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The Complete Chief Officer (eBook)

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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 discusses the various problems that can be encountered as the Mate of a ship.


No. OF PAGES: 224


There are many publications that teach the correct way of performing the multitude of tasks making up our profession. These publications can be helpful and many of the specialist subjects dealt with are essential. But what we are trying to learn constantly at sea, whatever our rank or experience, is how to blend the ‘correct’ with the ‘possible’ to produce a feasible result that will get us and the ship through another day unscathed.

Authors Introduction
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

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

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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