Deckhand Job Description

Deckhand Job Description

August 26th, 2019

Also known as Seafarers, Deckhands fulfill basic duties essential to running watercraft like ships, ferries, and boats. Responsibilities may vary depending on the size and type of vessel, but Deckhands typically help keep the vessel clean and seaworthy.

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We are looking for a fit Deckhand with great active listening skills and the ability to work under pressure. The Deckhand's responsibilities include loading and unloading cargo or luggage, relaying important information to the crew, maintaining ship equipment, assisting with watchkeeping duties, and ensuring the general upkeep of the vessel.

To be successful as a Deckhand, you should be able to follow orders and obey all environmental and government regulations. Top candidates are usually strong and physically fit, and able to carry out instructions while observing the environment around them.

Deckhand Responsibilities:

  • Greasing and cleaning machinery.
  • Moving heavy objects around.
  • Using various ropes, knots and radio and navigational equipment.
  • Assisting during emergencies and effectively using safety equipment.
  • Performing general maintenance duties like painting, sweeping and mopping.
  • Preparing cabins for crew or passengers.
  • Cooking meals.
  • Serving food and drink to passengers.

Deckhand Requirements:

  • Physical fitness and strength.
  • Knowledge of maritime safety.
  • Excellent hand-eye coordination.
  • Willingness to work in harsh climates.
  • Certification may be required, but generally, on-the-job training takes place.

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