Vitus Marine

POSITION: Deckineer

COMPANY: Vitus Marine


The Deckineer position is designed for the employee to function as a Deckhand, but to also assume some of the routine duties of a vessel operating engineer. This positions’ duties include handling lines and rigging during docking, undocking, and other activities. Standing wheelhouse watch as helmsman when required for docking, undocking and other evolutions. Assist in radio message relaying, performing tasks as necessary to keep the vessel clean, safe and in good order. Performing vessel maintenance, assisting the Engineer with maintenance and repair duties throughout the engine department of the vessel, taking routine engine readings of fuel consumption, fluid levels, pressure and temperature indicators as assigned.


  • Handle lines and rigging during docking and undocking activities
  • Stand wheelhouse watch as helmsman when required for docking, undocking and other evolutions. Assist in radio message relays
  • Performs tasks necessary to keep vessel clean, safe, and in good order including but not limited to cooking, cleaning galley, heads and shared living space, washing windows as directed
  • Perform vessel maintenance including, but not limited to cleaning, scraping, painting, washing outside windows, scrubbing assigned areas, repairing rope and running gear, assisting Engineer and Tankerman and cooking
  • Participates in drills and responds as emergency team member during vessel emergencies
  • Assist Engineer in regular engine room inspections, maintenance and repair duties
  • Takes routine engine readings of fuel consumption, fluid levels, pressure and temperature indicators as assigned
  • Assists in fuel barge / cargo transfers as directed
  • Any other duties as required to ensure safe and efficient vessel operations
  • It is the responsibility of the crew to:
    • Adhere to the provisions of the COI;
    • USCG Sub-Chapter M requirements;
    • Comply with the applicable provisions of USCG Subchapter M;
    • Comply with the TSMS, if one is applicable to the vessel;
    • Ensure that the master or officer in charge of a navigational watch is made aware of all known aspects of the condition of the vessels, including;
      • Those vessels being pushed, pulled, or hauled alongside; and
      • Equipment and other accessories used for pushing, pulling, or hauling alongside other vessels
    • Minimize any distraction from the operation of the vessel or performance of duty; and
  • Report unsafe conditions to the master or officer in charge of a navigational watch and take effective action to prevent accidents.
  • Must be able to adhere to all company policies, United States Coast Guard and environmental regulations

Critical features of this job are described above. They may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.


  • Prefer AB
  • Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC)
  • Drug-free certification


  • High School Education.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The standard work schedule is continuous from April through October for seasonal Alaska operations; however, this work schedule may vary. The seven days per week daily work schedule is usually divided into two six-hour watches, for a total of a 12-hour work day. The forward watch is from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. The after watch runs from 12 noon to 6 p.m. and 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. Hours for the call watch may vary according to the operational demands of the vessel.

Standard deckhand duties include making tow, transferring rigging, laying rigging, handling lines, shifting barges, dropping or picking up barges, checking the tow, moving and operating portable pumps, assisting in making locks or bridges, assisting in mid-stream transfers, routine housekeeping duties, and general maintenance. In addition, deckhands may be required to catch a line on deck fittings, work lines at locks, cast lines free when getting underway, and assist in the navigation of the boat. Specific duties for the forward and after watches are detailed in the deckhand duty board aboard the boat. These duties will be performed during all types of weather, night and day, and while the vessel is underway, docked or at anchor.

Deckhands are required to launch, use, and ride in a skiff from time to time. They may be required to mount the outboard motor, participate in emergency evaluations, and recover the skiff when small boat operations have been completed. These procedures require a deckhand to work on a moving platform where an individual’s balance may be critical.

Deckhands are required to use hand tools, power tools, painting equipment, and personal protective gear. Power tools may be heavy or awkward and generate dust or loud noise.

Deckhands are frequently required to move equipment that is heavy or awkward. Moving this equipment may require more than one person in order to move or lift the item safely. No deckhand should lift more than he can safely handle. It is the responsibility of the individual deckhand to request assistance from other members of the crew when he feels it is necessary.

Medical facilities are not readily available in many areas of the company area of operation along In some instances a lengthy delay in obtaining medical assistance or medicine may occur. Anyone needing medicine or periodic medical treatment is responsible for obtaining such treatment or medicine during his time off the boat.

It is the responsibility of every Vitus Marine crewmember to report to the vessel in a timely manner, fit and ready for duty.

The deckhand must be capable of performing his emergency duties as listed in the vessel’s Station Bill without endangering himself or his vessel.

All crewmembers must be able to read and write English well enough to understand written directives which directly affect their job duties or emergency assignments or as necessary to complete their job assignments.

Works in engine room in hot, wet, humid, noisy, and odorous conditions. Occasionally exposed to paints, solvents, thinners, and fumes.
Physical/Mental Demands:

  • Sitting: Sits to complete logs and reports
  • Climbs/jumps from pier to vessel and vice versa
  • Balancing: Balances continuously on vessel in various sea and weather conditions
  • Kneels, crouches, and crawls to pick up tools and perform checks, repairs, and general maintenance of machinery
  • Twists and reaches around equipment to perform checks and repairs
  • Stands/walks while performing engine checks and repairs
  • Handles/fingers hand tools, hand-held power tools, and parts
  • Coordinates movements to perform engineer and general maintenance duties
  • 20/40 correctable vision in each eye to work with equipment and machinery.
  • Color vision is required to distinguish color-coded systems and liquid chemicals
  • Pushes, pulls, lifts, and carries machinery up to 50 pounds.
  • Work independently
  • Work in teams
  • Problem solve, project manage, think ahead
  • Use a computer as well as more basic means of communicating and documenting
  • Provide conflict resolution, communicate in a respectful manner, maintain civility
  • Follow and create basic instructions

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Posted February 11, 2021

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