Are there any general duties of the OOW performing a deck cargo watch?
The OOW must have good situational awareness while assuming the watch during cargo operations. He/she must have solid knowledge of the status of the vessel regarding cargo progress, ballast condition and manpower levels amongst many other factors, to include:
- Relevant local and IMO rules, regulations and laws must be observed at all times when moored at a facility. The OOW shall ensure that all lights, shapes, and flags are displayed by COLREGS.
The OOW must observe the weather and report any changes to the Master.
- Efficient Gangway watch where no-one embarks or disembarks the vessel without providing ID details to the gangway watchman
Additionally, the OOW must ensure that patrols are carried out in accordance with the vessels ship security plan and fire-patrol plan. All restricted areas must remain secured or operated as shoreside personnel is used in cargo operations.
- Ensure a good line of communication is established between those involved in the operation, on a pre-specified radio channel.
- The OOW and ratings shall periodically monitor the water surrounding the vessel for pollution, especially during de-ballasting and oil transfer operations.
- While alongside, the OOW shall periodically check gangway and moorings, and take any action necessary to ensure the continued safe mooring of the vessel, considering local changes in weather and tide. Additionally, changes in the draft due to cargo transfer operations, ballast operations or bunker fuel transfer operations must be taken into account. The vessel must always provide safe access that is well illuminated and has a gangway net.
- OOW must keep the vessel in a stable and positive condition at all times during the operation. This will include the use of ballast tanks and heeling tanks to fix the list and trim of the vessel.
- OOW to ensure that deck scuppers remain plugged at all times.
- Ultimately, the OOW must ensure the continued safety of the crew and vessel during the operation.