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All deck officers stand bridge watches, navigating and steering the ship when it’s underway or holding position for scientific operations. Electronic, chart, radar, and celestial navigation skills are required. Medical training necessary to treat illnesses and injuries onboard. The captain and chief mate each work one 4-hour shift on the bridge. The second and third mates each stand two 4-hour watches.
Also called the Master: Commands the vessel and is responsible for its safe and efficient operation. Meets regularly with Chief Scientist to coordinate the ship’s activities with the operational goals. Ensures scientists are aware of all safety and shipboard procedures. Manages ship’s business including accounting, certifications, and other paperwork. Provides leadership to keep the crew functioning in support of the scientific mission.
Chief Mate Jeff
Supervises the deck department. Runs all ship drills and crew training sessions. Leads deck department in tying up the ship when it comes to port, and casting off when it leaves. As chief medical officer, maintains hospital supplies and contacts shore support for medical assistance if necessary. Plans ship repairs. Assists captain with record-keeping and logs.
2nd Mate Cameron
Navigational officer. Prints and uses charts to plot the ship’s course based on the plans of the scientific party onboard. Enters course and stations into the bridge’s steering and auto-pilot computers for use by all watch-standers.
3rd Mate Randy
Safety officer. Maintains all life-saving, fire-fighting, and general safety equipment including life vests, work vests, immersion suits, life rafts, rescue boat, fire extinguishers, flares, EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), EEBDs (Emergency Escape Breathing Device), and fire suits. Coxswain (in charge of navigating and steering) of the rescue boat if/when it’s launched.
Short for boatswain: Coordinates ship maintenance of equipment, machinery, and surfaces, including painting, line-splicing, needle-gunning (rust removal), and general cleaning duties. Trains and mentors A/Bs and O/S and acts as work leader for deck department’s off-bridge duties. Maintains small boat, also called work boat, which is used for scientific operations, personnel transfers, and ship maintenance. Operates ship’s cranes. Wins cribbage tournaments.
Able-Bodied Seaman, A/B (3): Works two 4-hour shifts. Stands a bridge watch assigned to one of the deck officers, to assist with helm duties and as a lookout for ships or other obstacles. On the day shift, each cleans an assigned level of the inside and outside of the ship (focsle, 01, or bridge) including sweeping, mopping, rinsing, and polishing. On the night shift, each makes rounds of the ship to ensure all systems are working properly. When the ship leaves port, assist with releasing and stowing lines. When the ship returns to port, throw and secure lines. Assist science operations, including loading and unloading of gear, as well as operating winches (spools of cable that are used to lower scientific instrumentation into the water). In charge of keeping laundry room, linen lockers, and cleaning gear lockers stocked and tidy.
Ordinary Seaman (O/S) Elysia
Works one 8-hour shift during daylight hours. Responsible for cleanliness of the main deck, inside and out, including sweeping, mopping, and polishing. Operates winches during scientific operations. May assist bridge watch.
Chief Engineer Paul
Often just called Chief: Oversees the engineering department. Responsible for operation and maintenance of all electrical and mechanical equipment onboard, including propulsion, water-making, electricity, ballast water, and waste systems. Monitors logs of fuel and water consumption, as well as temperature and pressure gauges. Coordinates any shore repairs and shipyard time. Orders supplies and spare parts.
1st Assistant Engineer Jason
Sets schedules and work assignments for oilers. In charge of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems and oily water separator, which removes oil from dirty water before it is pumped overboard.
2nd Assistant Engineer Sue
“Fuel King” is in charge of bunkering (refueling) operations, as well as purifying and transferring engine fuel and oil. Also responsible for water systems – creating drinking water through reverse osmosis and purified water for the labs using evaporators. Keeps daily records of fuel, oil, and water used.
3rd Assistant Engineer Sara
Responsible for sewage treatment system and grey water (shower and sink drain) tanks, as well as the bilge (water that accumulates in the bottom of the ship) pump.
Maintains all electrical and electronic equipment onboard, including steering, scientific winch controls, auto pilot, GPS, and communication systems. Assists scientists with power setups in labs and on deck, and any repairs as necessary.
Oiler (4): Works two 4-hour engine room watches helping assistant engineer with operation and maintenance of engine room and machine shop equipment. Makes rounds of the ship to check that all electrical and mechanical equipment is operating correctly and that all pressure and temperature gauges are reading normally. Operates winches for scientific deployments and recoveries. Named as such due to traditional responsibility of lubricating (oiling) the moving parts of the engine room equipment.
Day Oiler Dave
Works one 8-hour shift in order to overlap and train other oilers. Collects trash from shared spaces and runs incinerator. Operates winches for scientific deployments and recoveries.
Oilers Buck and Willie
Senior Cook Mark
In charge of ordering all food, drinks, and galley (kitchen) and mess (dining room) supplies. Working with the other cook, prepare three meals per day. On alternate days, prepare the main food items for all three meals or the side dishes and salad bar. Secure items in the galley in the event of bad weather. Ensures minimal food waste, and that everyone onboard has nutritional food options, accounting for allergies, vegetarians, etc.
On alternate days, prepare the main food item for three meals or the side dishes and salad bar. Cleans galley, mess, storerooms and walk-in refrigerators and freezers.