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Crew Responsibilities – Help For Writing A SMS

The responsibilities of crew should be outlined in the vessel Safety Management System (SMS), for greater and more detailed information please email and request assistance from our consultants with your SMS.

Below is a list that outlines some of the requirements of the crew that may be used as guidance only when using the Ocean Time Marine SMS software / template. For the complete comprehensive list please contact us.

Master Responsibilities

The Master is the owners’ representative and is responsible directly to the Operations Manager. He is responsible for the overall efficiency of the ship as an operational and efficient unit. He shall assume responsibility for the protection of the company’s interest at all times, and when appropriate those of the Charterer. He reports to the Operations Manager ashore. In matters related to the quality, safety and pollution prevention aspects of the operation he may select to report to the DPA (Safety Manager) to ensure that adequate resources and shore based support are applied. He has full authority over all those on board and has the right to refuse entry to any unauthorised person. He should maintain the standards of discipline and behaviour necessary for the proper conduct of affairs and should promote a spirit of co-operation amongst those on board and towards all those who come into contact with the ship in the course of their duties

Chief Engineer Safety Requirements

The Chief Engineer shall ensure that the company Safety Management System, in accordance with the ISM code is complied with at all times. The Chief Engineer is responsible for ensuring that his staff are familiar with the requirements of the company Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental Policy, safety regulations and appropriate legislation and that compliance is ensured throughout his area of responsibility. He must take due care for the health and safety of himself his staff and other seafarers and ensure that he maintains a safe and healthy working environment. He must take a personal interest in the working practices of his staff to ensure that they fulfil their duties safely and efficiently. He must be fully conversant with the use of all safety equipment and the implementation of emergency procedures and is responsible for ensuring that his staff are equally conversant. He must actively promote safety throughout his department and co-operate fully with the ship’s safety officer

Chief Officer Responsibilities

The Chief Officer is the Master’s deputy and second in command of the vessel. He will assist the Master in all shipboard duties, with specific responsibility as detailed below. He must make himself familiar with those aspects of the ship’s affairs, which are the special concern of the Master so as to be prepared for the assumption of command, if necessary. Unless required otherwise by the Master and in addition to his navigational duties he should be made responsible for the organisation and supervision of the deck department, for the discipline of its members, and the duties enumerated in this section. The Chief Officer may be the company appointed ships Safety Officer. 2nd Officer Responsibilities Unless required otherwise by the Master, the Second Officer is directly responsible to the Master for navigational and bridge watch keeping duties and for any special tasks assigned to him by the Master. For general deck department duties, including cargo operations, the Second Officer is responsible to the chief officer. He must make himself fully conversant with the regulations and instructions relating to his duties. the second officer must, under the guidance of the Master or his deputy, take part in the planning and execution of planned manoeuvres and operations. Other duties and responsibilities shall be apportioned by the Master or Chief Officer.

Second Engineer Responsibilities

The Second Engineer shall be responsible to the Chief Engineer and shall undertake duties as allocated by that officer. He may be employed in watch keeping or day work roles, as required by the Chief Engineer. He shall at all times understudy the Chief Engineer and be prepared to take over his duties and responsibilities. The Second Engineer shall be the vessels designated Environmental Officer. He shall be responsible for the management of the company requirements contained in the Environmental Management system

Deck Crew Responsibilities

The Deck Crew shall in the course of their duties: Maintain the vessel in a professional manner under the guidance of a senior officer, Understand the work detail given during their time on board the vessel, if not they are required to seek assistance from a senior officer, Understand the need for risk management and safe work practices, Understand the definition of confined space areas on the vessel, and While handling dangerous goods to understand and be competent in the use of the MSDS.

Emergency Responsibilities:

The Deck Crew shall in the course of their duties: Assist the Chief Mate in carrying out any response necessary during an emergency situation, Maintain an awareness of his/her emergency responsibilities whilst serving on board the vessel, and Develop a keen awareness for hazards and dangerous events and report these to the Chief Mate before an incident occurs.

SMS Responsibilities:

The Deck Crew shall in the course of their duties: Report any near misses, unsafe work practices and injuries to the Chief Mate, Observe all PPE requirements and other controls as per the SMS system, and Maintain an awareness of his or her emergency responsibilities whilst serving onboard the vessel.

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  1. SMS is an important aspect of the International safety management (ISM) code and it details all the important policies, practices, and procedures that are to be followed in order to ensure safe functioning of ships at the sea. All commercial vessels are required to establish safe ship management procedures. SMS forms one of the important parts of the ISM code.

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