April 03, 2020

Chief Officer/Mate

The Chief Officer is responsible for the day-to-day working of the deck crew and for the stowage, loading, carriage and discharge of the cargo.

Key tasks:

• Prepare load/discharge plans for cargo.
• Undertake morning and evening watches (4am to 8 am and 4pm to 8 pm).
• In charge of deck ratings, Bosun, Able Seaman, Chief Cook and Steward.
• Acts as the vessel’s safety officer.
• Oversees deck maintenance and deck machinery.
• GMDSS communications.
• Handling mooring stations.
• In charge of anchoring the vessel at anchorage.
• Keeping records.

Entry requirements/training:

The Chief Officer is a person holding Deck Class-II certificate of competency. Chief Officers may also hold the Class-I CoC. 

Career advancement:

With further experience or exams they can become a Master.