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The author, who got laterally inducted into the merchant marine from the Indian Navy, had to put in considerable effort to learn the ropes of cargo ship operations. This included many hours browsing through reference books and preparing detailed notes dealing with cargo loading/discharge, carriage of cargo and stability considerations and of observing and learning from the incumbent Chief Mates and Masters. Particular attention was devoted to studying all aspects of the Chief Mate’s responsibilities and the tasks that they entailed on board a bulk carrier. The notes which were compiled in this process over many years have now been converted to this book.
The book which has chapters on all cargo and stability related aspects of a Chief Mate’s responsibilities and on his duties and tasks on board a bulk carrier, would be a handy ready reckoner for Chief Mates of these ships.