Duties and Responsibilities of a Deckhand

• To obey all lawful commands of the Captain and Mate
• To report on board the vessel at the agreed upon time and location.
• To perform all duties in a seaman-like manner.
• To stand lookout and radio watches as required.
• To carry out all line handling duties as requested by the Captain or Mate.
• To carry out cleaning and maintenance as directed by the Captain or Mate.
• To be thoroughly familiar with assigned duties and stations for all drill and emergencies.
• To report and/or correct promptly the existence of all potentially hazardous conditions.
• To maintain personal hygiene (I.e. bathe regularly, wear clean clothes) and keep living areas in clean and sanitary conditions.
• To report promptly to the Captain and/or Mate the existence of any personal medical problem or injury including alcoholism and drug abuse.
• To assist in the maintenance of proper order and discipline aboard the vessel.
• To work to gain the experience necessary to fill this job and prepare to advance to positions of greater responsibility.
• To wear suitable work shoes while on duty.
• To see that all lines are secured and that the vessel is ready for sea as soon after it leaves the dock as possible.
• To check all towing and running lights at sunset and report same to Captain and Mate.
• To keep interior of the vessels clean. This includes machinery and storage spaces.
• To clean up the galley, pots, pans, dishes and cutlery after each meal and to return these items to their proper locations.
• To splice and care for all lines aboard the vessel.
• To have the appropriate Merchant Mariner’s documents.
• To act as a lookout for the Captain and Mate.
• To leave the vessel only when properly relieved or with the permission of the Captain.
• To wash heads daily.
• To wash down shower stall once a week.
• To dispose of garbage according to Coast Guard and company regulations.
• To wake up and get up immediately upon being called.
• To see that all life preservers are properly stowed and in good usable condition.
• To wear life vest at all times when on deck.
• To familiarize yourself with all whistle and alarm signals.
• To always step over manhole covers, not on them.
• To check ladders daily for broken or cracked rungs and rails.
• To secure ladders when setting them securely.


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