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Seagoing Engineers

Posted: 8.07.2022 | Auckland, Blenheim, Bluff, Coromandel, Golden Bay, Havelock, Melbourne, Nelson, Stewart Island, Tauranga, Timaru | Contract

Our Deep-Water Fleet operate out of Timaru. Our fleet includes deep-sea trawlers, scampi vessels and long liners which target fisheries both in NZ and as far away as the Ross Sea.


The Opportunity:

There are independent contractor (self-employment) opportunities across the Sanford Deep-Water Fleet, where as Chief or 2nd Engineer you will be responsible for leading and supporting the management and maintenance of the mechanical and electrical performance of the vessel’s various engineering systems, enabling the Skipper, Factory Manager (where applicable) and wider team to produce high quality NZ Seafood.


What you need to be successful in this role:

Our Deep-water Fleet vessels have a strong values led culture, where people are the operations most important asset. To be successful in this role the Health, Safety and Wellbeing of yourself and your team must always come first. You will have a strong work ethic, be self-motivated to work independently, have excellent communication and problem-solving skills and a commitment to preventative maintenance systems.


“Fit” will be one of the determining success factors of this opportunity so if you’re a team player, can lead from the front and take pride in your work and personal wellbeing, your next voyage could start here with Sanford.



  • MEC 2-4 Minimum
  • Current Maritime Medical
  • Current Workplace First Aid
  • A values led approach of care, passion, and integrity in everything you do
  • A good understanding of Class and MARPOL requirements
  • Experience with ammonia and other refrigerant based freezing systems
  • An understanding and compliance to all relevant NZ legislation including MOSS, HSWA, Fisheries Act / regulation and MPI food safety
  • An active and engaged management approach towards Health and Safety outcomes and culture
  • Knowledge and experience in preventative maintenance computer systems
  • A passion for playing your part in delivering high quality NZ seafood to the world

In return:

  • Trip on, trip off contract schedule with competitive remuneration
  • Contracting your services to a company that is focused on supporting people to develop their career pathway

About Sanford

Together at Sanford we are proud of our extensive seafood history and our position as New Zealand’s largest integrated fishing and aquaculture business. Our vision is to be leaders in NZ seafood – achieving this through a value led approach of care, passion, and integrity in all that we do.

If you are passionate about high quality engineering outcomes and think you are up to the challenge, please forward a copy of your CV and a cover letter outlining your experience and background to

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