Ships' officers navigate and supervise the safe operation of ships at sea, in port and at anchor. They coordinate the activities of the crew and control cargo stowage loading and unloading operations.
Duties & Tasks
Ships' officers may perform the following tasks:liaise between the master and the crew of the shipkeep watch from the bridge in watches (shifts)determine the position of the ship and other vessels and obstructions by using navigational aidssupervise the work done by the crewprovide medical and/or first aid treatment for the crewmake sure safety regulations are observedperform designated safety and firefighting drills in emergency situationsobserve and record the ship's course and any alterations, the weather conditions and the ship's position in the daily logbookobserve the ship's on-board security procedures and take part in security drillscoordinate cargo loading and discharge operations and maintenanceupdate charts and other nautical publicationsensure that all necessary documentation has been completed.
Officers may be required to work or remain on duty for long periods. Generally they work in two watches of four hours on and eight hours off over a 24-hour period, depending on the type of ship they are working on. Other duties are performed during off watch periods.
- willing to spend time at sea, away from home for long periods pass a medical examination pass an eyesight test and have normal colour vision responsible and diligent able to work as part of a team.