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Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council » Junior Deck Hand


Junior Deck Hand

A Deck Hand is an entry level position within the shipping industry. Deck Hands undertake a wide range of fishery and maritime work, both on land and at sea and they work closely with the Master/Engineer to ensure the safety of the vessel, passengers and crew on board a vessel.

The responsibilities of a Deck Hand include:

  • Assisting in berthing and unberthing vessels
  • Maintenance duties such as greasing machinery, cleaning and painting
  • Watchkeeping
  • Operate dinghies and dories
  • Operate winches and other deck equipment
  • Assisting in various other duties as required

Deck Hand’s duties can vary depending on the type of vessel they work on. A fishing vessel may require the use of pots, lines and scuba equipment, whereas a recreational or charter vessel may require hospitality services such as taking care of passengers, table preparation, and serving drinks and food. The position of Deck Hand is also the starting point for career progression to being a Coxswain, Master and/or Engineer.

Enter Qualifications

Workers must hold a First Aid Certificate and a current certificate of medical fitness that certifies they meet required medical and eyesight standards.

Training Qualification:

  • Certificate I in Transport Distribution (Maritime Operations)
  • Certificate II in Transport Distribution (Maritime Operations)
  • Certificate III in Transport Distribution (Maritime Operations)

Estimated Salary

A Deck Hand can expect to earn upwards of $27,000 per year.

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PUBLISHED IN Latest News ON November 13, 2012