Sentinel Marine


Ship’s Master

Reports to:

The Managing Director on all operational matters. In all matters, which affect or may affect safety or the environment, the Master shall report directly to the D.P.A. In matters relating to the machinery, equipment, plant or maintenance of the vessel the Master shall report to the Engineering Superintendent. In all matters, which affect or may affect the security of the ship, the Master shall report directly to the C.S.O.


  • The appointment of a Master is recognised by International Maritime Law.
  • The Master takes ranks and precedence over all officers and crew placed under his command.
  • The Master has complete authority and responsibility for taking all necessary actions for safety, pollution prevention and the efficient operation of the ship. In certain situations this may mean a deviation from documented procedures
  • The Master shall exercise the disciplinary and punitive measures embodied in the employment contract to maintain discipline on board.

Duties & Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

To be medically fit, competent, qualified in accordance with international standards to S.T.C.W., or other pertinent regulations including the Company's own requirements for command, and be fully conversant with the S.M.S.

To ensure the implementation of the companies Safety and Environmental policy onboard the vessel.

To motivate the crew in the observation of the companies policies.

To issue any instructions and orders in a way that all the relevant personnel can understand.

To ensure any operational instructions for the vessel are carried out and recorded in the appropriate manner.

To review the SMS and submit to the DPA.

To exercise due diligence to ascertain that the vessel is in a seaworthy condition before the voyage commences.

To stand navigation, port and anchor watches to maintain navigation, communication and lookout.

To take charge when approaching or leaving port, when inside port limits, during restricted visibility or any other circumstance where the safety of the vessel or craft may be in jeopardy.

To ensure that either he or the Chief Officer is on board at all times, and the Chief Officer is aware of the Master being away.

To manage cargo calculations based on ullage, deadweight scale and the equipment on board to determine trim and stability in port and while handling cargo on location. This task may be delegated to the Chief Officer.

To manage all loading and unloading operations, in accordance with Trim & Stability booklet. This task may be delegated to the Chief Officer.

To manage adequate maintenance of charts and nautical publications. This task may be delegated to the Second Officer.

To leave instructions in the Bridge Order Book when critical situations are expected and/or the vessel is approaching a harbour of operation site. See note below.

To manage the composition and execution of a Passage Plan. This task may be delegated to the Second Officer.

To manage the performance appraisal of ships personnel on board.

To manage the signing-on / signing-off of all personnel on the Ship's Articles.

To ensure that safety and vessel familiarisation is given to all new ships personnel. This task may be delegated to the Chief Officer or Second Officer.

To maintain up-to-date the official Log Book and other documentation.

To supervise the Waste Management Plan and maintain up-to-date the Garbage Disposal Logbook.

To maintain up-to-date the medical locker and provide basic medical care.

Overall responsibility for the Planned Maintenance System (PMS) on board

To ensure that any accident or hazardous occurrence is reported to the DPA.

To liase with the Charterer, Personnel and Engineering departments.

To manage adequate maintenance of supplies/provisions on board.

To prepare an effective hand-over Report for the relieving master and discuss details thereof with him.

Execute measures to prevent and/or reduce pollution to the environment.

To act as Ship Security Officer and to implement the Ships Security Plan onboard the vessel


  1. The Master is not absolved from any responsibility for the safe navigation of his vessel while a pilot is on board.
  2. Specific legal obligations may apply under the national legislation of the vessel's Flag, such as power of arrest, etc.
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