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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 US Government.
- 8) When working aboard vessels carrying liquid cargoes, must hold tanker operator's certificate.
- 9) May stow or remove cargo from ship's hold.
- 10) 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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