Commissioners of Irish Lights - Master, ILV Granuaile (1 vacancy)


Commissioners of Irish Lights are hiring! 📢🌊

Irish Lights are currently seeking a Master for their vessel, the ILV Granuaile. 

The Master will be responsible for the safe, effective and efficient management of all aspects of the ILV Granuaile and ensure all current legislation, regulations and Irish Lights policies are adhered to.

They will be the primary link between the vessel operation and shore management team. They will actively contribute to the strategic direction of Irish Lights as part of the Navigation, Maritime and Consenting senior management team.

They will lead on the delivery of commercial ship charter opportunities as these arise, in order to offset Irish Lights operating costs. They will provide expert guidance as necessary on the introduction of new maritime technologies as these emerge. 

Main duties and responsibilities of the role include:


  • As the Senior Officer onboard and responsible for the management of the Vessel, the safety of all the crew and compliance with all legislation applying to their command
  • Liaise with Navigation Services Manager regarding the day to day operational requirements of the Vessel
  • Delegate responsibility to the Chief Officer (SOO) and Chief Engineer Officer (EOM) to ensure they undertake their respective responsibilities in the most efficient and effective manner
  • Manage the Vessel and crew in accordance with Irish Lights Code of Conduct.  

Health, Safety and Security  

  • Be responsible for the application of the International Safety Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (ISM Code) and the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) and prepare the Vessel for re-certification/verification audits
  • Be responsible for the application of the Irish Lights Environmental and Safety Policies, including application of the emergency response procedures within the Safety Management System (SMS)
  • Manage the Vessel’s SMS processes, reviews, audits and report to Designated Person Ashore on a regular basis
  • Responsible for carrying out and documenting Shipboard boat musters and emergency drills.  


  • Take full responsibility of the Vessel’s crew, safety, seaworthiness, operations and environment • Deliver excellent performance from the crew in pursuing the organisation’s strategic mission and vision  
  • Promote, and lead by example, the Irish Lights values in both internal and external interactions.
  • Prepare, present and manage the Vessel’s capital and expenditure budget, including the annual training budget,
  • Maintain Irish Lights reputation through modern media outlets including social media and promotional open days for the public    

Essential Qualifications (All in Date)  

  • STCW Master Mariner II/2 Unlimited Certificate of Competency or a “Certificate of Equivalent Competency” to sail as Master on Irish Flagged vessels. (Granted through the Irish Department of Transport)
  • Dynamic Positioning Operations certification  
  • A valid unrestricted Seafarers Medical Certificate (ENG11)
  • All applicable STCW certificates and mandatory training and certification requirements for the position  

Desirable Qualifications

  • Degree in Nautical Science
  • Masters in Shipping operations management or similar related field  

Minimum experience and skills

  • Dynamic Positioning Operations experience.
  • A full understanding of the operation of the ISM/ISPS Codes
  • Relevant experience in ship handling and offshore operations
  • Previous experience in ship handling during service operations and pilotage
  • Leadership experience in a similar role • Demonstrated proficiency in specialised navigation equipment  
  • Understanding of Microsoft 365 and related packages
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including report writing

Desirable experience and skills

  • Command experience in offshore vessels, with experience in buoy handling and boat work or similar offshore seamanship evolutions, including deck work and lifting operations  
  • Bridge Team Management Training
  • Working knowledge of existing marine regulations and advances in digitalisation and environmental protection in relation to the shipping industry
  • A good understanding of budgetary procedures in particular forecasting  
  • A working knowledge of Maintenance Information Systems
  • Evidence of professional developmental activities in terms of experience and/or certification.
  • Knowledge and experience in operating off the coasts around UK and Ireland.  
  • Experience in port operations including ship manoeuvring without a pilot.  

An annual salary of €86,501 - €99,420 (8 points) with very generous pension benefits are attached to this role. 

Hours of Work
The successful candidate will join one of two crews who operate a 4 week on/off roster on board the ILV Granuaile.


For further information on the role, detailed requirements, salary and other benefits please view the Candidate Briefing PackThis is a unique opportunity to make a significant contribution to the continued development of Irish Lights.

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for the role by Tuesday, 4 June at 17:00 hours, to