The OOW remains the Master’s representative in the absence of the Master, despite the presence of a pilot (exception Panama Canal). During any pilotage period he would be expected to maintain an effective lookout at all times. In addition, he would continually monitor the ship’s position by primary and secondary means and ensure that the under keel clearance is adequate throughout. His duties will also include the management of the bridge personnel and he would ensure that the pilot’s instructions are executed in a correct manner by the members of the ‘bridge team’. He would further ensure that the pilot is made familiar with the bridge instrumentation and advised of compass errors and any defects which may affect the safe navigation of the vessel.
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