The beating heart of the ship, the Engine Department handles all propeller machinery, and production and distribution of electric, water, and steam power. The department maintains the efficiency of all technical devices that ensure that a Costa Cruise is a lasting memory for our Guests. The Department consists of highly professional and specialized individuals, and is subdivided into mechanical, electrical, and air conditioning. Each subdivision is in turn divided into units, for which the various Engine Officers are responsible. At the head of the Engine Department’s organization is the Chief Engineer, who manages and oversees the Staff Engineer, Hotel Engineer, the 1st Engineer, and various Engine Officers. These figures are supported by 2nd, 3rd, and Cadet Officers as well as ordinary seaman, who work directly on the various machines, keep them efficient, and maintain a safe, calm, and efficient working environment.

Organization chart and jobs descriptions

The Chief Engineer is in charge of the entire Engine Department and all its technical services, which are indispensable complements to the ship’s other services. He or she is a mature individual with many years of experience and extensive technical knowledge. He or she ensures that all staff is technically trained and that all machinery is in perfect working order. The Chief Engineer manages and delegates responsibilities to the various Engine Officers in order to maintain the most complete efficiency of all equipment, with an emphasis on fixed and mobile fire-fighting apparatus. The Chief Engineer is responsible for the implementation of safety and anti-pollution policies prepared by the Company and Port Authorities. He or she reports directly to the Captain, and ensures that all staff in the Engine Department operates in accordance with the procedures and instructions relating to safety and environmental protection.

The Staff Engineer is a person with extensive onboard experience. He or she reports to the Chief Engineer. The Staff Engineer ensures the efficiency and maintenance of all main and auxiliary machinery, inside and outside the Engine Room, as well as hotel machinery. He or she also coordinates the repair of pipes and metal carpentry. He or she organizes activities according to the Chief Engineer’s instructions. The Staff Engineer is in charge of all Engine personnel, their training and management, including that of Officers. He or she is expressly delegated by the Captain to be responsible for accident prevention and personnel’s safety within the Engine Department. The Staff Captain collaborates with the Safety Officer to maintain the efficiency of all systems and safety equipment on the ship (rescue, fire, etc .). He or she prepares, in conjunction with the Safety Officer, the emergency drills, in particular those relating to firefighting, paying particular attention to the safety standards in the Engine Room.

The Hotel Engineer is a First Engine Officer with extensive experience in various technical departments of the ship. He or she is responsible, as delegated by the Chief Engineer, for hydraulic and air conditioning equipment and systems as well as all machinery that is outside of the Engine Area, such as hoists and windlasses, small cranes, lifeboat lowering cranes, incinerators, and waste disposal equipment. The Hotel Engineer is responsible for the technical plumbing system, the proper functioning of the pool and hot tub equipment, and all machinery present in the ship’s bars and kitchens, from espresso coffee machines to dishwashers to ovens to mixers, and all other machinery and equipment needed to provide our Guests with impeccable service. In order to do this, the Hotel Engineer arranges maintenance and repairs of all machinery, equipment, and systems associated with the ship’s various services in order to maintain their proper operation. The Hotel Engineer manages and trains the staff that works within his or her division, including coppersmiths and refrigeration.

The 1st Engineer is a First Engine Officer with extensive experience in the management and maintenance of internal combustion engines. He or she is delegated by the Chief Engineer to maintain the efficiency and maintenance of Propulsion Diesel Engines, Diesel Generators in the Engine Room and the ancillary equipment within the division. The 1st Engineer must also ensure the perfect efficiency of propulsion and maneuvering apparatus on lifeboats and of the Emergency Diesel Generator. He or she manages maintenance work and trains Motorman and other staff dependent on him or her, particularly regarding safety in the workplace. The 1st Engineer acts as the Staff Engineer’s right hand and supports and monitors the work taking place in the Engine Room.

The 1st Engineer on Watch is a First Engine Officer with extensive experience managing the Watch in the Engine Room and Propulsion Control Room. He or she is directly and legally responsible for the Watch being covered. The 1st Engineer on Watch is delegated by the Chief Engineer to be responsible for the efficiency and maintenance of main and auxiliary machinery in the Engine Room. He or she is also responsible for training the staff dependent on him or her regarding safety in the workplace.

The 2nd Engineer on Watch is a Second Engine Officer with experience managing the Watch in the Engine Room and Propulsion Control Room. He or she is directly and legally responsible for the Watch being covered. The 2nd Engineer on Watch is delegated by the Chief Engineer to be responsible for the efficiency and maintenance of main and auxiliary machinery in the Engine Room. He or she is also responsible for training staff dependent on him or her regarding safety in the workplace.

The 3rd Engineer on Watch is an Engine Officer who assists in keeping the Watch, and supports his Chief Watchman in the maintenance of main and auxiliary machinery in the Engine Room. He or she assists the person responsible for instruction of dependent personnel, intervening when necessary, particularly with regard to safety in the Engine Room. The 3rd Engineer on Watch acts as the Chief Watchman’s eyes as they carry out work in the Engine Room. They are in direct contact with machinery and in the case of deficiencies, real or suspected, he or she must immediately inform the Chief Watchman, providing, if necessary, immediate corrective action.

The Cadet Engineer is a Junior Officer with purely theoretical and scholastic notions. He or she is an apprentice who has to learn and engage in becoming a good officer. He or she assists and supports the Chief Watch Officer in all activities. The Cadet Officer must learn to understand and manage all the machinery and equipment on the ship and learn all those operations to be performed during arrival and departure maneuvers. He or she carries out Watch duties in the Engine Room and Control Room during navigation and in port with an eye toward career advancement. The Cadet Engineer follows his or her supervisor, a 3rd Engineer, and the Chief Watchman in order to learn about the monitoring and maintenance of machinery in the Engine Room. He or she fills in the Engine Record Book and other documents relating to the technical department, carrying out all secretarial work under to the instruction of the Chief Engineer.

The 1st Electrician Officer is an Officer with extensive experience in the field of electrical and electronic equipment. He or she has a remarkable ability to manage human resources. He or she manages all technical and electrical parts of the ship, follows their maintenance, and tests and operates all electrical and electronic equipment on board. The 1st Electrician Officer manages the staff dependent on him or her, planning work as needed. He or she reports to the Chief Engineer regarding the proper functioning of all onboard electrical equipment, working with the other Officers and with other Departments. The 1st Electrician Officer guides and trains staff regarding safety in the workplace, under the supervision of the Staff Engineer.

The Electronics Officer is a person with great experience in the field of electronics. He or she provides services regarding inspection, maintenance, and repair of electronic and computer systems and equipment, under the leadership of 1st Electrician Officer.

The Cadet Electronics Officer is a person with some experience, supported by theoretical and scholastic notions. He or she provides services regarding the inspection, maintenance, and repair of installations and electronic equipment under the close guidance of the Electronics Officer and the 1st Electrician Officer in order to deepen his or her knowledge in the field of electronics and information technology, with an eye towards career advancement.

The Electrician Officer is a 2nd or 3rd Officer with great experience in the field. He or she assists the Chief Electrician in the management of work in the electrical field and, as needed, and monitors and assists Electricians in carrying out their work.

The Electrician is a person with moderate experience in the electrical field. He or she provides services regarding inspection, maintenance, and repair of installations and electrical equipment under the supervision of the 1st Electrician Officer and Electrician Officer.

The Assistant Electrician is a person with moderate experience in the electrical field. He or she is mainly engaged in small daily electrical maintenance in the cabins and public areas. He or she provides services regarding inspection, maintenance, and repair of electrical equipment and assists the Electricians under the supervision of the Electrician Officer.

The Assistant Reefer is a person with moderate experience in the field of refrigeration. He or she follows performance monitoring, maintenance, and repair of refrigeration and air-conditioning systems, under the guidance of the Reefer Engineer.

The Plumber is a person with extensive experience in the field of maintenance and repair of hydraulic systems in general, in particular with water distribution circuits, with treatment and disposal of sewage and wastewater, and with systems for swimming pools and hot tubs. He or she reports to the Hotel Engineer. The Plumber has experience in workshops, as well as in the maintenance and repair of the nonelectrical components of equipment located kitchens or in bars found in large hotels, such as dishwashers, mixers, pasta cookers, ovens, etc. The Plumber must be skilled in the management of spare parts.

The Assistant Plumber is a person with moderate experience in the plumbing field. He or she, under the supervision of the Plumber, follows the maintenance and monitoring of water plants and hotel machinery that are not the responsibility of refrigeration technicians or electricians. In particular, the Assistant Plumber intervenes, as necessary, to solve the problems that may arise in systems of water distribution and vacuum sewage disposal in the cabins.

The Fitter/Mechanic is a person with great experience and dexterity related to engine work. He or she provides monitoring, maintenance, and repair of the mechanical parts of any equipment on the vessel, including pipes, as required by the Staff Engineer.
The Assistant Mechanic is an experienced person and has great dexterity related to engine work. He or she assists and supports the Fitter / Mechanic in monitoring, maintenance, and repair of mechanical parts of any equipment on the vessel, including pipes, as required by the Staff Engineer.
The Engine Storekeeper must have strong knowledge of computer programs for warehouse management. He or she, independently or in collaboration with an assistant and the various Officers, organizes the inventory of spare parts for various machines and the materials in the Engine store. The Engine Storekeeper collaborates with the Chief Engineer regarding the preparation of requests for supplies and the unloading of materials. Independently or in collaboration with the Assistant Engine Storekeeper or with the Foreman, the Engine Storekeeper prepares materials to be landed and monitors the embarkation of supplies for the Engine Department.
The Assistant Engine Storekeeper must have knowledge of computer programs for warehouse management. He or she assists the Engine Storekeeper and various officers in the organization of the inventory of spare parts for different machinery and materials in the Engine store. The Assistant Engine Storekeeper collaborates with the Engine Storekeeper and with the Foreman in the preparation of materials to be landed and supplies to be embarked for the Engine Department.
The Foreman is a Chief Service Officer. He or she is a person with extensive experience in the Engine Room and high capability in the management of human resources. The Foreman is responsible for the cleanliness of the premises of the Technical Department. He or she manages the Engine Ratings who deal with cleaning and painting of various areas. The Foreman follows and is in charge of bunkering, supplying of oil for the various machines, embarking and disembarking of spare parts and equipment, depending on department needs. The Foreman takes care of small routine maintenance, assisted by his subordinates, and pays particular attention to safety in the workplace.
The Turner/Welder is a highly specialized person who provides his or her services in all interventions that require the use of machines for metal working and in all maintenance and repairs that require a certain delicacy and precision, upon the Staff Engineer’s orders. The Turner/Welder is considered the head of the workshop, and it is his or her duty to maintain cleanliness, order, and safety in the Engine Workshop.
The Motorman (Daily) is a person with extensive experience in the inspection and maintenance, scheduled and unscheduled, of the engine as a whole. He or she provides services under the direction and supervision of the 1st Engineer.
The Motorman is a person with experience in the inspection and maintenance, scheduled and unscheduled, of the engine as a whole. He or she provides service by assisting the Motorman Daily under the direction and supervision of the 1st Engineer. The Motorman also serves watch under the direction and supervision of the Chief Engine Watch Officer.
The oiler is a person with experience in monitoring of the engine as a whole who also provides watch service under the direction and supervision of the Chief Engine Watch Officer.
The Engine Utility is primarily engaged in the cleaning and painting of various areas and machinery that are in the Engine Room and all those places considered “technical.” He or she is also assigned to the handling of materials and spare parts. The Engine Utility works under the guidance of the Foreman. In cases where Engine Utility is involved in the maintenance of waste treatment plants (mainly incineration), he or she reports directly to the Hotel Engineer. The Engine Utility provides for the monitoring and maintenance of mechanical equipment in relation to the disposal of waste in general. He or she also performs watch service to such systems when necessary.

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