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Career Details :: Marine Cargo Inspectors
Inspect cargoes of seagoing vessels to certify compliance with health and safety regulations in cargo handling and stowage.
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
A bachelor's degree is the minimum formal education required for these occupations. However, many also require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
- Times roll of ship, using stopwatch.
- Inspects loaded cargo in holds and cargo handling devices to determine compliance with regulations and need for maintenance.
- Calculates gross and net tonnage, hold capacities, volume of stored fuel and water, cargo weight, and ship stability factors, using mathematical formulas.
- Issues certificate of compliance when violations are not detected or recommends remedial procedures to correct deficiencies.
- Examines blueprints of ship and takes physical measurements to determine capacity and depth of vessel in water, using measuring instruments.
- Writes certificates of admeasurement, listing details, such as design, length, depth, and breadth of vessel, and method of propulsion.
- Analyzes data, formulates recommendations, and writes reports of findings.
- Reads vessel documents to ascertain cargo capabilities according to design and cargo regulations.
- Determines type of license and safety equipment required, and computes applicable tolls and wharf fees.
- Advises crew in techniques of stowing dangerous and heavy cargo, according to knowledge of hazardous cargo.
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General Work Activities
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Documenting/Recording Information
- Processing Information
- Reading Comprehension
- Information Gathering
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Critical Thinking
Frequent Work Context
- Responsible for Others' Health & Safety
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Frustrating Circumstances