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crew a person working on board a ship
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agent one who acts for another, as in a shipping agent who serves the shipowners in a foreign port by looking after the ship's interests; some of the duties include arranging for pilotage, crew change, etc.; also known as port agent or ship's agent
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all hands all crew members
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bareboat charter a type of charter in which the shipowner provides only the ship and gives the charterer complete control, management and operation of the vessel for an agreed leasing period; the charterer has to appoint the crew and pay all operating costs including stores and bunkers; also known as demise charter
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barratry an insurance term which includes every wrongful act committed intentionally by the master or crew resulting in losses to the owners or charterers, e.g. smuggling, concealing stowaways, etc. without owner's consent
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combi-tug a conventional single screw tug equipped additionally with an azimuthing propulsion unit beneath the bow to improve manoeuvrability
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complement the number of crew members required to man a ship
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cycloidal propeller a propulsion unit consisting of a series of upright blades fitted to a hub that rotates about a vertical axis; the hydrofoil-shaped blades moves in a circular path at constant speed; when their pitch is changed at different positions along the orbit, a propulsive thrust is produced in a corresponding direction; this propulsion unit offers a greater degree of control than a conventional screw propeller as the thrust can be applied in any direction and has better manoeuvrability when going astern; also known as Voith Schneider propeller after their inventors, Ernst Schneider and JM Voith in 1928
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idler crew member who works only in the day time and does not keep night duty; also refers to those off duty or watch and not engaged in ship's work
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Inchmaree Clause named after a ship, this marine insurance clause was introduced in 1887 to insure against damage caused by crew negligence
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jump ship to absent oneself from a ship; the said crew then becomes an illegal immigrant in the country without proper document
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lifeboat a small boat carried on a ship and designed to sustain lives of crew and passengers if the ship has to be abandoned at sea; required to be provided onboard ocean going ships
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mess deck deck on which the crew's mess room is located
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mess man one of the crew who works under the supervision of the First Cook and performs various tasks such as cleaning and routine hygiene maintenance of various equipment
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mess room a place where crew members take their meals
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petty officer a crew member who ranks between officer and rating, and is in charge of the ratings
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plank holder the first crew to take a new ship to sea
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screw tug tug with one or more screw propellers fitted at the stern and driven by non-steerable propeller shafts
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steamboat ratchet a device using a screw thread to tension the steel wire ropes connecting the pusher tug to barge; this method is widely used in the USA
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steward one of the crew member whose job is to serve the officers, crew, and passengers in a ship, and to clean and maintain the public and living spaces
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supernumerary one who handles extra operation on board in addition to the core crew which is required to maintain satisfactorily various vessel's operations
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tugger winch a small drum winch designed to assist the crew in manipulating the heavy pieces of towing gear such as chain bridles, towing plates and large towing wires used in anchor-handling or ship-handling work; commonly fitted in offshore vessels at the cargo deck area behind the superstructure
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