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  • 1) Performs following tasks on board ship to watch for obstructions in vessel's path and to maintain equipment and structures: Stands watch at bow or on wing of bridge to look for obstructions in path of vessel.

  • 2) Measures depth of water in shallow or unfamiliar waters, using leadline, and telephones or shouts information to bridge.

  • 3) Turns wheel on bridge or uses emergency steering apparatus to steer vessel as directed by MATE, SHIP.

  • 4) Breaks out, rigs, overhauls, and stows cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear.

  • 5) Overhauls lifeboats and lifeboat gear and lowers or raises lifeboats with winch or falls.

  • 6) Paints and chips rust on deck or superstructure of ship.

  • 7) Must hold certificate issued by U.

  • 8) S.

  • 9) Government.

  • 10) When working aboard vessels carrying liquid cargoes, must hold tanker operator's certificate.

  • 11) May stow or remove cargo from ship's hold.

  • 12) May be concerned with only one phase of duties, as maintenance of ship's gear and decks or watch duties, and be known as Deckhand, Maintenance; Watchstander.


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