Engineer Surveyor (Naval Architecture) British Virgin Islands



Virgin Islands Shipping Registry British Virgin Islands

Engineer Surveyor (Naval Architecture)

The Virgin Islands shipping Registry (VISR) a member of the British Red Ensign Group of Registries is currently seeking qualified persons to fill the above post in their Tortola, British Virgin Islands head office. The duties can involve substantial travel to various parts of the world.

The benefit package offered includes housing and telephone allowances, 30 days annual leave, and a 20% tax free gratuity payment on successfully completion of the contract. The employment contract is initially for a period of two (2) years.

The applicants for this post must hold a degree (B. Eng., or B.Sc.) in Naval Architecture and have gained professional status as Chartered Engineer through a professional body such as RINA, plus a minimum of five (5) years post qualification experience as a ship surveyor with a national maritime Administration or a major Classification Society.

Starting salary is $90,000 per annum commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications.

Interested persons should contact the VISR for a full job profile and forward by e-mail, their self made applications including a detailed resume, copies of qualifications and two references to:-

Director Virgin Islands Shipping Registry RG. HODGE PLAZA Wickhams Cay I Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands Tel: (+1284 468-9646





The job entails 40% of time working in an office environment in an enclosed office with comfortable seating, and 60% of time working in the field on survey related jobs visiting ships, dockyards, shore side and offshore terminals, locally and abroad. There is a substantial travel component involved when undertaking surveys abroad which may include air, sea or land transportation and in certain cases helicopter flights.




  1. To maintain a high level of technical knowledge of S & I activity
  2. Assist the Chief Marine Surveyor in the enforcement of merchant shipping legislation and standards onboard the VISR registered vessels;
  3. Undertake statutory surveys on ships for flagging-in, renewal of certificates, annual and occasional;
  4. Undertake plan approvals on new ships and flagging-in ships; ship security plans under ISPS Code; issue of exemption and Manuals under MARPOL.
  5. Undertake ISM Audits on board ships and of shipping companies;
  6. Carry out investigations in to maritime accidents, casualties and deaths; assist Marine Police in accident investigation.
  7. Undertake Maritime Security Audits and MLC 2006 inspection on board the BVI vessels;
  8. Undertake responsibilities as ISO 9001 lead person, prepare office for ISO audit, conduct internal audits, review and update QMS.
  9. Contribute to the preparation of III code audit in regard to Flag state, Port state and coastal state.
  10. Conduct musters and drills on passenger vessels and ferries;
  11. Conduct stability tests and approval of stability documents for small ferries and yachts.
  12. Administer the STCW 1995 certification system for issuing flag State Endorsements to seafarers serving on board the VISR registered vessels;
  13. Conduct Port State Control Inspection on foreign vessels calling in the VI ports;
  14. Maintain good working relationships with and be point of contact for communications with shipping companies.
  15. Provide advice to Chief Marine Surveyor, Governmental and Non- Governmental Organizations and the industry on matters relating to safety and pollution prevention and control;
  16. Assist inpreparation of draft maritime legislation; revise any policies adopted and keep the Quality manual up to date.
  17. Act as a customer service manager, lead surveyor, and issue of certification, provide advice to the public and colleagues, audit training providers, investigate complaints under MLC, and approval of stability information including small commercial vessels.
  18. Contribute to response in respect of parliamentary correspondence including Cabinet Papers
  19. Act as the Chief Marine Surveyor in his absence;
  20. Undertake any other related duties which may be assigned from time to time by the Chief Surveyor or the Director.