There’s currently 6 people onboard (3/M, AB, 3AE, QMED, Engine Cadet, Steward). I have been looking through CFR’s but I can’t seem to find anything pertaining to minimum manning specifically when at the dock and the company rep said this is common practice and they typically only leave an AB and a QMED to “babysit” the boat between contracts. Obviously I’m a little weary of that.
The COI says what it says and obviously it has a Captain listed on board and a chief engineer. As the third mate, I mentioned to the company that I was uncomfortable being put in this position since the vessel is a little on the older side and obviously responsibility would fall on me if anything was to happen to anyone on board. Granted I’m pretty sure everything will be fine, but I’d like to cover my own ass and I’m wondering if I’m making too big of a fuss about this? Any advice is appreciated, it’s a small company and this is my first time being put in a position like this so I’m curious to the legality of this situation.``