On board ship every crew member knows exactly what he or she has to do and how. Jobs are divided into two main categories:
On deck we find the Captain, responsible for the vessel and only one authorised to act as interlocutor with departments ashore. At his side is the Chief Officer supervising loading / discharging operations and safety, plus a Second Officer and Radio Officer, one to oversee navigation and the other security.
Then we have the Bosun who manages the teams of Deckhands and Ordinary Seamen who maintain and run the deck and are involved in all manoeuvres in port.
In the engine department, the Chief Engineer assisted by a First, a Second and a Third Engineer is responsible for maintaining and keeping the engines running. His team also includes an Electrician, a Reeferman (in charge of refrigerated containers) and other Engineers.
And as for life aboard and the crew’s wellbeing, that is in the hands of the Chef and a Steward.
The quality of our seafarers and their skills may be essential on board but also invaluable ashore. Indeed, CMA CGM calls on its seafarers to develop training materials, to improve procedures and take on provisional assignments at the Fleet Center.
And when they decide to settle down on terra firma, they make excellent Superintendents or Ship Managers.