Crewdata Manual: THIRD OFFICER
The Third Officer should always be looking forward to understudy the Second Officer for promotion prospect and Ship Management confirms prospect for promotion is strongly encouraged.
The Third Officer is responsible to the Master for proper performance and conduct as a watch-keeper and navigator. He is the Officer responsible for the safety equipment and life saving equipment onboard. When duties involve the handling of cargo or ballast, the Third Officer is responsible to the Master through the Chief Officer.
The Third Officer is responsible to the Master for the following:
(a) For keeping a navigational watch;
(b) For keeping a cargo or deck watch in port;
(c) For the care and maintenance of the vessel’s signalling equipment, crewdata on board,including flags, lights and signal books;
(d) For the care of the bridge movement book and deck officer’s log book;
(e) For the security of the wheelhouse, chartroom and navigating equipment and instruments, including binoculars and telescopes when the vessel is in port;
(g) For the care and maintenance of lifesaving and fire fighting equipment as directed by the Chief Mate.