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Deck Hand

Also known as Seafarer.

Performs maintenance and lookout tasks aboard a ship.


Tasks Include:


  • handling ropes and wires, and operating mooring equipment when berthing and unberthing
  • standing lookout watches at sea and adjusting the ship's course as directed
  • assisting with cargo operations using on-board equipment and stowing and securing cargo
  • patrolling ships to ensure safety of the vessel, cargo and passengers
  • performing routine maintenance and checks on deck equipment, cargo gear, rigging, and lifesaving and firefighting appliances
  • attaching gear and fastening towing cables to nets
  • casting and lowering nets, pots, lines and traps into water
  • preparing lines, attaching running gear and bait, and setting lines into position
  • hauling in fishing gear and removing fish and other marine life
Specialisations
  • Barge Hand
  • Ferry Hand
  • Tug Hand
Job prospects for Deck and Fishing Hands in Victoria

Occupations in the Deck and Fishing Hands group include Deck Hand and Fishing Hand.

Employment prospects
There are currently 400 Deck and Fishing Hands in Victoria. Over the next five years, the size of this relatively small occupation is expected to grow. Employment prospects for the next five years are good.

For more information about this occupation at a national level visit the Job Outlook website. External link

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