Chief Refrigeration Engineer

Title Chief Refrigeration Engineer
Category Deck and Engine, Onboard
Job Information

The primary responsibility of the Chief Refrigeration Engineer is the operation, maintenance and repair of the main Chilled Water and HVAC plant, the Provisions Central Plant (condensing units, Cold/Freezer rooms & remotes) and all self-contained refrigerators, freezers, draught beer installations, air conditioning units and humidifiers around the vessel.

Additional responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Ensure that the operation of equipment and plant is compliant with the required flag state, port state, public health and machinery specific requirements.
  • In charge of budgeting, planning, execution & reporting of mechanical & electrical maintenance carried out on the HVAC&R systems on board in accordance with the AMOS maintenance system and as directed by the Chief Engineer.
  • Maintain and uphold team’s welfare, focusing on the development of a congenial working environment and adherence to discipline of the department personnel.
  • Responsible for annual HVAC&R M&R, CAPEX and Capital plan budget planning, purchases, budget control, maintaining sensible stock levels, stock counts and auditing.
  • Responsible for all aspects of HVAC&R refit/Dry dock/repair specifications, Risk Assessments, work permits, preparation, job execution and reporting. This includes any required parts, equipment & sourcing of suitably qualified contractors (when applicable)
  • Responsible for HVAC&R related apartment/public rooms/galley refurbishments including system design, procurement of materials, installation (or contractor selection), commissioning, final sign off and reporting.


  • Automation systems for related ships equipment.
    • SEIMENS DESIGO INSIGHT (HVAC control and monitoring)
    • YORK® RADAR XL (Chiller control and monitoring)
    • CAREL Supervisor (Provisions control and monitoring)
    • UNISAB ISAC (Provisions refrigeration Pack control and Monitoring)
  • YORK® Centrifugal Chillers.
  • AHU’s serving:
    • All accommodation spaces
    • Crew areas
    • Public Resident areas
    • Technical spaces
    • Galley ventilation systems
    • Laundry ventilation systems
  • NOVENCO microvent® system.
  • Direct Exhaust and supply fans
  • Negative & Positive Provisions refrigeration packs.
  • Chill & Freezer cold rooms.
  • Self contained Refrigeration systems.
  • HVAC safety / Emergency related appliances:
    • Fire Dampers
    • Co² extraction fans
    • Smoke Dampers
    • Stand alone Emergency cooling units.
  • Hoshizaki & Manitowoc Ice machines
  • Water dispensers
  • Draught Beer Systems
  • Instrument air driers


  • Formal refrigeration apprenticeship required, plus a minimum of 2 years’ experience as Chief Refrigeration Engineer or similar role onboard a vessel, or minimum 1 year shore based Service Manager
  • STCW, F-Gas Category 1 and additional appropriate licenses required
  • Experience with installation in industrial, commercial and Marine fields
  • Knowledge of ship board safety requirements and procedures as stated in SOLAS
  • Experience with Marine Electrical Systems and AMOS Maintenance history, spare parts and purchasing routines
  • Familiar with USPH Public health standards
  • Must be proactive and anticipate and act upon areas of improvement
  • Must be willing to attend vessel dry-docks and cover additional positions when needed



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