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The Complete Chief Officer (eBook)

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This informative and entertaining book discusses the role of Chief Officer and advises on the range of problems that may be encountered at sea and in port. It contains a wealth of helpful advice and is illustrated with short anecdotes from the author’s extensive maritime career.

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. It describes the extensive duties of a Chief Office and provides practical guidance on meeting the challenges, covering every aspect of the ship, operations, the passage and crew.


1. The Chief Officer
2. Your Company
3. Joining the Ship
4. Departure
5. Head of Deck Department
6. The Chief Seaman of the Ship
7. Steel Preparation and Paint
8. Ropes and Wires
9. Heavy Weather
10. Freezing Conditions
11. Relationships
12. The Chief Officer and the Captain
13. Stowaways
14. Piracy
15. Passengers
16. The Workforce
17. Training
18. Fatigue
19. Leadership and Attitude
20. Accommodation and Catering
21. Safety
22. Stores and Storing
23. Bridge Duties
24. Alcohol
25. Discipline
26. Enclosed Space Entry
27. Communication
28. Port Preparation
29. Ballast Water Management
30. Anchor Work
31. Port Arrival
32. The Gangway
33. Port Responsibilities
34. Pollution
35. Surveys
36. Cargo Operations
37. Cargo and Cargo Terms
38. Cargo Safety
39. Cargo Holds
40. Insurance
41. Dry Docking
Letter to a New Chief Officer

Witherby Publishing Group Ltd

Witherbys titles are developed using scripts developed by technical experts that are peer reviewed within work groups. Typically, they seek to improve understanding of the regulations, recommendations and guidelines issued by Industry.

Witherbys staff have significant expertise in the fields of navigation and hazardous cargoes as well as in the presentation of complex subjects in a graphic and easy to understand manner.

Captain Michael Lloyd

Captain Michael Lloyd commanded a wide variety of ships during his career, including passenger, heavy lift and oilfield support vessels in Nigeria. He served 35 years in the Royal Naval Reserve and for 10 years he represented shipmasters on the Council of Numast. He is a Fellow of The Nautical Institute and a Younger Brother of Trinity House.

Title: The Complete Chief Officer (eBook)
Number of Pages: 224
Product Code: WS1254EA
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-359-0 (9781856093590), ISBN 10: 1-85609-359-X (185609359X)
Published Date: September 2010
Author: Captain Michael Lloyd

Customer Reviews

The author has included some excellent personal and relevant anecdotes from his own career at sea which add to the usefulness and practicality of the book. Review by Review -Honourable Company of Master Mariners
There are many books which cover various technical aspects of the Chief Officer's role, such as seamanship, stability and business practice. Captain Lloyd's latest book instead gives an overall introductory and practical view of the role.

The Complete Chief Officer covers every aspect of a vessel's voyage, from the Chief Officer first stepping on board the vessel in port through to final arrival and operations at the next port. Along the route, he covers topics such as leadership, relationships, heavy weather and cargo work.

Technical documents such as IMO/ILO resolutions and guidelines are kept to a minimum throughout although there is reference to some of the main resolutions or guidelines that aspiring Chief Officers may not be familiar with, such as those covering ballast water, manning and fatigue.

The author has included some excellent personal and relevant anecdotes from his own career at sea which add to the usefulness and practicality of the book.

With such a wide area to cover, it would be difficult to go into great detail on any subject and it will be of benefit to those junior officers as an introduction to the role when read in conjunction with the additional technical manuals available. (Posted on 09/05/2011)
Highly Recommended Review by Alexander Dales
The Complete Chief Officer is obviously the fruit of enormous experience and a great deal of thought on the subject. It begins with a discussion of the nature of the job and then follows a logical progression from qualifying to joining a new ship and then looks into each segment of the Chief Officer’s sphere of responsibilities. Topics raised benefit from Captain Lloyd’s anecdotal asides which serve to give colour and depth to his analysis of the issues in each area. A thorough index makes this a readily accessible working text offering sufficient detail whilst not getting overly mired in technicalities. The Complete Chief Officer is a comprehensive work that will appeal to junior officers both at sea and ashore preparing for their Mates exams, and serving Chief Officers of any level of experience at sea.
(Posted on 03/03/2011)
The Complete Chief Officer Review by Fairplay Review
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, rather than a theoretical manual, dealing in the 'real world' of the sea and discussing the various problems that can be encountered by a first mate. Written in an engaging style, the first chapter explains how the chief officer's job can be best on board - but brings great responsibility: "It is your job to surmount these obstacles and ensure that the ship is efficient in all aspects where you have a jurisdiction." Captain Lloyd writes. Helpful advice on what to expect from different vessels are also offered, along with the swathe of chapters outlining the roles of persons on board. Every topic - from security to training to safety, ISM and even garbage disposal are considered - and very little of importance is omitted. Some useful advice is offered, for instance, in chapter 10 on the subject of cargo work in ice conditions with some tips on the behaviour of hydraulic oil: the colder the weather gets, the thicker the oil becomes. Therefore, if you do not have heaters for your hydraulic system, switch the motors on well before they are needed." Another impressive chapter focuses on relationships, and the co-operation between chief officer and deck officer, engineer, captain, bosun (chief petty officer, or right hand man on all matters regarding seamanship) and crew. Especially helpful is a letter at the back of the book, which reminds the chief officer about the importance of good seamanship. Witty, concise and written is a refreshingly direct style, this is a must-read for any aspiring chief officer. (Posted on 01/11/2010)

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