Seas to sail and horizons to reach. The Deck Department fully involves seafarers and turns their dream of freedom into reality. Freedom, but also (and above all!) responsibility. The Deck Department consists of highly professional and specialized personnel. It is divided into several sections, which all cooperate in the management of navigation, safety, and maintenance of the ship. Each has its own responsibilities, in-depth expertise, and extensive experience cultivated over the years, supported by an inevitable passion for seafaring. Part of the Deck Department is comprised of Deck Officers (The Captains of tomorrow!) and each of these Officers has a designated role. They all report to the Staff Captain, who takes on the principal responsibility of the department, managing and overseeing every detail. There are also Cadet Officers and Ordinary Seaman who assist these Officers in their work. All members of the Deck Department collaborate in working toward the success of navigation, environmental protection, and the wellbeing of all those onboard, Guests and crew, who have decided to sail the seas with us.

Organization chart and jobs descriptions

foto-captain01“Head of the expedition,” it is the highest figure in the hierarchy of the ship, in charge of all departments on board. He or she has no direct superiors, but is subject to the laws governing maritime activities. It is essential to have many years of experience onboard, technical knowledge to pass on to younger figures, and an almost innate ability to know how to handle interpersonal relationships, in order to stimulate the growth of human resources. The Captain is an extremely mature and solid person, who coordinates and ensures the full cooperation of Deck Officers, Engine Officers, and the entire crew of the ship. As decided by the Company and the Port Authority, the Captain is responsible for the ship in terms of safety of navigation, safety of life at sea, environmental protection, security, health, maintenance of the ship’s structure, machinery and interiors. He or she is also responsible for the Guests’ cruise experience, the level of passenger satisfaction, consumption, and revenue generated onboard.

The Staff Captain is the head of the Deck Department, reports directly to the Captain, and helps manage the safety of navigation and the running of the ship. He or she is a person with extensive onboard experience. He or she supervises the figures involved in Safety, Security, the Bridge, and the maintenance of the hull and ship structures overseen by the Deck Department. As the personnel manager of the Deck, the Staff Captain takes care of their instruction and management, with particular attention to the professional development of Officers. The Staff Captain is expressly delegated by the Captain as being responsible for accident prevention and Deck Department safety. He or she is in charge of equipment and instruments on the Bridge, the stability of the ship, and the holding and movement of water for drinking and for recreation onboard. The Staff Captain collaborates with the Safety Officer to maintain the efficiency of all systems and safety equipment (rescue, fire , etc.), and to jointly prepare the emergency drills.

The Safety Officer is a First Deck Officer with vast experience and extensive knowledge of safety issues. The Safety Officer is responsible for the coordination and organization of all aspects of emergency management, as well as the instruction and training of crew in relation to safety and accident prevention. He or she is responsible for updating and maintaining all safety documentation, including certification of personnel. Assisted by the Safety Trainer, he or she organizes Crew drills. The Safety Officer is responsible for the muster list, its contents, and its monitoring before departure as stated by regulations. He or she involves other Deck Officers in activities related to safety. The Safety Officer oversees the maintenance of all fire-fighting, leak prevention, and security equipment, according to national legislation, international regulations, and Company instructions. The Safety Officer assists the Staff Captain and the other Department Chiefs during visits to the ship by inspection bodies and internal audits, and supports updating, monitoring, and archiving of the ship’s certificates and statutory documents.

The Safety Trainer is a First Deck Officer of experience, with great communication skills. He or she follows the safety training of all crew, according to the regulations, procedures, and instructions in place, involving the other Deck Officers when needed. The Safety Trainer organizes emergency drills following the instructions of the Safety Officer. He or she is involved in compiling the muster list under the direction of the Safety Officer, and assists him or her in all duties. The Safety Trainer monitors and manages the personal certification of crew members.

The 1st Officer on Watch is a First Deck Officer with extensive experience in the conduct of navigation. He or she is the deputy commander during watch hours on the Bridge. The 1st Officer on Watch is responsible for the development and elaboration of the ship’s course and its cartography. He or she is responsible for the Bridge equipment and instruments. This First Deck Officer is entrusted to follow a Third Officer and a Cadet Officer and to assist them in carrying out various tasks and in their professional growth. The 1st Officer on Watch assists the Safety Officer and Safety Trainer in the technical operations that require his or her participation.

The 2nd Officer on Watch is a Second Deck Officer with experience in the management of the watch on the Bridge. He or she is a Chief Watch Officer and acts as deputy commander during watch hours on the Bridge. Depending on the watch shift, he or she is entrusted with two different details. As Second Officers of our vessels, he or she is entrusted with the management of water for drinking and for recreation onboard, and the correction of nautical maps together with the development of the cruise and route updates. As Second Deck Officer, he or she is entrusted to follow a Third Officer and a Cadet Officer and to assist them in carrying out various tasks and in their professional growth. The 2nd Officer on Watch assists the Safety Officer and Safety Trainer in the technical operations that require his or her participation.

The 3rd Officer on Watch is an Officer who assists and supports the Chief Watch Officer in keeping watch and all related activities. He or she monitors the state of the lifeboats and all their equipment, an activity for which he or she reports to the Safety Officer. As a Third Deck Officer, he or she is responsible for the management of certain practices related to Crew documentation. The 3rd Officer on Watch assists the Staff Captain and Safety Officer during the technical operations that require his or her participation.

The Cadet Officer is a student Officer with theoretical and academic knowledge, and can be defined as a young apprentice who must learn and engage in becoming a good officer. The Cadet Officer assists and supports his or her Watch Officer in all activities. Under the supervision of the Chief Watch Officer, he or she is entrusted with updating onboard logs and inventory of flags. He or she also assists the Staff Captain with technical and administrative activities. The Cadet Officer may also work with the Second Officer working as Sanitation Officer in following the management of drinking water, treatment plants, and leisure facilities onboard. In this case, the Cadet Officer carries out non-watch activities in the first part of the day and watch activities on the Bridge in the second part. The student still has to acquire all the knowledge, skills, and competencies that will enable him or her to achieve IMO certifications as Watch Officer, so all activities are directed toward the improvement of professional skills. It is the Cadet Officer’s duty to follow the teachings of his or her Chief Watch Officer and to pay close attention to all nautical and safety activities onboard. The path of the Cadet Officer’s growth is carefully recorded and followed through the personal Cadet Record Book.

The 1st Bosun is a figure with profound nautical life experience. The 1st Bosun is the Chief Service Officer under the Chief Deck Officer. The 2nd Bosun and most of the Ordinary Seaman in the Deck Department report to him or her. The 1st Bosun’s task is to organize all maintenance within the Deck Department, such as washing, painting, and maintenance of cranes, lifeboats, life rafts, and tanks of drinking water, maintenance of the hull and superstructure, internal painting, and baggage handling. During navigation, the 1st Bosun covers the driving position of the bow, under the direct orders of the Officer in charge.

The Chief Fireman is a figure of considerable experience, with particular expertise in the field of firefighting onboard. He or she reports to the Safety Officer. The Chief Fireman deals with the ordinary and extraordinary maintenance, testing and monitoring of the ship’s systems and safety material. During navigation, he or she remains near the pilot’s point of embarkation and disembarkation, and assists with operations for the positioning of the ship at the pier.

The Fireman reports directly to the Chief Fireman and is part of the Deck’s Watch service. He or she carries out planned fire drills, and takes part in constant maintenance and monitoring activities.

The Helmsman remains on lookout on the Bridge during navigation. He or she sends specific signals to ships in the vicinity, paying attention to marine traffic. At the express order of the Captain or the Watch Officer, the Helmsman is positioned on the steering column to guide the ship’s manual steering system. During navigation, if not assigned to the watch, the Helmsman stays at the bow or stern. If not on watch, the Helmsman performs cleaning, polishing of wood, brass and other metal parts, painting or lacquering of the bridge superstructure, lifeboats, or the ship’s sides. He or she follows splicing and cable repair on board, and covers the safety roles assigned by the security officer.

The Ordinary Sailor carries out work under the Bosun. He or she performs cleaning, polishing of wood, brass and other metal parts, painting or lacquering of the bridge superstructure, lifeboats, or the ship’s sides. He or she follows splicing and cable repair onboard, covers the safety roles assigned by the Safety Officer, and remains in operation at the bow or stern, carrying out the orders from the Bosun. One of the Ordinary Sailors is named “Pennese.” While maintaining the same tasks, he or she is also used to organize, prepare, and distribute the necessary materials for maintenance operations, as ordered by the Bosun.

The Deck Utility has two main duties. The first may be to maintain the ship’s interior and exterior. This Deck Utility is employed by the Bosun, carrying out cleaning, polishing of wood, brass and other metal parts, painting or lacquering of the bridge superstructure, lifeboats, or the ship’s sides. He or she follows splicing and cable repair onboard. The Deck Utility participates in the service of loading and unloading of passenger baggage. He or she holds the safety functions assigned by the head of safety, including launching survival and recovery operations on lifeboats, in case of emergency. During navigation, the Deck Utility remains at the bow or stern. The second main duty is to work for the treatment of waste. This Deck Utility is instead employed by the 2nd Bosun and deals with the treatment of waste, collection of local waste, division of waste, and treatment in accordance with the Company procedures and the indications of the Environmental Officer.

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