Svitzer Australia

About Us

Svitzer has provided safety and support at sea since 1833. As a world leading towage operator, our people and vessels stand ready to meet the need for safe and efficient marine solutions in ports and terminals across Australia and Papua New Guinea. Whether working on our vessels or on the land, we are all a part of the Svitzer Australia family and proud of the role we play in keeping global supply chains running smoothly.

We’re seeking applications from local, skilled Tug Engineers to fill various openings in our Port Pirie towage operations

  • 1 x Tug Engineer – Permanent Full-Time (Unrostered)
  • 1 x Tug Engineer – 50% Permanent Part-Time (Unrostered)
  • 1 X Tug Engineer – Casual (Unrostered)

As a full-time employee, you will be required to work a minimum of 182 days per year. For part-time roles, it’s a minimum of 91 days per year, equating to 50% of a full-time employee’s annual workload.

Given the potential need for short-notice relief duties, preference will be given to candidates residing within a two-hour radius of the operation or willing to relocate at their own expense. Accommodation aboard the tug will be provided during on-duty periods if necessary.

What You Can Look Forward To

Port Pirie is located 223 kilometres north of Adelaide at the top of Upper Spencer Gulf and is home to one of the world’s largest smelters in the world, exporting large quantities of zinc concentrates and lead.

What You Will Do

Reporting to the Port Manager and the Tug Master onboard the vessel, you’ll play a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth operation of our vessels. Your duties will include:

  • Maintaining operational standards of all machinery, ensuring peak performance at all times.
  • Conducting maintenance and repair tasks on marine equipment, including emergency interventions, while adhering to prescribed maintenance protocols.
  • Providing detailed maintenance and operational reports to support informed decision-making.
  • Promptly identifying and reporting operational defects to facilitate swift resolutions.
  • Upholding Svitzer’s policies and statutory obligations, prioritizing quality assurance and safety protocols.
  • Engaging in ongoing safety, skills, and competency training, contributing to a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Collaborating with fellow crew members, providing assistance on deck as needed.
  • Monitoring and enforcing work health and safety standards, promoting a culture of safety excellence.
  • Contributing to operational enhancements through proactive participation in improvement initiatives.
  • Ensuring compliance with environmental regulations in day-to-day operations.

What You Will Need To Succeed

To thrive in this role, you will need to demonstrate:

  • A minimum Engineer Class 3 Near Coastal Certificate of Competency or higher, along with certifications in Provide First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • A current AMSA Medical applicable to your Certificate of Competency
  • A valid MSIC or ‘Job Ready’ MSIC Application (or proof of ability to obtain)
  • Previous experience in towage operations will be highly advantageous, showcasing your familiarity with vessel operations and industry best practices
  • Demonstrated alignment with our culture of respect, integrity, safety, and excellence, both in your professional conduct and personal ethos
  • A collaborative spirit, with the ability to work effectively within a team and foster strong relationships with external clients
  • Proven capacity to perform under pressure, particularly during emergency scenarios
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to effectively prioritise tasks
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, enabling clear and concise conveyance of information
  • Proficiency in problem-solving and fault-finding, coupled with a proactive approach to addressing challenges
  • The right to live and work in Australia

If you share our excitement for the journey ahead and would like to work with leaders in the industry, we can’t wait to hear from you! To apply, click on the Apply button to be redirected to the job vacancy on the Careers at Svitzer website. – Please note we do not accept applications received via e-mail.

We reserve the right to commence the next steps of our recruitment process prior to the closing date, therefore it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible.

Building a Diverse Workplace

In Svitzer we value the diversity of our talent and will always strive to recruit the best person for the job – we value diversity in all its forms, including but not limited to gender, age, nationality, race, sexual orientation, disability, or religious beliefs. We are proud of our diversity and see it as a genuine source of strength for building high performing teams.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that members from some under-represented groups are less likely to apply for jobs if they don’t meet every single qualification. At Svitzer we are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles, and we are excited about hearing from you!


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