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Engineer Scheldt Area


With 350 years of combined heritage, we are passionate about assisting ship safely. Our large fleet op 70 tugs provides tailored towage services in 12 European ports.

For our ports in Antwerp, Zeebrugge and Ghent-Terneuzen-Flushing, we are looking for new colleagues:


We believe that towage is all about people. The success of our company depends on the people working for us. Their contribution, their added value to the organisation and their willingness to commit to our core values are all highly valued. Our culture, our conduct and our business approach are based on five core values passion, respect, collaboration, flexibility and professionalism.

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What type of applicant are we looking for?

  • At least 2 years of experience in a similar position.
  • Nautical and technical knowledge. Required certificate and documents according to the Belgian flag state to be able to sail as an Engineer on board a Belgian tugboat.
  • At least the certificate 'III / 1 Officer in charge of an Engineering Watch'
  • A proven technical knowledge through experience as an Engineer in Offshore or on a tugboat
  • You can work well with Microsoft Office and are good at administration
  • You are fluent in both Dutch and English
  • Passion for the maritime industry

Your talents:

  • Flexibility
  • Strong communicator
  • Stress-resistant
  • Social person
  • Teamplayer

We offer

  • A dynamic career within an international company and enthusiastic, passionate colleagues
  • An interesting job environment in the ports of Antwerp, Zeebrugge, Ghent, Terneuzen, Flushing
  • Work 7 days on, 14 days off

Your job

You ensure that the tugboat is technically in order at all times and provide the necessary maintenance to keep all parts up and running. You are an ambassador of the tugboat, the company and the vision of Kotug Smit Towage. You report to the master of the tugboat.

As an engineer you are responsible for managing all technical equipment on board and you take the necessary actions in maintenance and repair. You ensure a correct and efficient use of spare parts, fuels and lubricants. This also means that you are very precise with your administration and accurate in the use of the ordering and maintenance system.

During towing movements, you are responsible for operating the winch according to the instructions from the tug master.

Safety is crucial in our field of work. That is why you periodically test the various parts of the complete equipment and carry out the necessary (safety) drills. You actively participate and report to both the captain and the technical department.

Meet your colleagues

Click on the picture to read the Havenkrant Gent and meet your new colleagues.

Click on the movie to watch Haven TV Ghent

View here the special towage job of the Audax vessel with PAR-modules in the Port of Zeebrugge .

Challenge us. Challenge yourself.

If you have a passion for a technical / nautical job and would like to work on board, then we invite you to send your motivation letter and CV (in Dutch or English language) by filling out the online application.

For more information about the vacancy, please contact Katrien Broeckx, Crewing Department Scheldt Area via +32 35451194.

***** Acquisition to this vacancy is not appreciated *****

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