Jobs on board

Chief mate, bosun, third officer – who actually does what on a large cargo ship? 
Find out more about the different tasks on board soon.
Kapitän

Master

The master has overall command of the vessel. He is the official representative of the shipping company and ensures the smooth operation of the vessel.

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Erster Nautischer Offizier

Chief Officer

The chief officer acts as deputy to the master. In addition to his duties as a watch officer, he is responsible for keeping the master informed about all aspects of ship operation, cargo issues, crewing problems, and any deficiencies or irregularities.

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Zweiter Nautischer Offizier

Second Officer

In addition to his duties as a watch officer, the second officer is responsible for carrying out the role of navigational officer.

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Dritter Nautischer Offizier

Third Officer

In addition to his duties as a watch officer the third officer is responsible for performing the role of safety officer.

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Leitender Ingenieur

Chief Engineer

The chief engineer is in charge of the engine department and engine crew.

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Zweiter Ingenieur

Second Engineer

In addition to his duties as a technical watch engineer, the second engineer leads the engineering team.

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Dritter Ingenieur

Third Engineer

In addition to his duties as a watch engineer, the third/fourth engineer is responsible for the following:

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Vierter Ingenieur

Fourth Engineer

In addition to his duties as a watch engineer, the third/fourth engineer is responsible for the following:

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Schiffselektriker

Electrician

The electrician carries out work on electrical and electronic units on board.

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Bootsmann

Bosun

The bosun leads the deck hands and is responsible for the monitoring and execution of all work performed on deck.

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Vollmatrose

Able Seaman

The able seaman supports the watch officers on the bridge, standing watch or acting as helmsman, for example.

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Leichtmatrose

Ordinary Seaman

The tasks of the ordinary seaman are identical to those of the able seaman.

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Storekeeper / Schlosser

Fitter

The fitter puts consumable supplies and replacement parts into storage. He has practical experience in maintaining a wide range of auxiliary engine systems and is conversant with the safety measures that concern engine operation.

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Motorenwärter

Motorman

The motorman is supporting the watch engineer in the engine room when the vessel is in port or at sea.

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Reiniger

Wiper

The main task of the wiper is to clean the engine room and the connected operation rooms.

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Schiffskoch

Chief Cook

The chief cook has overall responsibility for the catering service and the preparation of meals on board. He coordinates the galley food supplies and equipment with the ship’s master.

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Steward / Messman

Steward / Messman

The steward caters the crew with nutritious and varied meals and serves meals in the officers’ mess.

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