Deck department

The deck department onboard a ship offers a wide range of jobs from ordinary seamen to the captain. Job positions in this department include Captain, Chief Officer, 2nd & 3rd Officers, Boatswain and Seaman.

Captain/ Master

The Captain oversees the entire operations of the ship. He/she supervises the work of other officers and crew on board. Extensive experience including minimum 5 to 8 years in subordinate positions onboard ships along with all formal maritime qualifications such as a Captains License is required for this position. Fluency in English language is a must.

Salary ranges between US $6000-10000 per month.

Chief Officer/ First Mate

Working as the head of the deck department, he/she is second in charge of the ship after the Captain. The chief officer supervises the deck crew and ensures that personnel are working in coordination. He/she is also responsible for the safety of the ship and the crew. Extensive experience with a minimum 5 to 8 years of experience in subordinate positions onboard ships along with a maritime qualification is required for this position. Fluency in English language is a must.  This position has a possibility for promotion to the Captain.

Salary ranges between US $5000-8000 per month.

Second Officer/Second Mate

The Second Officer of a merchant ship is responsible for the navigation of the ship working from the bridge. He/she is also responsible for maintaining navigational equipment on the bridge.  A formal maritime qualification along with a minimum 3 to 5 years of experience in subordinate positions onboard ships is required for this position. Fluency in English language is a must.

Salary ranges between US $3700-4500 per month.

Third Officer/Third Mate

The Third Officer of a merchant ship is responsible for the safety of the ship and the crew. He/she undertakes the responsibilities for maintenance of lifeboats and fire-fighting and signal equipment.  A formal maritime qualification along with a minimum 2 to 3 of years of experience in subordinate positions on board ships is required. Fluency in English language is a must.

Salary ranges between US $2500-3000 per month.

Boatswain

Directly reporting to First Mate, he/she acts as a foreman of the unlicensed deck crew. A senior Able Seaman is usually considered for this position. Reasonable English skill is desired for this position.

Able Seaman

Able Seaman works as a watchstander or a day worker, depending on the requirement on the ship. When the ship is not moving, he may be asked to perform security related watches. A Merchant Mariner's Document (MMD) is a must for this position. Reasonable English skill is desired.

Ordinary Seaman

Ordinary Seaman or OS is an entry-level position in the deck department. An OS performs various general duties within the deck department. His duties include taking care of general needs of the crew and guarding the ship while in port. This position has a possibility for promotion to Able Seaman.

Cadet / apprentice officer

Apprentice officer provides assistance in various duties on a merchant ship, such as maintenance and minor repair duties. This level is necessary for further career development in deck department. This is the entry-level position that requires no previous working experience.