe bridge watch while at sea and in port. Ensures the highest professional standards of navigation, safety, security, public health and environmental compliance are adhered to at all times and appropriate efforts are made to ensure the comfort of our guests and Ladies and Gentlemen
  2.  In charge of the watch, the Second Officer is responsible for ensuring nautical operations are conducted to the highest standards of Environmental, Safety, Public Health and Security compliance. Organizes work tasks for personnel under his/her watch and is responsible for ensuring safe working practices are maintained
  3.  Maintains close communication and co-operation with the Engine watch to obtain and a safe, comfortable and economical sailing. In emergency situations, the Second Officer is responsible for initiating first response actions and maintaining the integrity of the navigational watch
  4. Promoting fiscal responsibility, the Second Officer initiates requisitions of nautical supplies, spare parts and consumables to ensure critical charts, publications and equipment are always at hand while maintaining close control of operational budgets
  5. Assists the Chief Officer to ensure tendering and watersports are carried out in strict accordance with company, national and international standards
  6. Responsible to the Safety Officer in ensuring ‘Self-Audits’ of Bridge Operations are regularly conducted, the bridge is kept clean and tidy, and bridge equipment is maintained to the highest standards
  7. During off-watch hours the Second Officer will conduct voyage planning and assist the Safety Officer / Chief Officer with lifesaving and safety maintenance, training, and tank inspections
  8. Responsible for the below Deck Department Responsibilities as defined in the Company’s Safety Management System; Stability, Navigation planning and execution, Charts and publications, Bridge watchkeeping, Mooring Stations, Tender operations, and Communications
  9. Supports newbuild operations to include work in the shipyard as appropriate


  1. Model and hold others accountable for promoting the Gold Standards, respect and fair treatment
  2. Ensures the Daily execution of Line-up in accordance with company standards and Brand Guidelines
  3. Sets the department’s expectations for desired behavior, knowledge and skill levels
  4. Coaches others by providing constructive feedback; helps others identify developmental needs and monitors progress; promoting an environment where everyone is valued and included
  5. Demonstrates alignment with corporate strategies and initiatives while ensuring alignment throughout the yacht organization


  1. Valid Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and flag certification for the duration of the contract and appropriate to position
  2. Chief Officer’s License
  3. Three (3) years’ experience as a Senior Deck Watchkeeping Officer on a cruise vessel
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The Lady or Gentleman must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • All Yacht Ladies and Gentlemen must be physically able to participate in emergency lifesaving procedures and drills. Full use and range of arms and legs as well as full visual, verbal and hearing abilities are required to receive and give instructions in the event of an emergency including the lowering of lifeboats. Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • All Yacht Ladies and Gentlemen must be able to communicate in the English language in order to understand and interpret written procedures. This includes the ability to give and receive instructions in written and verbal forms and to effectively present information and respond to questions from guests, supervisors and co-workers.

STCW Certificates

You will need valid STCW certificates to apply for this position. Find an STCW course near you.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we set the standard for rare and special luxury service throughout the world.

The Ritz-Carlton has taken the legendary service to sea with The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and seeks experienced luxury cruise hospitality professionals to become one of our Ladies and Gentlemen.

Designed to combine the luxury lifestyle of The Ritz-Carlton® and the casual freedom of a yachting vacation, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will offer voyages on the first of three custom-built yachts in 2020. Calling on unique and distinguished destinations alike, most voyages range from seven to ten nights, offering many overnight calls and uniquely curated experiences ashore. Each yacht will feature 149 suites, each with its own private terrace, and accommodate up to 298 guests in a relaxed, casually elegant atmosphere. As with The Ritz-Carlton® on land, each yacht will feature personalized service, elevated dining and luxury amenities.

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