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The Complete Chief Officer

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The Complete Chief Officer

This book is for the young officer aspiring to the position of Chief Officer, or one who has recently been promoted into the position. It is a practical book dealing in the ‘real world’ of the sea and ships rather than the theoretical, and it discusses the various problems that can be encountered as the Mate of a ship.

1. The Chief Officer
2. Your Company
3. Joining the Ship
3.1 Questions for the Chief Officer
3.2 Checking Around the Ship
3.3 The Bridge
4. Departure
4.1 ETD
4.2 Departure Day
4.3 Trim
4.4 Cargo Completion
4.5 Bridge Equipment
4.6 Testing Engines
4.7 Stowaway Search
4.8 Crew Onboard
4.9 Securing for Sea
4.10 Departure
5. Head of Deck Department
5.1 The Ratings
5.2 Head of Discipline
5.3 Second in Command
5.4 Chief Cargo Officer
5.5 Accommodation
5.6 Safety
5.7 ISM
5.8 Navigation
5.9 Medical
5.10 Security
5.11 Training
5.12 Entertainment
5.13 Stability and Trim
5.14 Garbage Disposal
5.15 Water King
5.16 Enhanced Hull Survey
6. The Chief Seaman of the Ship
6.1 Ship Knowledge
6.2 Boats and Boatwork
6.3 Boat Maintenance
6.4 Boat Stores and Equipment
7. Steel Preparation and Paint
7.1 Costs
7.2 Surface Preparation
7.3 Hand Tools
7.4 Power Tools
7.5 Blast Cleaning
7.6 Paint
7.7 Types of Paint
7.8 Painting
7.9 Safety Precautions for the Paint Locker
8. Ropes and Wires
8.1 Manila Rope
8.2 Sisal Rope
8.3 Nylon Rope
8.4 Polypropylene Rope
8.5 Wire Ropes
8.6 Wire Rope Cores
8.7 Uncoiling
8.8 Handling
8.9 Care and Inspection
9. Heavy Weather
9.1 At Sea
9.2 In Port
10. Freezing Conditions
10.1 Preparation and Precautions
10.2 De-icing Tools
10.3 Crew Clothing
10.4 Damage Control
10.5 Cargo Work in Ice Conditions
11. Relationships
11.1 You and the Company
11.2 You and the Captain
11.3 You and the Chief Engineer
11.4 You and your Deck Officers
11.5 You and the Bosun
11.6 You and the Crew
11.7 Confidential Reports
12. The Chief Officer and the Captain
12.1 Support
12.2 Advising the Captain
12.3 Second in Command
12.4 Keeping the Captain Informed
12.5 Running your Department
12.6 Managing your Captain
12.7 Preparing for Command
12.8 Conflict
13. Stowaways
14. Piracy
15. Passengers
16. The Workforce
16.1 The ILO Convention on Hours of Work
16.2 Working Hours
16.3 Overtime
16.4 Planning the Work
16.5 Safety at Work
16.6 Planned Maintenance
16.7 Cross Departmental Maintenance
16.8 PPE
16.9 PPE Maintenance
16.10 Working with the Crew
17. Training
17.1 Rules of the Road
18. Fatigue
18.1 The Effects of Fatigue
18.2 Safe Working Ethics
19. Leadership and Attitude
19.1 Delegation
19.2 Morale
20. Accommodation and Catering
20.1 The Accommodation
20.2 Cleanliness
20.3 Bedding
20.4 The Messrooms
20.5 The Galley
20.6 Infestation
21. Safety
21.1 ISM
21.2 The Paper Chase
21.3 Safety Officer
21.4 Safety Meetings
21.5 Muster Lists
21.6 Drills
21.7 Boat Drills
21.8 Survival Suits
21.8 Man Overboard Drills
21.10 Fire Drills
21.11 First Aid Drills
22. Stores and Storing
22.1 Tools
22.2 Power Tools
22.3 Disposable Items
22.4 A Storekeeper
22.5 The Running Inventory
22.6 Stores Ordering
22.7 Storing Procedures
23. Bridge Duties
23.1 Watchkeeping
23.2 Lookouts
23.3 The Deck Logbook
24. Alcohol
24.1 Bars
24.2 Record Keeping of Alcohol Consumption
24.3 The Behaviour of those in the Bar, and Guests
24.4 The Crew Bar
24.5 Mixing
24.6 Bringing Alcohol Onboard
24.7 Banning Alcohol
25. Discipline
25.1 Warnings
25.2 Serious Offences
25.3 Disobedience
25.4 Theft
25.5 Assault
25.6 Drunkenness
25.7 Drugs
25.8 Bullying
26. Enclosed Space Entry
26.1 Enhanced Survey Programme
27. Communication
27.1 With the Office
27.2 With the Captain
27.3 With the Crew
27.4 With the Officers
28. Port Preparation
28.1 Planning
28.2 Cargo
28.3 Stores
28.4 Port Work
28.5 Medical
28.6 Official Visitors
28.7 Fresh Water and Garbage
29. Ballast Water Management
30. Anchor Work
30.1 Maintenance
30.2 Anchor Procedures
30.3 Walking out the Anchor
30.4 Heaving Anchor
31. Port Arrival
31.1 Pilot Embarkation and Disembarkation
31.2 Deck Preparation
31.3 Cargo Preparation
31.4 Mooring
31.5 Watchkeeping
31.6 Visitors
31.7 Security
31.8 Gangway Watch
31.9 People you do not want to see
31.10 People you do want to see
32. The Gangway
32.1 Gangway Maintenance
33. Port Responsibilities
33.1 Chief Officer’s Port Standing Orders
33.2 Shifting Ship
33.3 Garbage Disposal
34. Pollution
34.1 Bunkering
35. Surveys
36. Cargo Operations
36.1 The Cargo Log and your Daily Instructions
37. Cargo and Cargo Terms
37.1 Mate’s Receipt
37.2 Bill of Lading (B/L)
37.3 Deadfreight
37.4 Laytime
37.5 Demurrage
37.6 Notice of Readiness (NoR)
37.7 On-Hire, Off-Hire
37.8 Cargo Stowage
37.9 Stevedore Damage
37.10 Stopping the Cargo Operations
38. Cargo Safety
38.1 General
38.2 Tankers
38.3 Bulk
38.4 General Cargo
38.5 Deck Cargo
39. Cargo Holds
39.1 The Testing of Hatch Covers
39.2 Hatch Repair
39.3 Monthly Check of Hatches
39.4 Ladders
39.5 Lighting
39.6 Completion of Loading or Discharge
40. Insurance
40.1 P&I Clubs
40.2 Accidents and Accident Prevention
41. Dry Docking
41.1 Dry Dock Safety Meeting
41.2 In the Dry Dock
41.3 Dry Dock Safety and Security
41.4 Anchors
41.5 Completion
Letter to a New Chief Officer