Master Captain

Master Captain is responsible for the wheelhouse, the crew and the  vessel. These positions exist on any type of vessel.

While holding a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC), the Master is considered the licensed, experienced officer and is in charge of the vessel.

There are different levels and tonnages of Captains’ licenses, including varying tonnage and waters  restrictions. For a detailed overview and checklists including the Mate requirements please visit the licensing career path.

As Master earns “Seatime” in combination with the required training, a Master can upgrade his MMC to a higher tonnage, different waters or Pilot license.

A Master may perform many duties such as:

(Example only)
Maintain the vessel log
Vessel Navigation
Supervise the Loading/Unloading of Cargos
Crew Management
Vessel Management
Ships Budget

View Bureau of Labor Statistics Wage Information for this position


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