Edison Chouest Offshore companies



Crane Operator

Status: Now Accepting Applications

Company: Galliano Marine Service

16201 East Main Street

Cut Off, LA 70345

Recruiter: Patrick Terrebonne


Applicants should submit resume and copy of credentials to .

Interviews will be completed virtually with selected candidates through Google Meet or FaceTime.


The crane operator will:

  • Observe load hookup and determine the safety of load.
  • Manipulate or depress crane controls, such as pedals, levers, and buttons, to regulate speed and direction of crane and hoist movement according to written, verbal, or signaled instructions.
  • Operate the main and deck cranes within the designed (SWL) loads in accordance with the de-rating tables applicable to existing weather and sea-state condition.
  • Operate the assigned crane.
  • Ensure that the safe work procedures for crane lifts are adhered to.
  • Check the status of the machine in general, the mechanical conditions, the certifications, and the instrumentation.
  • Check before every lift that the weights are within the capacity limits of the crane and that all the conditions to implement the lifting (correct rigging, acceptable weather conditions, lift area free of people) will be present.
  • Report any malfunction immediately.
  • Liaise with the bridge when making any lift that could affect vessel stability.
  • Ensure that only marked, certified, and suitable lifting appliances are used and available used for lifting purposes.
  • Conduct daily inspection of crane cable and condition of the crane.
  • Liaise with the chief mate on crane maintenance and performance in order to ensure that repairs and preventive maintenance are carried out properly.
  • Perform weekly inspections of the cranes in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendation.
  • Assist as directed by the chief mate in the maintenance, inventory, inspection, and record keeping of lifting gear and loose lifting gear.
  • Work with the chief mate for preventative maintenance, repair, and parts for all cranes.
  • Assist on deck as required and directed by chief mate and/or master.
  • Fill out and maintain required checklists and documentation. The crane operator(s) are required to maintain a log book of each crane that includes hours, faults, breakages, repairs, etc.
  • Ensure and determine if a lifting plan is required by company or client requirements and specific job requirements before beginning any operation.
  • Be responsible for the overall cleanliness, preservation, and painting of the cranes.
  • Work under the chief mate in regards to cleaning and painting of cranes.
  • Keep the bridge department informed of adequate inventories of consumables and supplies required to perform their routines.
  • Provide part numbers, quantity, description, and type crane the part is used on, etc. to the chief mate so parts can be ordered appropriately.
  • Prepare and hand over notes in as much detail as possible prior to leaving the vessel for the joining crane operator(s) at each crew change.
  • Collect and document daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual maintenance for the crane.
  • Keep all certifications for application up to date.
  • Log all maintenance and keep it available for annual inspection and five-year inspection.
  • Support and work with people doing repair/maintenance/pre-maintenance on cranes.
  • Know how to go in emergency mode and operate the crane if necessary.
  • Have load charts available for different operations for the crane being operated.

For items not specifically listed above, the chief mate will assist the crane operator(s) as dictated by the vessel/clients' needs.

Marine Functions

The crane operator will:

  • Adhere to and comply with company policies and USCG and environmental regulations.
  • Work a rotation watch involving 12 hours in a 24-hour period with occasional hours not to exceed 14 consecutive hours.
  • Clean, paint, and do general housekeeping on the vessel.
  • Be responsible for handling lines for the mooring of the vessel.
  • Stand watch for obstructions in the path of the vessel.
  • Break out, rig, overhaul, and stow cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear.
  • Paint and chip rust on the deck or superstructure and splice and repair cable and ropes using hand tools.
  • Sweep and mop the vessel's interior.
  • Participates in safety and rescue drills for emergency situations.
  • Provide and/or assist with training.
  • Assemble rigging to lift and move equipment or material on board the vessel.
  • Performs any duty that may be required as part of training.
  • Collect, dump, and clean garbage, emptying color-coded receptacles for segregated garbage to the appropriate storage or processing location.
  • Know assigned duties according to the station bill and muster stations.
  • Have appropriate knowledge regarding regulatory requirements and the Safety Management System (SMS) the vessel is operating under and be familiar with the vessel's emergency procedures

The crane operator may be concerned with only one phase of duties, such as maintenance of the ship's gear and decks or watch duties.

Emergency Response Functions

Safety-sensitive duties include, but are not limited to: directing and mustering passengers in emergencies, passing out lifejackets, controlling and operating lifesaving equipment, and controlling and operating firefighting equipment.

A safety-sensitive position is any position on board a vessel that requires the person filling that position to perform one or more safety-sensitive duties on either a routine or emergency-only basis.

Any person filling a safety-sensitive position is subject to U.S Coast Guard drug and alcohol testing.

All crew members are considered to be filling safety-sensitive positions as well.

The crane operator will:

  • Ensure first aid is provided to victims.
  • Perform firefighting and damage control.
  • Assist on deck for man-overboard crisis.
  • Be directed by the master/mate to take appropriate actions at the scene of any emergency.

Security Functions

The crane operator will perform designated security duties.

HSE Responsibilities

The crane operator will:

  • Document and notify supervisor immediately of any accidents/illnesses/vessel incidents/near misses/etc.
  • Participate and supervise the company's safety programs (i.e., Safety Observations, Toolbox Talks, Permit to Work, Near Miss, Risk Assessments, etc.)
  • Utilize the "Stop Work Authority" if any personal safety, environmental risk, property damage or company reputation are at risk.
  • Be responsible for ensuring the maintenance and use of all necessary PPE.
  • Perform all duties while wearing protective equipment to include foul-weather gear, PFDs, gloves, boots, eye protection, hearing protection, etc.
  • Be responsible for ensuring and supervising the elimination of at-risk behaviors by reducing unsafe conditions and unsafe acts on and around the work site.
  • Ensure the compliance with the Company Quality and HSE Policies, goals, and the customer requirements, as well as regulatory and legal.

Supervisory Functions

The crane operator will:

  • Be responsible for imparting knowledge about the specific features, characteristics, and procedures of the vessel operations to crew members and the orientation of all new personnel on board the vessel.
  • Provide on-the-job training.
  • Ensure that he/she is capable of navigating through and communicating the requirements and contents of the MS to company representatives, regulatory personnel, and vessel crew members.
  • Perform any other additional duties that may be required or assigned.

Work Environment

  • Vessel crane operators often work in unprotected waters in areas inaccessible to immediate definitive medical care.
  • Vessel crane operators often are housed on a vessel and are subject to close quarters.

Physical Demands

The crane operator will be:

  • Required to be able to read and write in English, calculate, have estimation skills, possess good verbal presentation, and be able to communicate effectively.
  • Required to be able to tolerate repetitive and prolonged postures involving standing, sitting, twisting, squatting, kneeling, stooping, bending, pushing, pulling, stretching, reaching, and reaching to full range from above head to the floor.
  • Required to be able to utilize good dexterity and frequently use one or two hands throughout the work period.
  • Required to have good balance/coordination when walking over uneven and/or slippery surfaces.
  • Required to have sufficient cardio-respiratory fitness to perform medium-heavy physical labor involving the ability to sit and/or stand for extended time frames, walk for prolonged periods, handle various tools, climb ladders, and climb stairwells.
  • Subject to adverse weather conditions including rough seas, cold and elevated temperatures, and humid conditions.
  • Required to be able to lift at least 100 pounds from floor to waist.
  • Required to be able to lift at least 75 pounds from floor to shoulder.
  • Required to be able to lift at least 25 pounds from floor to head.
  • Required to demonstrate 90 pounds of grip strength in dominant hand and 80 pounds in nondominant hand.
  • Required to demonstrate physical demand requirements during initial pre-employment physical and any future physicals while employed.
  • Able to repeatedly walk the length of the vessel.
  • Subject to ultraviolet light, electrical hazards, vibration, noise, and a variety of other physical conditions, such as the proximity to moving mechanical parts and working at heights greater than six feet.
General Physical Activities Crane Operator
Standing C
Sitting F
Walking C
Stooping F
Kneeling O
Squatting O
Body Twisting C
Crawling O
Reaching C
Lifting F
Carrying F
Pushing F
Pulling F
Climbing Ladders F
Climbing Stairs F
Balancing C
Manual Dexterity C
Writing C
Sense of Touch/Sense of Smell C
Hearing > 10-ft. Range C
Vision/Depth Perception C
Reading C
Speaking Clearly C
Up to 10 lb C
11-25 lb C
26-50 lb F
51-100 lb F
>100 lb O
Up to 10 lb C
11-25 lb F
26-50 lb F
51-100 lb F
>100 lb O
Up to 10 lb C
11-25 lb F
26-50 lb F
51-100 lb F
>100 lb O


O – occasionally (less than 33% of work time)

F – frequently (34-66% of work time)

C – constantly (67%-100% of work time)

N – not a significant part of the job

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


  • Offshore COC
  • Basic Safety Training
  • Sea Services Certificate
  • T-BOSIET (if present)
  • Minimum 2 years of offshore experience
  • Must be of ethical character with good leadership and communication skills.

The Edison Chouest Offshore family of companies is committed to ensuring all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. We are dedicated to ensuring all employees are treated with the utmost level of respect as we believe this is the strongest foundation to build upon to foster an environment where employees feel comfortable handling their assignments, sharing their ideas, and pointing out opportunities for improvement.

ECO offers competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package including a 401(k) match.

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