RIVER - 1st Officer

First Officer




  • Safe navigation in compliance with all statutory regulations
  • To make sure that the guests feel comfortable
  • To be a role model for the entire crew
  • Deputy of the Captain




  • Overall responsibility for safety on board the ship
  • Compliance with the guidelines, instructions (nautical manual) and laws
  • Co-responsible for the impeccable cleanliness, hygiene and order on board
  • Testing, operation and control of all safety devices (fire extinguishers, hoses, etc.)
  • Planning and execution of the safety exercises
  • Managing and controlling the watch book (Night Watch)
  • Train new employees and explain their function within the safety role


Additional duties

  • Train employees. Ensure Viking’s grooming standards are followed at all times
  • Train new skippers, train and provide a patent to the 2nd Officer
  • Conduct frequently scheduled ship inspections
  • Participation in meetings and company relevant trainings
  • Good contact with the authorities, WSP, ports, etc.
  • Assignment and control of shipping work in the nautical field
  • Manage sundeck according to safety needs and guests' expectations
  • Regular checks of mooring lines’ and wires’ condition on a weekly basis
  • Ensure crew is wearing personal protective equipment - life jacket, safety shoes, safety helmet


  • Compliance with timetables and lock times to avoid incidents
  • Cost-conscious use of all energy resources (gas oil, lubricants, etc.)
  • Ensure a professional, safe ship operation




  • At least 2 years of work experience as a 2nd Officer
  • Interested in further education (eg. certificate extension, language skills)
  • Independent and flexible
  • Decisive and assertive
  • Strong team worker and able to motivate the crew
  • Shows ambition and initiative; perseverant


Depending in which geographical area you are eligible to sail you need to fulfill the following obligatory requirements:

- Rhine license km 1’000 – 500 (Amsterdam – Mainz)
- Radar
- Safety Expert (Sachkunde)
- Languages: German and English (mandatory), Dutch and French are an asset


- Danube license km 1’640 – 2’370 (Regensburg – Budapest)
- Radar
- Safety Expert (Sachkunde)
- Languages: German and English (mandatory), Russian is an asset


- Longeur illimitée
- Radar
- Safety Expert (expert)
- Languages: French and English (mandatory), German is an asset



Job description – Contract – Company Rules and Regulations –
Onboard ABC Nautical – Uniform Regulation – Manual

Superiors: Director Nautical / Corporate Captain / Captain

Skipper gives instructions to: Ship's crew (2nd Officer with patent, Engineer, Sailor, Trainee)


Co-operation with:

  • Captain
  • Engineer
  • Hotel Manager
  • Programm Director

Represented by 2nd Officer with a patent when the ship is at the port
Onboard ABC Nautic – Uniform Regulation – Manual

“As for conditions — in terms of contracts, special benefits and vacations during the season — Viking is far above average within the industry.”

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