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Chief Officer Jobs Are Key to Navigation

Chief officer jobs are very critical and requires much knowledge and experience in voyage.  The officer’s duties at sea are fundamentally on three aspects:  safely avoid traffic, navigate the ship, and respond to any emerging emergencies.

Along with able seamen, this officer stands to watch.  He can be collaborating with the lookout and helmsman.  In doing their respective duties of allowing the ship a safe voyage, the helmsman would be executing turns while the lookout would be the one reporting any kind of danger like an approaching ship. As important as these roles are, nevertheless, these can be combined to one lookout/helmsman, and can even be totally eliminated under some circumstances.

The key to safe watchstanding is being able to handle the ship in a smart manner.  The ship’s stopping distance and turning radius are affected by its trim, speed, draught and under-keel clearance.  In addition to these, there could be other influential factors such as wind and current, shallow water, squat and other effects.  When it comes to rescuing a man overboard, mooring or anchoring the ship, shiphandling is very critical.

Chief officer jobs would require the skill to be able to receive and transmit Morse light signals and the knowledge on the International Code of Signals.  This can be very useful in navigating the ship, which is a task challenging enough, given that the conditions to do so can be very daunting.

To navigate a ship, techniques of electronic, terrestrial, celestial, and coastal navigation are all need to be able to successfully fix the ship on a navigational chart.    The designated chief officer would be needed to direct the helmsman to keep track and account for the effects of tides, currents, winds, and estimated speed.  The officer needs to use information from nautical publications, tide tables, and radio navigational warnings to ensure that the ship will be clear from danger during the entire voyage.

Chief officer jobs would require the designated officer to be able to solve problems in controlling steering in a very quick manner and should be able to calibrate a system for that will yield optimum performance.  A good officer should know how to determine error in compass readings as magnetic gyrocompasses would show the course where to steer.

As the weather would have very significant effects on the ship and its voyage, the designated officer needs to have the ability to interpret and apply information from meteorological sources.  Chief officer jobs would therefore require its candidates to have expertise in the weather systems including the recording and reporting systems.

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