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The Master takes rank and precedence over all Officers placed under his command. His first responsibility is for the safety of the vessel, its personnel onboard and for pollution prevention. The Master should therefore assure one`s self of the seaworthiness of the vessel and the safety of an operation before proceeding to sea or commencing the operation. He should satisfy one`s self that he is in compliance with the regulations and operate the vessel in a seamanlike manner at all times. In the event of an emergency, the Master`s authority is absolute.
The Master has overall responsibility for all shipboard operations and for ensuring that the Officers and crew are familiar with and discharge their duties safely and efficiently.
Liaise, consult and advise his operational authority on vessel tasking and operational matters as necessary.
Ensure that all instructions from the Operations and Technical departments Client or Charterer, are fully documented.
Ensure at all times the safety of the crew, vessel and cargo.
Be Chairman of the Ship Safety Committee (where one is held onboard).
Ensure all measures to prevent pollution of the environment are exercised.
Continually review and uphold the operational efficiency, moral and welfare of his Officers and ratings.
Before taking command of the vessel, he/she must be fully aware of all factors affecting the immediate operation of the ship. Upon taking command, the Master shall familiarise one`s self with all details of the construction manoeuvrability, navigation and other equipment.
Be fully conversant with Merchant Shipping Legislation and the requirements of authorities at each port of call. He/she is to ensure that the relevant provisions in such legislation pertaining to the operation of the vessel are fully adhered to. Familiarise one`s self with the specific status of the vessel and its relation to the standards as generally accepted in the shipping industry. Any deficiencies are to be reported to the Technical and Operations
In addition to Company Standing Orders, the Master shall issue their own -Standing Orders" to the Officers for the efficient operation of the ship. These are to include procedures to respond to emergency shipboard situations and the preparedness of the vessel.
Receive all relevant information on the safety management. Maintain procedures to control all documents and data which are relevant to the SMS to include Company policies, procedures, temporary instruction and communicate Company requirements to each department onboard ensuring that all Company requirements are fulfilled.
The Master should establish and review ship specific procedures for all tasks and key shipboard operations.
Risk assessments are to be undertaken in conjunction with the formation of SSP.
All shipboard procedures and risk assessments are reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that all records kept onboard and those submitted to the Operations and Engineering Offices and other authorities are completed neatly and accurately.
Make a daily inspection, where possible, of all parts of the vessel with particular attention to public areas, machinery spaces, Officers` and Ratings` cabins, food preparation areas, store rooms and galleys, ensuring that high standards of cleanliness, hygiene and preservation are maintained.
Ensure that all his staff are identifiable as CREW wearing the appropriate uniform or working and protective clothing.
Before departure on a sea passage :
Satisfy one`s self that the vessel is in all respects prepared for the voyage, taking into account such factors as, stability, stress, trim and watertight integrity.
Ensure that there are sufficient bunkers for the voyage, including reserve