Merchant Navy Ranks




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    Listing below various merchant navy ranks and duties on-board a Merchant Navy Ship. Categorizing duties are next to impossible as different companies have different policy but general duties are given below for reference.

    We have collected these detail referring Manuals of few Shipping companies in India. Hope it is not too technical for you as the idea is to have brief knowledge of what you are going to do on-board prior joining Merchant Navy at that rank. Also note that list is certainly not comprehensive and no job is Big or Small on-board for any Merchant Navy rank !.
    Merchant Navy Ranks

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      X SHIP CAPTAIN
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      Merchant Navy Rank "Ship Captain" is the supremo of the ship irrespective of the Ships Department. The Ship captain is responsible to the Company for:

      1. The overall command of the ship.
      2. The safety of the ship, her crew, cargo and the environment.
      3. The implementation of the Company's Policies as contained in the SMS Manual and other official Company Instructions on all matters of operations, safety and environmental protection.
      4. The on board discipline of all Officers and Crew and appraisal of same.
      5. The reporting of any accident or damage affecting the ship, her crew or her cargo to the Company and other Parties as found necessary.
      6. The safe navigation of the vessel.
      7. Ensuring adequate stability trim and stress at all times
      8. The checking and monitoring of any cargo plan and operations prepared by the Chief Officer.
      9. The proper accounting of voyage expenditure etc and the safe keeping of the Company funds.
      10. The execution of the Charter of the vessel in a professional and competent manner.
      11. The communications with the Owners, the Company, the Charterers and any other party required.
      12. The compliance with any statutory, local or international regulation, which affects the ship.
      13. The maintenance of the ship's and crew certification required for trading.
      14. The maintenance of the ship and her equipment.
      15. The maintenance of all the Company and other records, which are required to be maintained or submitted.
      16. The checking of bunkers and stores prior to commencing a voyage to ensure that sufficient are onboard.
      17. The safeguard of the Owner's and Company's interests at all times.
      18. Supervising the training of all cadets and trainee ratings.
      19. The undertaking of any other duties or instruction as required by the Company.

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        X CHIEF MATE
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        Merchant Navy Rank "Chief mate" or Chief Officer (C/O) belongs to the deck department of merchant ship. The Chief mate is responsible to the Master for:

        1. In the absence of the
        2. , the C/O is in command of the vessel and assumes the master's responsibilities.
        3. Acting as the Deck department team leader in an emergency/crisis response situation.
        4. Maintaining the upkeep of the hull, deck fixtures,  fittings, crew accommodation areas, forecastles and Bosun's storerooms, which must be kept in a clean and tidy condition.
        5. Maintaining discipline within the deck department.
        6. Administering and controlling of deck stores and equipment including inventory and expenditure control and requisitioning.
        7. Maintaining an up to date and accurate record of  deck maintenance.
        8. Responsible for cargo handling including tank cleaning and COW operations, ballasting/deballasting operations including the allocation of specific duties to other Deck officers.  
        9. Monitoring all situations, which may result in environmental pollution incidents and to take appropriate preventive measures.
        10. Keeping a safe navigational watch as instructed by the  master.
        11. Acting as the ship’s Safety Officer including the promotion of safe working practices and the conducting of regular safety inspections.  
        12. Ensuring all shipboard safety equipment is maintained and regularly tested.
        13. Acting as Ship Security Officer along with the associated duties contained in the Ships Security Plan.   
        14. Taking charge of a mooring party fwd.
        15. The Chief Officer is to be given the opportunity to understudy the master whenever such an opportunity arises.
        16. Any other duties as instructed by the Master.

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          X SECOND MATE
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          Merchant Navy Rank "Second mate" or 2nd Officer (2/O) belongs to the deck department of merchant ship and is responsible to the Master and C/O for:

          1. Acting as the vessels Navigation Officer responsible for monitoring the condition of all navigation equipment, for correcting/updating all charts and associated navigational publications and for preparing passage plans to be  approved by the Master. Any deficiencies, which may affect the safe navigation of the vessel, are reported to the Master.
          2. Keeping a safe navigational watch as instructed by the Master.
          3. Keeping a cargo/port watch as instructed by the Chief Officer.
          4. Taking charge of a mooring party aft.  
          5. Providing medical first aid under the supervision of the Master.
          6. Maintenance and inventory of the ship’s medical stores.  
          7. Assist and to take the opportunity to understudy the Chief Officer to ensure the safe and efficient cargo planning and operation of the ship. Such understudying will include the knowledge of the cargo plant, its maintenance and upkeep. The Chief Officer will be responsible for the suitable training of the 2nd Officer in this respect, giving due regard to the potential future promotion of the 2nd Officer.  
          8. GMDSS duties as assigned by Master.
          9. Any other duties as instructed by the Master.

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            X THIRD MATE
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            Merchant Navy Rank "Third Mate" or 3rd Officer (3/O) belongs to the deck department of merchant ship and is responsible to the Master and C/O for:

            1. The maintenance of lifesaving equipment, including vessel lifeboats, to ensure that such equipment is kept at a constant state of readiness according to SOLAS requirements.
            2. The maintenance of all fire fighting appliances, including hoses, breathing apparatus and extinguishers. The 3/O ensures that such equipment is kept at a constant state of readiness according to SOLAS requirements.
            3. Reporting any deficiencies in lifesaving or fire fighting equipment which may affect safe vessel operations to the Chief Officer (C/O).
            4. Maintaining Lights, Shapes, Flags, Halyards and Sound Signalling Apparatus.
            5. Keeping a safe navigational watch as instructed by the Master.
            6. Taking charge of a mooring party.  
            7. Keeping a cargo/port watch as instructed by the Chief Officer.
            8. GMDSS Duties as assigned by Master.
            9. Any other duties as instructed by the Master.

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              X DECK CADET
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              Merchant Navy Rank "Deck Cadet" or Junior officer belongs to the deck department of merchant ship and is responsible:

              1. To take part in sea watch and port watch duties under the supervision of a competent officer.  
              2. To take part in operations and maintenance tasks of the vessel under supervision of a competent officer.  
              3. To familiarise himself with all safety equipment/safety procedures on board, regulations and working procedures appropriate to tasks to be executed.
              4. To execute assigned tasks in conformance with work procedures and/or quality plans as instructed by the Duty Officer or the Chief Officer.
              5. Diligently follow the structure program of onboard  training (SSTP) and complete tasks listed in the cadet training record book or equivalent record book.  
              6. Diligently complete distance learning program, keep training record book up-to-date and complete academic training assignments as required by the nautical college.
              7. To ensure that work of a hazardous nature is not undertaken without approval, suitable training and under close supervision of the Chief Officer.
              8. To act as a member of the Shipboard Emergency Response and Fire Fighting Team.
              9. To carry out ISPS duties in accordance with the vessel Ship Security plan
              10. Actively seek to learn the duties as applicable for next rank.

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                X BOSUN
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                Merchant Navy Rank "Bosun" or Boatswain belongs to the deck department of merchant ship and is responsible to the Chief mate for:

                1. Assisting in the planning and execution of maintenance and operational work tasks.
                2. The instruction and supervision of the Able Seamen and Ordinary Seamen in accordance with Company policy.
                3. The execution of assigned tasks in conformance with safe work procedures and in accordance with instructions given by the Supervising Officer.
                4. Training all his subordinates in the various work tasks as required through close supervision of each individual’s performance.
                5. Keeping all tools, equipment, stores etc. in good order and observe and/or obtain stock as requested by the Chief Officer.
                6. The readiness of the windlasses/winches for immediate use prior to entering confined waters, prior to arrival. During anchoring or mooring operations he has to operate the windlass under the direction of the Chief Officer.
                7. The securing / clearing of anchors as directed by the Chief Officer as applicable.
                8. Any other duties as instructed by the Chief Officer.

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                    X PUMPMAN
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                    Merchant Navy Rank "Pumpman" or pumpy belongs to the deck department of merchant tanker ship and is responsible to the Chief Officer for:

                    1. Assisting in the planning and execution of all cargo related operations such as loading, discharging, tank cleaning, inerting, gas freeing, etc.
                    2. The inspection, maintenance and cleaning of the pump room.
                    3. Assisting the Duty Officer/surveyor with temperature/ullage readings and cargo sampling as ordered by the Chief Officer.
                    4. The execution of loading/discharging operations in co-operation with the Duty Officer.
                    5. Ensuring that all valves, pipes, and tanks, etc, are properly marked for easy identification.
                    6. The changing of reducers, packing and flanges as necessary and in accordance with the Chief Officers instructions.
                    7. Keeping all tools, equipment, pumpman store, etc. in good order and/or obtain stock as requested by the Chief Officer.
                    8. Any other duties as instructed by the Chief Officer.

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                      X ABLE SEAMAN (AB) / ORDINARY SEAMAN (OS)
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                      Merchant Navy Rank Able Seaman/Ordinary Seaman belongs to the deck department of merchant ship and is responsible to the Supervising Officer / Bosun for:

                      1. Carrying out sea watch and port watch duties as instructed (subject to OS being duly certified)
                      2. Assisting in mooring operations as required.
                      3. Carrying out maintenance work and other operational tasks as required.
                      4. The adoption of safe working practices.
                      5. Any other duties as instructed by the Supervising Officer or Bosun.

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                      X SHIP CHIEF ENGINEER
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                      Merchant Navy Rank "Chief Engineer" (C/E) belongs to the Engine department of merchant ship and is responsible to the Master for:

                      1. The engine department and the safety of the crew, machinery and environment directly within its control.
                      2. The implementation of the company's policies, which are, contained within the company manuals and other official company instructions on  all machinery related operations, safety and environmental protection.
                      3. The onboard discipline of all the engine department officers and crew and the appraisal of same.
                      4. The safe operation of the vessel's machinery and technical plant.
                      5. The monitoring of performance of the main propulsion and auxiliary machinery.
                      6. The accurate monitoring and control of the vessel's fuel and lubricating oil consumption, and the status of fuel and lubricating oil bunker quantities.
                      7. The bunkering of fuel & lubricating oils and other fluids as appropriate. The maintenance of the main propulsion, auxiliary machinery, cargo handling and deck machinery.
                      8. The compliance with statutory and classification survey requirements, with regard to machinery and relevant spaces.
                      9. The accurate entry of all operational machinery parameters by the watch keepers/duty engineers in the engine room log.
                      10. The reporting of any accident or damage to the vessel's machinery or technical plant.
                      11. The safeguarding of the Owners' and Company's interests at all times.
                      12. The supervision and training of Engineer Cadets.
                      13. The undertaking of any other duties or instruction as required by the company.

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