Deck and Fishing Hands maintain ships' equipment and structures, and catch fish, crustacea and molluscs.
A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.
- handling ropes and wires, and operating mooring equipment when berthing and unberthing
- standing lookout watches at sea and adjusting the ship's course as directed
- assisting with cargo operations using on-board equipment and stowing and securing cargo
- patrolling ships to ensure safety of the vessel, cargo and passengers
- performing routine maintenance and checks on deck equipment, cargo gear, rigging, and lifesaving and firefighting appliances
- attaching gear and fastening towing cables to nets
- casting and lowering nets, pots, lines and traps into water
- preparing lines, attaching running gear and bait, and setting lines into position
- hauling in fishing gear and removing fish and other marine life
- sorting, cleaning, preserving, stowing and refrigerating catch
- Deck Hand, or Seafarer
- Fishing Hand
Deck Hand, or Seafarer
Performs maintenance and lookout tasks aboard a ship.
Specialisations: Barge Hand, Ferry Hand, Tug Hand
Fishing Hand (also called Fishing Boat Mate)
Catches fish, crustacea and molluscs using nets, pots, lines and traps in ocean and inland waters.
Specialisations: Cray Fishing Hand, Prawn Trawler Hand, Purse Seining Hand