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Supercargoes are expected to be familiar with a vessel as they normally have seagoing experience as a ship’s officer. Nevertheless, accidents do occur, mainly caused by carelessness or fatigue.
If a supercargo is attending the vessel, the Master should inform him of any peculiarities of the vessel and the cargo gear and draw his attention to potentially dangerous areas. If the supercargo is to sail with the vessel, he should undergo the basic familiarisation in accordance with the SMS. The supercargo should be requested to take the same precautions as would be expected from the crew, such as wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment – please see section 188.8.131.52 Safe working clothes – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – including hard hat and protective shoes.