Under the supervision of the Master the Chief Officer is responsible for:
- The preparation of the cargo plan in compliance with the voyage orders.
- The checking of the cargo system to ensure that the intended plan will be followed.
- The preparation of ship’s cargo system and spaces for intended cargo.
- The monitoring of all cargo and ballast operations on board and personal supervision of commencement and completion of these operations.
- The operation and control of all cargo equipment.
- Producing his own written standing orders concerning the cargo operations which are to be well understood and signed by each Deck Officer.
- The monitoring of the vessel’s stress and stability throughout the cargo and ballast operations and during the voyage to ensure that they remain within the required limits.
- The maintenance of cargo records as required by the Company, Charterers and International regulations.
- The calculation of the quantity on board and preparation of cargo documentation as required.
- The checking of all compartments on a daily basis and recording the sounding in the Deck Log Book.
- Ensuring that empty tanks and void spaces surrounding cargo spaces which contain flammable cargoes are tested for combustible gas as far as practicable on a daily basis, and the results are recorded in the Deck Log Book.
- For monitoring of toxic gases vapour concentration in ship’s compartments as required.
- Maintaining the records in conjunction with the Chief Engineer as required.
- Applying the ballast water management practices and maintaining records.
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