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The list prepared by the master of a ship showing the full names, nationality, passport or discharge book number, rank and age of every officer and crew member engaged on board that ship and is one of the essential ship's documents presented to the customs and immigration authorities on arrival at a new port.



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LIFEBOAT DRILL

An exercise conducted on board every ship to familiarize crew and any passengers with how to evacuate the ship in an emergency. The master of every vessel is bound by international law to make the officers, crew and passengers adequately acquainted with the procedures of lowering and the use of lifeboats in case of emergency.

FIRST LIEUTENANT

  1. In the Royal Navy, the senior lieutenant on board; responsible to the commanding officer for the domestic affairs of the ship's company. Also known as 'Jimmy the One' or 'Number One'. Removes his cap when visiting the mess decks as token of respect for the privacy of the crew in those quarters. Officer in charge of cables on the forecastle.
  2. In the US Navy, the officer on a ship serving as the senior person in charge of all deck hands.

VLFO

(Vessel Load Free Out) - the loading and discharge terms for the cargo to be shipped, as agreed to in the charterer party. The vessel (carrier) pays for the loading of the cargo on board the ship and the receiver pays for the discharge of the cargo from the ship to the pier.

SHIP SECURITY OFFICER

Is the person on board the vessel, accountable to the master, designated by the Company as responsible for the security of the ship, including implementation and maintenance of the ship security plan and for the liaison with the company security officer and the port facility security officers.

VESSEL LOAD FREE OUT

(VLFO) - The loading and discharge terms for the cargo to be shipped, as agreed to in the charterer party. The vessel (carrier) pays for the loading of the cargo on board the ship and the receiver pays for the discharge of the cargo from the ship to the pier.

SHIP'S ARTICLES

A written agreement between the master of a ship and the crew concerning their employment. It includes rates of pay and capacity of each crewman, the date of commencement of the voyage and its duration.

BAREBOAT CHARTER PARTY

A charter party under which the owner provides the vessel only or bare, and the charterer provides the crew, stores, cargoes, etc. Usually these charters are entered into for a longer period of time. Bareboat Charters can also be known as charter-parties by demise. The registered owner passes over to the demise charterer the complete control and management of the ship. The demise charterer becomes, for all effective purposes, the owner during the duration of the contract. The Master and crew are his servants and may be appointed by him. The demise charterer is a 'carrier' for the purposes of the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1971. This form of charter party often involves new buildings and may be used as part of an arrangement to finance a ship. The owner puts up the money for the purchase of the ship and the demise charterer operates her as the disponent owner.

DEMISE CHARTER

A contract whereby the shipowner leases his vessel to the charterer for a period of time during which the whole use and management of the vessel passes to the charterer, which involves that the charterer is to pay all expenses for the operation and maintenance of the vessel. Officers and crew will become servants of the charterer. A demise charter whereby the charterer has the right to place his own master and crew on board of the vessel is also called 'bareboat charter'.

MASTER

  1. The captain of a commercial vessel.
  2. A senior officer of a naval sailing ship in charge of routine seamanship and navigation but not in command during combat.

TOUCH AND GO

  1. The bottom of the ship touching the bottom, but not grounding.
  2. Stopping at a dock or pier for a very short time without tying up, to let off or take on crew or goods.
  3. Practice of aircraft on aircraft carriers touching the carrier deck and taking off again without dropping hooks.

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