Profession vessel operations coordinator

Vessel operations coordinators manage chartered vessels' transit and performance optimizing the schedulers but also assessing the capabilities and the risks for vessels according to the different types of cargo such as crude oil or other chemical cargos. They make sure all necesary certifications are according to the regulations and all employees have up-to-date passports and licenses. Vessel operations coordinators schedule and maintain records of vessels' maintenance. At the operational level they have contact with the customers, following up customer complains, identifying new opportunities and providing customers with solutions.

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  • Types of cargo

    Distinguish different types of cargo e.g. bulk cargo, liquid bulk cargo and heavy materials.

  • Physical parts of the vessel

    Detailed knowledge of the different physical components of the vessel. Provide maintenance and care to ensure optimal operations.

  • Principles of cargo stowage

    Understand the principles of cargo stowage. Understand procedures by which containers should be efficiently loaded and unloaded, taking into account gravitational forces that are exerted during transportation.

  • International Maritime Organisation conventions

    Know International Maritime Organisation (IMO) conventions in order to maximise the efficiency and safety of international shipping.

  • Match vessels to shipping routes

    Understand how particular types of ships are transport different kinds of cargo and operate on different shipping routes. Know the current maritime routes to plan and schedule the arrival and departure of ships from ports.

  • Deck operations

    Know general activities carried out on a ship's deck. Understand the hierarchy of a ship's crew and the tasks performed by different roles on the deck. Plan and coordinate vessel operation and communication between vessels.

  • Types of maritime vessels

    Know a large variety of maritime vessels and their characteristics and specifications. Use that knowledge to ensure that all security, technical, and maintenance measures are taken into account in their supply.


  • Ensure incident free execution of voyages

    Ensure incident free execution of the voyages of international charter ships carrying crude, chemical and/or clean oil cargos, and optimise chartered vessel performance. Anticipate any potential incidents and plan measures to mitigate their impact.

  • Coordinate the itineraries of vessels

    Develop, manage, and coordinate the itinerary of vessels worldwide together with other stakeholders.

  • Assess vessel capability

    Assess vessel capability utilising different methods and drawing on information from the deck crew; determine specific measurements and gather data for further calculations on the capability of vessels.

  • Supervise unloading of cargo

    Supervise unloading processes for equipment, cargo, goods and other items. Ensure that everything is handled and stored correctly in accordance with regulations and standards.

  • Calculate the amount of cargo on a vessel

    Determine the weight of cargo on tanker ships and cargo vessels. Calculate the exact amount of loaded cargo or cargo to be discharged.

  • Apply regulations on cargo transport operations

    Display knowledge of relevant local, national, European and international regulations, standards, and codes concerning the operation of freight transport.

  • Consider constraints in maritime shipping

    Consider multiple constraints specific to maritime shipping such as: the maximum draught of ships; the depth of channels and canals; tide measures; and the respective impact on load capacity. Create detailed scenarios and integrate them into shipping planning.

  • Develop efficiency plans for maritime shipping

    Arrange the most efficient use of cargo space and vessel movement, monitor the number of available cranes and dock space and assess the physical condition of ships and impact of cargo weight on the stability of ships.

  • Consider time zones in execution of work

    Work considering multiple time zones and plan activities depending on the voyage times and respective operating times of ports around the world.

  • Supervise loading of cargo

    Supervise the process of loading equipment, cargo, goods and other items. Ensure that all cargo is handled and stored properly in accordance with regulations and standards.

  • Conduct on board safety inspections

    Conduct on board safety inspections; identify and remove potential threats to the physical integrity of the ship crew.

  • Maintain vessel inventory

    Keep an up-to-date inventory for a vessel, including information on spare components, oil and fuel. Determine the amount of fuel that will be needed for a voyage; ensure that sufficient amounts of fuel are on board at all times.

  • Plan procedures for cargo operations

    Plan a series of logistical procedures for cargo operations staff. Ensure the implementation of plans to the original specification.

  • Advise on maritime subjects

    Provide information and advice on maritime laws, vessel registration, and safety regulations.

  • Negotiate prices for transport of cargo

    Negotiate prices for cargo transport; pursue maximum efficiency in logistics and transportation; calculate efficient routes for freight transport.

  • Provide expertise on tanker operations

    Provide tanker operations expertise and information to colleagues in areas such as assessing vessel capability, assessing risk associated with a specific vessel use, and interacting with in-transit vessels, to help achieve a desired voyage outcome.

  • Manage vessel fleet

    Manage a vessel fleet owned by a company; know the exact fleet capacity, maintenance requirements and official licenses required/held.

  • Establish draft annual schedules for vessels

    Establish draft annual schedules and maintain the schedules of vessels as requirements change.

  • Inspect maritime operations

    Inspect maritime activities and ensure that operations are performed correctly and in a timely fashion; safely operate lifesaving and firefighting equipment.

Optional knowledge and skills

use different communication channels work in a water transport team write emergency instructions for handling of dangerous goods act reliably use microsoft office have computer literacy adjust priorities use maritime english manage staff give instructions to staff

Source: Sisyphus ODB