[quote=El Capitan;9327]The VSP does come into play, most undoubtedly.
You are supposed to have a STCW certificated SSO onboard at all times, whether it’s you getting a haircut, or going out to dinner. Not making sure you have someone onboard able to assume the duties in your absence; that shows a lack of responsibility.
Usually the top 4 aboard ship are trained as SSO’s (meaning the C/E and the 1 A/E), and at the very least it’s the Captain, and Chief Mate on each rotation. Some designate the C/M as the primary SSO, others designate the Master as primary. It doesn’t really matter in the scheme of things, as long as there “is” one aboard. And yes, it can be a pain in the ass. So what else is new.
In the workboat industry, it’s usually the Master, or Relief Master, it just depends on how the VSP words spells it out.
Jeffrox - Are you telling me that the MAA, or one of his designates wasn’t always aboard the ship? Being the SSO is a duty, just maybe not one that you’re keen on holding.
Why don’t all of you pick up your VSP, and a copy of the ISPS code, and sit down and do some reading.[/quote]
You can easily make an argument that letting anyone off the vessel, for whatever reason, shows a lack of responsibility, and be right 100% of the time, provided you’re the Master. You also have the latitude to go the other way as the Master.
Please provide the verbatim text that says “SSO onboard at all times”. I cannot find it. I know the SSO is required as is the Captain, but the Captain getting a hair cut or talking on a pay phone down the pier does not mean someone else is now the Captain. I don’t see where it’s different being an SSO.
I do agree with you’re opinion as a matter of professionalism, but opinions are not the common denominator of any code that we are subject to follow.
I can see delegating duties. That is not a problem, but I think it’s micky mouse bullshit to delegate “authority” to a person, by reliquishing being the SSO for a hair cut, and while you’re gone, you have nothing to answer for legally if something happens.