The deckhand responsibilities include assisting on deck to handle towlines (large-diameter ropes) and wire (heavy cable) and associated working gear such as heavy chains and shackles. The mission of the tug is to shift barges between terminals and dock and undock ships. The deckhand is required to assist in making and breaking tow which includes working with heavy gear including shackles, chains, wire straps and lines. Heavy strains are placed on machinery and gear.
Knowledge Skills And Abilities
High School Diploma is required. Also must have a marine operations background; being familiar with shipyards, tugs, and barges. Necessary experience is dependent upon the individual, prefer minimum of 5 years sea-going experience on towing vessels. Must have TWIC Card, Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC), and STCW to be considered for this position.
The normal work schedule is between 30-60 days on and off depending on the job. Work shifts (watches) are six hours on watch and six hours off and so on during each day.