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Deck

Master

A Master is responsible for a ship's entire operation.

Their duties include:

  • The safety of the ship, crew, cargo and environment 
  • Safe navigation of the vessel 
  • Compliance with any statutory, local or international regulation which affects the ship 
  • Communications with owners, the company, charterers and any other party required 
  • Supervision and training of officers, ratings and deck cadetsAny additional duties or instruction required by the company


Chief Officer

The Chief Officer is the second in command.

In an emergency, they will act as the deck department team leader.

Chief Officers ensure discipline within the deck department and keep safe navigational watch, as instructed by the master. They will also be given opportunities to understudy the master.

Their duties include:

  • Maintaining the upkeep of the hull, deck fixtures, fittings, crew accommodation areas, forecastles and bosun's storerooms 
  • Supervising cargo handling and ballasting operations 
  • Managing the deck department on-board. 

 

Second Officer

The Second Officer is the ship's navigator.

Any problems affecting the safe navigation of the vessel will then be reported to the master.

Their duties include:

  • Carrying out a safe navigational watch as instructed by the master 
  • Keeping cargo/port watch as instructed by the chief officer 
  • Monitoring the condition of all navigation equipment 
  • Updating all charts and publications 
  • Preparation of passage plans 

 

Third Officer

A Third Officer is customarily a vessel's safety officer.

Their duties include:

  • Carrying out a safe navigational watch as instructed by the master 
  • Keeping cargo/port watch as instructed by the chief officer 
  • Lifesaving equipment, including lifeboats 
  • Fire fighting appliances, including hoses, breathing apparatus and extinguishers