[QUOTE=Jyastine;9318]OK, dumb question, but I can’t seem to find the answer easily on Google. What’s the official name for the ship’s officer who supervises the loading of containers on a box ship? Wikipedia seems to indicate that it would be the Chief Mate/Chief Officer/First Mate/First Officer.
Any of the pros out there know if that’s accurate? Is that ALWAYS the case, or does port-operations provide a loading supervisor in large ports with sophisticated facilities?
Also, when the ship’s officer is performing his container-loading duties, does he have a different title, like “loading officer” etc?[/QUOTE]
the above names or titles are all correct, and no, not every port, the port planner is available, some ports you have to do your own planning, but in ports with good facilities you get an assist from a planner, but you have the final decision, factoring into stuff like Fuel, water, Water ballast, Trim of vessel, sufficient GM, DG stowage,(dangerous goods stowage), and so on and so forth, and if the view from the bridge to fwd is not blocked, and in any situation you have the final say, and when ops doe not agree, pass it to the master for his decision, as he is the person finally responsible for the safety of ship, crew, and cargo.
to tell you the truth ops usually wins, “cargo to be in lots, cannot be cancelled”, and you end up praying nothing bad happens until you arrive at the next port, and depart from there safely.
Being a loading officer is one of the many duties of a Chief Officer on board a vessel .
If you are thinking of going to sea…don’t…period.