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Other Deck Officer


Deck Officers

RESPONSIBILITIES OF OTHER DECK OFFICERS

Usually the second officer is responsible for the navigation of  the ship.

This includes but is not limited to :

  • Check the proper working of all bridge instruments before departure
  • Select all nautical charts necessary for the crossing
  • Draw courses on charts in consultation with the Master
  • Check if all mandatory (and not mandatory) literature (Lists of Lights, Admiralty Lists of Radio Signals, Pilot Books, Notices to Mariners, etc) is on board
  • Keep all charts and books well corrected and up to date
  • Keep his watch on the bridge (usually from 00.00 to 04.00 hours and from 12.00 to 16.00 hours

Usually the third officer is responsible for the safety equipment of the ship.

This includes but is not limited to :

  • Check if all fire fighting equipment is present and properly functioning
  • Check if all life-saving equipment (life-boats, life-rafts, their inventory) is present and in order
  • Check if all pyrotechnics are present and not outdated
  • Check if all signalling flags are present
  • Check if all emergency panels on the bridge (fire alert, watertight doors, etc.) are properly functioning
  • Keep his watch on the bridge (usually from 08.00 to 12.00 hours and from 20.00 to 24.00 hours

NOTES

As a rule, the third officer runs his watch for the Master.

On ships where there is no third officer, the master usually keeps watch from 08.00 to 12.00 hours and from 20.00 to 24.00 hours.