Chief Officer is the
second officer after the Master on a Bridge of any vessel. His duties include
watchkeeping, navigation, cargo operations, ballast management, daily
monitoring of deck crew’s work as well as ship security management (Chief
Officer is most often appointed as vessel’s Ship Security Officer).
On offshore vessels
Chief Mate is usually required to have DP certificate as well; as these vessels
often perform operations in the Dynamic Positioning mode. On tankers and other
merchant vessels, Chief Officers work with specialized software that controls
cargo operations i.e. MasterLoad or K-Gauge from Kongsberg and so on.
Chief Officer’s salary
on Bulk Carrier is around USD 6 600 -
USD 6 800. On Container ships, Heavy Lifts, Reefers, Multi-Purpose and
Passenger ships, Chief Mate’s salary ranges from USD 5 000 to USD 6 500 depending on the vessel and the seaman's
Vessels such as
General Cargo, Coaster, Fishing will provide less favorable conditions and wage
rate from USD 3 000 to USD 3 800 per
In the oil and gas
sector, salaries start from USD 8 500
for Oil Products Tanker, make an intermediate stop at USD 10 000 - USD 11 000 for Crude Oil and Chemical Tankers; and reach USD 16 000 on LPG / LNG tankers.
Chief Mate employed in
offshore sector earns from USD 110 -150
on a Crew Boat or small AHT and up to USD
300-350 and more on larger vessels equipped with DP systems.