Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Deckhand duties vary from vessel to vessel and from watch to watch. The Master sets the watch standing schedule and posts the duty list for the crew. The Master, or his relief, must ensure that the Deckhand stands the proper watch and performs the proper duties. These may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Operational duties
Making up the tow;
Dropping, spotting, and switching barges at docks;
Assisting the vessel and tow in making locks;
Standing lookout, or riding the head of the tow as a lookout; and,
Performing the various tasks necessary to carry out the above, such as making a coupling, operating winches and ratchets, and line handling, including splicing and throwing lines.
Check all fuel and oil levels;
Start / Stop generators and main engines;
Check all shaft packing for proper tightness;
Maintenance duties
Chipping and painting vessel and tow;
Shingling minor cracks in vessels after obtaining office permission to enter any void tank in accordance with applicable tank entry procedures;
Repairing of flame screens, cleaning, greasing winches, etc., in accordance with the boat checklist distributed by the Vessel Maintenance Department; and,
Other equipment maintenance as needed.
Housekeeping duties
Cleaning or scouring the boat;
Cleaning quarters, including personal quarters;
Cleaning the wheelhouse and galley;
Cleaning the heads and companionways;
Performing other cleaning chores as directed by the Master.
Safety duties
Reporting any hazardous or unsafe condition to the Master and making on-the-spot corrections when capable.
Other duties
As directed by the Master or his relief.

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