Supercargo

Plan and coordinate loading and unloading of ships' cargoes.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$26,000 – $66,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Supercargos do?

Plans and coordinates loading and unloading of ships’ cargo and prepares reports on type, amount, and condition of cargo to protect company from claims for damage or shortage: Examines cargo lists to determine types of cargo that can be loaded together. Prepares loading and stowage plan to ensure that weight of cargo is equally distributed in hatches. Informs shippers and supervisor of CARGO CHECKERS of loading time and point, and supervisors of STEVEDORES II of cargo to load and location of load. Prepares reports, such as tonnage carried, breakage, overages, and shortages. Acts as agent of shipowners in foreign ports.


Should I be a Supercargo?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • How to become a Supercargo

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