Responsibilities Of The Abled Bodied Seaman (AB)/Apprentice Mate.
Required to work 7 days on (live aboard) 7 days off and not to leave the vessel without permission of the Master. While on duty onboard the vessel, to remain on call 24 hours a day. Must show stability under pressure and have the ability to withstand the stresses associated with the maritime environment (potential hazardous situation, short notice travel, and unpredictable weather extremes). All employees are expected to remain flexible with work schedule, tug assignment, and travel to meet company needs.
AB/Apprentice Mate reports directly to the Master or Mate (if onboard). The AB/ Apprentice Mate will fill the role of lead deckhand while showing interest in the wheelhouse. Will assist the Mate/Master with all vessel inspections and be observant of wheelhouse operations while on underway. The detailed explanation of AB/Apprentice Mate expectations is listed below.
- The employee is ultimately responsible for maintaining their credentialing.
- Hold a valid TWIC
- Hold a valid Merchant Mariner Credentialing (AB or Apprentice Mate/Steersman)
- Hold a valid USCG Medical Certificate
- Failing to maintain proper crediting will result in immediate demotion and or termination.
- Available to work onboard any tug in company fleet.
- Responsible for taking actions necessary to prevent injury/accidents.
- Wear appropriate Personnel Protection Equipment (PPE).
- Must conduct safety orientation of the vessel within 24 hours
- Must be familiar and understand Harbor Services Handbook, policies procedures, safety rules and regulations and abide by them at all times.
- Report all hazardous or unsafe conditions to the master.
- Must participate in all emergency drills and exercise.
- Must participate in weekly safety meetings.
- Assist with orienting deckhands
- Linehandeling, to include making or breaking tow, checking tow.
- Knot tying and making bits.
- Mooring and unmooring to docks, locks, and piers.
- Dropping, spotting, and switching barges at docks
- Transferring and laying rigging
- Standing lookout or riding the head of the tow as a lookout.
- Operating boat winch and or barge winch
- Assist with orienting deckhands
- Learning tug maneuvering (light boat, mooring/unmooring)
- Learning tug assignments and commands from pilots
- Learning wheelhouse equipment
- Various other tasks as assigned by crew and Master
- Chipping, sanding, and painting
- Perform deck maintenance.
- Shingling minor crack in vessels
- Making parts runs and supply runs to the office/store.
- Loading and unloading material to and from the vessel
- Various other maintenance projects as assigned by crew and Master.
- Assisting the engineer with machinery maintenance as assigned
- Filling potable water
- Complete BBenefits University training courses as assigned.
- Complete First aid/ CPR training as assigned.
- Complete formal maritime training as assigned.
- Accept wheelhouse training and orientation for the Master.
- Various other trainings assigned by Master or management
- Cooking meals assigned by the Master.
- Maintain personal hygiene at all times.
- Assist deckhand with Cleaning and scouring the boat. (mopping, sweeping, dusting, organizing, removing trash, wiping down)
- Assist deckhand with cleaning quarters, including personal quarters.
- Assist deckhand with cleaning common areas (wheelhouse and galley)
- Assist deckhand with cleaning Heads, passageway, companion way.
- Refilling drinking water, soap, filters, toiletries, paper products.
- Exterior cleaning (washing the exterior decks, house, windows, grill, removing trash from vessel)
- Perform other cleaning duties directed by the crew and Master