Master is a senior
officer aboard any merchant or offshore vessel; and it appears that Captain’s
duties are almost the same regardless of the fleet type:
Safe and efficient navigation of the vessel;
cooperation with pilot and coastal authorities;
Ensuring compliance with all international and
local maritime standards and regulations;
Preparation for PSCs as well as various
inspections and surveys of the vessel;
Master is also responsible for his/her crew’s
adherence to the principles of SMS, MARPOL, MLC, ISM and other maritime codes
and conventions as well as company’s policy;
Captain is in charge of cargo on board vessel
and the efficiency of cargo operations in port;
In addition, he/she carries out ship accounting
and confirms crew’s pay slips;
Conducts fire fighting and sea survival drills,
ensures the fire drill logs are kept in order;
Master also takes security precautions and is
in charge of medical supplies.
However, every ship
type makes its own demand on Master. For instance, on Chemical Tankers, Master
must be able to handle toxic substances without harm to the health of the crew
and the environment; while offshore vessels usually require Captains to be
experienced DP officers.
The wage rate
difference for the position is quite significant. Master on a General Cargo or
Multi-purpose vessel will get about USD
on Passenger ships and Coasters have the same starting rate, however the numbers
might be higher depending on the class of the vessel.
Master on a Container
Ship, Bulk Carrier, Heavy-lift Vessel or Reefer usually has a salary between USD 7,500 and USD 9,000
depending on the size of the vessel and equipment installed on onboard as well
as the experience of the captain.
Oil and gas sector
traditionally provides higher salaries due to the more imposing responsibility
and considerable training required.
Masters on the Oil and Chemical Tankers, earn fromUSD 11,000 to USD
13,000 while Captain’s salary on LNG / LPG carrier start from USD 13,000.
In offshore sector Captains get from USD 200 - 250 per day (small AHT, PSV)
and up to USD 400 - 450 in case of
large AHTS DP2, MRSV, Seismic Vessel, etc. Jack up rigs provide a salary of USD 800 per day and more.