Part 1: Duties
- Prepare the ship for arrival in port, including checking the ship’s documents, ensuring that the crew is ready, and coordinating with the pilot and harbormaster.
- Assist the chief officer with cargo operations, including loading and unloading cargo, and ensuring that the cargo is properly stowed.
- Conduct safety inspections of the ship, and report any deficiencies to the chief officer.
- Maintain the ship’s logbook, and keep accurate records of all activities onboard.
- Assist the chief officer with navigation and pilotage, and ensure that the ship is safely navigated in and out of port.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the chief officer.
Part 2: Paperwork
- Pre-arrival checklist: This checklist ensures that all necessary paperwork is completed prior to arrival in port.
- Cargo manifest: This document lists the cargo that is being loaded or unloaded at the port.
- Crew list: This document lists the names and positions of all crew members onboard the ship.
- Safety inspection report: This report documents any deficiencies found during a safety inspection of the ship.
- Logbook: This document records all activities onboard the ship, including arrival and departure times, cargo operations, and weather conditions.
In addition to these duties and paperwork, the 3rd officer may also be responsible for a variety of other tasks, such as:
- Assisting with the maintenance of the ship’s machinery and equipment
- Providing security for the ship and its cargo
- Conducting drills and training exercises
- Representing the ship’s master in port
The 3rd officer is a vital member of the ship’s crew, and plays a critical role in ensuring the safe and efficient operation of the ship.