- A steward is a member of a ship's crew
- An individual must be qualified (skilled) to perform the role.
- It is a vocation.
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Stewards understand the basic elements of personal service and attend to the needs of passengers aboard a ship. Most people are able to attend to the personal needs of others when necessary but highly skilled Stewards display personal initiative and anticipation of employer needs.
If High Passage passengers are carried aboard a vessel, then, in Imperial Law, a steward is required. There must be at least one steward (who need not be professionally qualified but should have some degree of competency) per eight high passengers on the ship.
Although starship officer responsibilities vary across cultures and from ship to ship, the 4th Officer is typically the chief (or only) Steward. They sell tickets and arrange accommodations for passengers when in port; during voyages, they tend to the needs of the passengers (especially the High Passengers). A good Steward can arrange advance accommodations for passengers (for a “fee” of around 1% of the ticket price). A good Steward can make reasonable tips from satisfied passengers.
The individual has training as a servant, and knows the details of personal service, including meal preparation, domestic duties (cleaning, laundry), and general help.
The individual has training and experience as an executive assistant or secretary, and knows the details of service within the business environment, including scheduling, note taking, and correspondence.
The individual has training or experience in the handling of freight (designates goods carried for a fee by a ship) and cargo (trade goods bought by the ship owner and carried as speculation), including knowledge of proper stowage, environmental conditions, and quarantine and health requirements.
- This role is an additional duty for the Steward on a small vessel or a specialism on a larger one.
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Stewards may be streetwise, able to advise passengers on local customs, hazards, or interesting locations. They are in charge of shipboard entertainments and are often skilled at gambling.
The Head Steward is usually responsible for the administration of Crew wages and the purchasing of Fuel and Life Support Consumables and Comestibles. This financial responsibility is why the department in which Stewards work is known as the "Purser's Department" - because they hold the ship's purse.
An individual's skill as a Steward is rated by their Certificate:
- Level 1 (Qualified)
- Level 2 (Competent)
- Level 3 (Experienced / Expert)
- Level 4 or more (Master)