What Deck Cadets do ?

  • Sweep, mop, and wash down decks to remove oil, dirt, and debris, using brooms, mops, brushes, and hoses.
  • Load or unload materials from vessels.
  • Handle lines to moor vessels to wharfs, to tie up vessels to other vessels, or to rig towing lines.
  • Stand watch in ships' bows or bridge wings to look for obstructions in a ship's path or to locate navigational aids, such as buoys or lighthouses.
  • career-of-merchant-navyOperate, maintain, or repair ship equipment, such as winches, cranes, derricks, or weapons system.
  • Chip and clean rust spots on decks, superstructures, or sides of ships, using wire brushes and hand or air chipping machines.
  • Splice and repair ropes, wire cables, or cordage, using marlinespikes, wire cutters, twine, and hand tools.
  • Lower and man lifeboats when emergencies occur.
  • Break out, rig, and stow cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, or running gear.
  • Provide engineers with assistance in repairing or adjusting machinery.
  • Steer ships under the direction of commanders or navigating officers or direct helmsmen to steer, following designated courses.
  • Paint or varnish decks, superstructures, lifeboats, or sides of ships.
  • Overhaul lifeboats or lifeboat gear and lower or raise lifeboats with winches or falls.
  • Stand by wheels when ships are on automatic pilot and verify accuracy of courses, using magnetic compasses.
  • Lubricate machinery, equipment, or engine parts such as gears, shafts, or bearings.
  • Stand gangway watches to prevent unauthorized persons from boarding ships while in port.
  • Maintain government-issued certifications, as required.
  • Clean and polish wood trim, brass, or other metal parts.
  • Give directions to crew members engaged in cleaning wheelhouses or quarterdecks.
  • Examine machinery to verify specified pressures or lubricant flows.
  • Attach hoses and operate pumps to transfer substances to and from liquid cargo tanks.
  • Measure depth of water in shallow or unfamiliar waters, using leadlines, and telephone or shout depth information to vessel bridges.
  • Read pressure and temperature gauges or displays and record data in engineering logs.
  • Maintain a ship's engines under the direction of the ship's engineering officers.
  • Record in ships' logs data such as weather conditions and distances traveled.
  • Participate in shore patrols.
  • Relay specified signals to other ships, using visual signaling devices, such as blinker lights or semaphores.
  • Tie barges together into tow units for tugboats to handle, inspecting barges periodically during voyages and disconnecting them when destinations are reached.