Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading

Vessel Operator

Vessel operator is a firm that charters vessels for its service requirements, which are handled by their own offices or appointed agents at ports of call. Vessel operators also handle the operation of vessels on behalf of owners.

What is Vessel Operator?

A Vessel Operator is a company or individual that is responsible for the operation of a commercial vessel. This includes tasks such as crew management, vessel maintenance, and ensuring compliance with regulations. The operator may be the owner of the vessel or may have a contractual agreement with the owner to manage the vessel on their behalf. The vessel operator is responsible for ensuring that the vessel is operated safely and efficiently, and that all necessary documentation and permits are in order.