Duties Expected Of A Watch-Keeper
A deck officer assigned with the duties of watchkeeping and navigation on a ship’s bridge is known as the officer on watch (OOW).
Ship’s Position – Speed – Course: The first thing to be checked after coming upon the bridge is the position and speed of the ship.
Traffic Density: Look outside the bridge to get a clear view of the horizon and check the number of vessels around.
Weather Conditions: Check is the weather condition.
Logbooks – Checklists – Daily orders: Check the latest entry of the logbook while taking over the watch.
The readiness of the Look-out/ Helmsman: It is a requirement to have an Able seaman for look-out duties as a part of the bridge team. He is also required to steer the ship in certain situations of emergencies, landfall, approaches to port or constrained waters.
Miscellaneous Activities on Deck or Engine room
Ensure that the lookout is alert: . Rule 5 of COLREGS “Every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper lookout by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision.”
Inform the Master if Required
Duties expected of a watch-keeper Notes