Deck Hand

Deck Hands perform maintenance and lookout tasks aboard ships.
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    Overview

    Deck Hands perform maintenance and lookout tasks aboard ships.

    Day-to-day

    • handles ropes and wires, and operates mooring equipment when berthing and unberthing
    • stands lookout watches at sea and adjusts the ship's course as directed
    • assists with cargo operations using on-board equipment and stows and secures cargo
    • patrols ships to ensure safety of the vessel, cargo and passengers
    • performs routine maintenance and checks on deck equipment, cargo gear, rigging, and lifesaving and fire fighting appliances.

    Considerations

    • Physically demanding
    • Working outdoors

    To become a Deck Hand

    • You can work as a Deck Hand without formal qualifications, however, a certificate I, II or III in maritime operations or aquaculture may be useful.

    Skills employers are looking for

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