What is a Deckhand?

Deckhands provide the labor required for vessel operations, from securing barges and equipment to the vessel, to performing the cleaning and maintenance to keep things running. Deckhands typically work 6 hour shifts, 14 days on and 7 off while under the supervision of the Captain, Relief Captain, or Wheelman in charge during their shift.

What does a Deckhand do?

  • Secures ropes and bales to barges and other equipment being moved.
  • Chips, grinds, and paints the vessels floors, walls, and ceilings.
  • Performs simple maintenance tasks such as checking levels of fuel, oil, and water, as well as re-filling/changing these as necessary.
  • Washes or mops the interior and exterior floors, walls and ceilings.
  • Performs basic housekeeping tasks such as cleaning the shower/toilet area, changing linens, and washing/drying/folding clothes.
  • and prepares meals including carrying and storing supplies/groceries, chopping vegetables/meats, and cooking foods after which he or she is required to clean up dishes.

Demands of the Job:

  • Working indoors/outdoors
  • Walking, stooping, squatting, lifting, carrying, and securing lines in all types of weather conditions including clear, sunny, rainy, and windy conditions. As well as very turbulent conditions such as Hurricanes. During a hurricane the crew will be required to ride out the storm aboard the vessel while securing lines that may break loose.
  • Deckhands will be required to lift and carry up to 100lbs and pull on ropes, lines, and cables requiring up to 120lbs of force.
  • He/she must have good balance as well as be able to stand/walk for 51/2 of the 6 hour shift.
  • He/she must be able to tolerate living and working in tight quarters.
  • He/she must pass a drug screening and physical evaluation prior to employment.
  • He/she must have a valid drivers license.
  • He/she must have a valid TWIC card.