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A ship is run by dedicated seafarers who follows a system
of chain of command. Each individual working onboard a
ship has specific duties and are qualified for certain
In order for the ship to sail safely, there have to be
a specific number of qualified individuals onboard. For
example, all flag administrations for ships registered in
their country always specifies that there should at least
be a Master, a Chief Officer, a Chief Engineer and a
Second Engineer onboard before it can be allowed to sail.
Depending on the trading pattern, other officers like 2nd
Officer, 3rd Officer, and 3rd Engineer might be included
also. One or two GMDSS radio operators might also be
Furthermore, there should be a specific number of
watch-keeping ratings on board to support the operation of
the ship. The number and qualifications of these crew
members are all stated in the Safe Manning Document issued
by the flag administrations.
Below are some typical duties of the crew members on
board. Shipping companies may differ in assigning some of
the duties specifically to their officers, but generally
the duties are quite similar.
Captain: Overall in charge of the ship.
Management role includes safety and security management,
business and finance, compliance to regulations,
reporting, decision making, navigation.
Chief Officer: Executive role for cargo and
stability, safety, security, navigation, maintenance,
2nd Officer: In charge of lifesaving appliances,
firefighting equipment, navigation charting, navigation
equipment, medical supplies, publications.
3rd Officer: Helping out as needed.
Chief Engineer: Management role for engine
department. Maintenance of all mechanical and electrical
equipment. Reporting, bunker, spares.
2nd Engineer: Executive role for safety
equipment, maintenance of all mechanical and electrical
equipment. Main engine.
3rd Engineer: Maintenance of specific assigned
equipment, e.g. Diesel auxiliary engines.
4th Engineer: Maintenance of specific assigned
equipment, e.g. Boiler, purifier, pumps
Electrical Engineer: Maintenance of electrical
equipment. Not qualified for watch-keeping duties.