Whiffen Head, Placentia Bay is home to the Newfoundland Transshipment Limited (NTL) crude oil transhipment facility. Shuttle tankers, specially designed to load oil from GBS and FPSO storage facilities, bring oil from the Hibernia, Terra Nova and White Rose offshore oil fields here or to a transhipment facility abroad to offload.

Commercial tankers then pick up the oil and ship it to various destinations around the world. All tankers are escorted in and out of Placentia Bay and docked using state-of-the-art tug boats which also provide firefighting support.

Three million barrels of oil can be stored at NLT in Whiffen Head.

Business and Administration:

  • Logistics Coordinators – oversee entire events or projects that typically have many facets, including scheduling, delivery and coordination of equipment, materials and people.
  • Administrative Assistants – assist in the day to day operations of the office.

Skilled Trades:

  • Electricians – specialize in the electrical wiring of buildings and offshore facilities.
  • Millwrights/Machinists – install, maintain, and repair stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment.


  • Field Jetty Operators – physical preparation, monitoring and 
recording of crude transfers and maintenance of relevant equipment.
  • Control Room Operators – assist in plant operations, including calibrating and troubleshooting automation, electrical and mechanical equipment, and facilities.

Marine (Tug Boat Operations):

  • Captains – in ultimate command of the vessel and responsible for all aspects of the ship’s safe and efficient operation. Often need the highest Transport Canada certification level, which is Master Mariner.
  • First Mates – the top officer on board a ship after the Captain. Also known as Chief Officer or First Officer. Frequently a watchkeeper and in charge of the ship’s cargo and deck crew. The First Mate takes over command of the ship in the absence of the Captain.
  • Marine Engineers – maintain and operate the machinery and electrical and electronic equipment on board ship. There are usually multiple engineers on a vessel, including chief engineer, second engineer, etc.