What do they do?
Ships officers command the vessel and are also called masters, skippers or mates. They work on all types and size of vessel. They have knowledge of running a ship; navigation, control, chart reading and hazard identification. They also manage cargo, ballast and fuel, and must understand maritime laws and safety procedures such as firefighting, rescue and collision prevention.
A typical day
Typically shift work, on the vessel.
Ships Officers may navigate and control ships, take charge of ships when on watch, arrange repairs, fuel and supplies, supervise the loading, unloading and storage of cargo, organise crew activities on deck and organise ship security.