The captain is at the helm of the trailing suction hopper dredger. He is the manager of the ship, and has been assigned the task of keeping it operational. He ensures that the vessel is readied before setting off and that the right crew is on board. He plans the sailing and dredging processes, is in charge of the crew and keeps the ship's administration up-to-date. Naturally, the captain also keeps in touch with the ship's owner and with the project client that he is working for.