The Master is the company’s representative on board and has command of the vessel. He is responsible for the overall safe operation of the vessel. He must ensure the safety of the vessel, all personnel on board, cargo and equipment, and protection of the environment. He is responsible at all times for the safe navigation of the vessel. Accordingly, he verifies that the Bridge Officers are familiar with their duties and responsibilities and ensures that all voyage requirements are met. He is actively involved in the day-to-day navigation of the vessel, personally taking charge when the vessel is entering and leaving port, navigating in restricted waters or visibility, and at all times when the safety of the vessel may be in question.
He is a knowledgeable and seaworthy professional who is competent in enforcing and administering company rules and standing orders as well as compliance with relevant shore, oil and environmental pollution legislation. He guides his Officers in carrying out their responsibilities effectively and develops them for promotion to a higher rank. He is responsible to ensure that the commercial performance of the vessel is achieved, as a “Servant” of the Charterers. He is responsible to ensure that company management systems (statutory and voluntary) are effectively implemented.