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A beginner’s guide to the Baltic 99 questionnaire

A guide for anyone who wants to understand the Baltic 99 questionnaire

Chapter 9: Crew

The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and the SOLAS 74/78 require the issuance of a Minimum Safe Manning Certificate which states what is the minimum number/type of seafarers required in order for a ship to follow the international regulations and be seaworthy.

Also, the flag of the vessel may require a minimum number of officers/crew with specific nationality. Other than that, each shipowner decides on the number and nationality of crew taking into consideration various parameters like the cost, the safety of the vessel and the overall quality.

This paragraph of the Baltic Questionnaire requires information in regards with the total number of crew (paragraph 8.1), the name and nationality of master (paragraph 8.2) since there will be a continuous contact with the master and thus this information is important as well as the nationality of the officers and the crew (paragraphs 8.3 and 8.4 respectively). Officers are considered the seafarers with higher ranking in the deck (i.e. Chief Officer, 3rd Officer) or the Engine Room (i.e. Chief Engineer, 2nd Engineer, 3rd Engineer).

The information required in these paragraphs can be found in the vessel’s crew list.


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