The Chief Officer is the designated Cargo Officer and is responsible for the safe loading, carriage and discharge of cargo.
He is directly responsible to the Master for the administration and functioning of the Deck Department as and for navigational watchkeeping duties.
He is a member of the Ship’s Board Management Team. He also ensures that he and his staff comply with Company Rules, Procedures, Standing Orders and Instructions, and any other Governmental or Port Regulations applicable to the ship.
In addition, he has specific pollution prevention and safety-related duties. He also ensures that any Deck Cadets assigned to the vessel are given proper training and that their training records are maintained up to date.