master

Master

The master has overall command of the vessel. He is the official representative of the shipping company and ensures the smooth operation of the vessel.

He oversees and manages compliance with national and international regulations and acts as a point of contact between the ship owners and charterers.

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chief-officer

Chief Officer

The chief officer acts as deputy to the master. In addition to his duties as a watch officer, he is responsible for keeping the master informed about all aspects of ship operation, cargo issues, crewing problems, and any deficiencies or irregularities.

He is also responsible for the following:

  • ensuring the vessel’s ability to meet specific travel and operational requirements,
  • ship loading and the stability calculation,
  • controlling cargo handling operations,
  • ensuring the seaworthiness of the vessel at all times.

He organizes and manages the deck crew and gives clear instructions regarding machinery and equipment maintenance on deck as well as compliance with the relevant international and national regulations. Furthermore, he is responsible for first aid and medical care on board.

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second-officer

Second Officer

In addition to his duties as a watch officer, the second officer is responsible for carrying out the role of navigational officer.

In particular, this entails maintaining all chart folios, revisions, nautical publications, and log books detailing navigational equipment up to date and carrying out passage planning according to master’s instructions.

During port stays, he takes over the role of duty officer on deck and must therefore be familiar with all cargo and ballast operations in port, especially with reefer and dangerous goods containers to be loaded and unloaded.

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3rd-officer

Third Officer

In addition to his duties as a watch officer the third officer is responsible for performing the role of safety officer.

In particular, this entails:

  • ensuring that safety and firefighting equipment is maintained and ready for use at any time,
  • reporting defective equipment and deficiencies to the chief officer,
  • supporting the master and the chief officer in organizing drills and crew training,

During port stays, he takes over the role of duty officer on deck and must therefore be familiar with all cargo and ballast operations in port, especially with reefer and dangerous goods containers to be loaded and unloaded.

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chief-engineer

Chief Engineer

The chief engineer is in charge of the engine department and engine crew.

His main responsibilities are:

  • keeping the master informed regarding aspects of engine operation, crewing problems, and any deficiencies and irregularities,
  • reporting to the master and the shipping company as required,
  • maintaining the vessel at a highly reliable technical standard and ensuring compliance with relevant national and international regulations, such as those governing the environment, occupational safety, and ship safety.

He is also responsible for the overall condition and maintenance of all engine machinery and equipment, for ensuring the repair of all machinery and equipment on board the vessel, and for minimizing the risk of downtime and delays on sea passages and during cargo operations. He also oversees the economical and efficient operation of the engine and ensures that the responsible crew members observe all safety and working standards (including the correct operation of all machinery).

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2nd-engineer

Second Engineer

In addition to his duties as a technical watch engineer, the second engineer leads the engineering team.

He is responsible for the following:

  • planning, controlling, and performing maintenance and repair work on individual pieces of equipment in the engine room,
  • managing and supervising the department as instructed by the chief engineer,
  • supporting repairs on deck,
  • training engineers and engine hands.
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3rd-engineer

Third Engineer

In addition to his duties as a watch engineer, the third/fourth engineer is responsible for the following:

  • carrying out maintenance and repair work on machinery and equipment as instructed by the chief engineer and second engineer,
  • monitoring and supervising engine crew members.
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4th-engineer

Fourth Engineer

In addition to his duties as a watch engineer, the third/fourth engineer is responsible for the following:

  • carrying out maintenance and repair work on machinery and equipment as instructed by the chief engineer and second engineer,
  • monitoring and supervising engine crew members. 
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electrician

Electrician

The electrician carries out work on electrical and electronic units on board.

In particular, he is responsible for the maintenance and repair of reefer units and monitoring the temperature of these containers during loading and in transit in cooperation with the chief officer.

Specifically, his duties are to ensure that:

  • all loaded reefers are properly connected and meet the operating parameters required by the charterer (e.g. temperature and ventilation times),
  • technical support is provided for alarm monitoring and the repair of defective cooling equipment,
  • the separate inventory of spare reefer parts for the charterer is checked and any necessary orders are made.

He is also required to support other technical maintenance activities on deck in cooperation with the engineers and officers.

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bosun

Bosun

The bosun leads the deck hands and is responsible for the monitoring and execution of all work performed on deck.

In particular, this involves:

  • preparing mooring stations for mooring and casting off,
  • preparing the anchor station,
  • managing tools, work equipment, paint, etc.,
  • keeping the deck and cargo area seaworthy.

He is also responsible for carrying out work on deck in discussion with the chief officer.

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able-seaman

Able Seaman

The able seaman supports the watch officers on the bridge, standing watch or acting as helmsman, for example.

He assists the bosun in lashing and securing cargo and in the maintenance of lashing equipment. He performs the seaman’s duties assigned to him on deck, such as removing rust, lubricating parts, and other maintenance work.

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ordinary-seaman

Ordinary Seaman

The tasks of the ordinary seaman are identical to those of the able seaman.

The only difference is that he has less work experience than the able seaman.

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fitter

Fitter

The fitter puts consumable supplies and replacement parts into storage. He has practical experience in maintaining a wide range of auxiliary engine systems and is conversant with the safety measures that concern engine operation.

He is responsible for reconditioning and overhauling spare engine parts and equipment, and he carries out welding jobs on board. The fitter observes all regulations concerning proper waste disposal and the separation of garbage in the engine room.

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motorman

Motorman

The motorman is supporting the watch engineer in the engine room when the vessel is in port or at sea.

His duties include:

  • checking oil levels and replenishing lubricant as necessary,
  • lubricating moving parts and inventory according to the lubrication schedule,
  • noting operational data such as pressure, temperatures and revolutions per minute and recording this information in the engine log book.

Additionally, he assists the engineers in preventative maintenance work and delivery of fuel, lubricant, replacement parts and other consumable supplies.

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wiper

Wiper

The main task of the wiper is to clean the engine room and the connected operation rooms.

He assists the watch engineer, and his other duties include gauging the level of various tanks in the engine room using a sounding rod. For instance, he documents the sounding levels of the waste water tank and the sludge tank. He also assists in routine activities assigned by superior officers.

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chief-cook

Chief Cook

The chief cook has overall responsibility for the catering service and the preparation of meals on board. He coordinates the galley food supplies and equipment with the ship’s master.

He is responsible for ensuring compliance with hygiene requirements in the galley, pantry, messrooms and provisions rooms and for keeping these areas clean. He is also responsible for the proper storage of food.

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stewart

Steward / Messman

The steward caters the crew with nutritious and varied meals and serves meals in the officers’ mess.

He assists the chief cook and is also responsible for cleaning the recreation rooms and the officers’ cabins as well as the running of the ship’s laundry room.

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