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Deckhand Orientation

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[♪ music ♪] [MARITIME TRAINING SERVICES INC.] Towing, pushing, assisting— workboats are the front line of maritime commerce. Out at sea and along our coasts, ocean tugs tow barges and vessels vast distances. Harbor tugs keep commerce moving in ports throughout the world, maneuvering increasingly large vessels in and out of their berths.

Inland, along lakes and riverways, towboats move cargo more safely and efficiently than any other mode of transportation. Deckhands make it all possible, whether in port, coastwise, or inland.

[DECKHAND ORIENTATION] With small crews and a hazardous job to do, safety is everyone's responsibility. To help you and your fellow deckhands stay safe on the job, you'll be given a safety orientation before getting underway.

[YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT:] During the safety orientation, you'll learn about [LIFESAVING EQUIPMENT] lifesaving equipment, [PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT] personal protective equipment, [EMERGENCY PROCEDURES] emergency procedures, [ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION] environmental protection, [TOW EMERGENCIES] and tow emergencies.

[LIFESAVING EQUIPMENT] The location of safety equipment will be different aboard each vessel. Factors like vessel size and area of operation require different lifesaving equipment. The vessel is required to carry at least one or more lifebuoys, which are positioned for rapid deployment. Life jackets are easily accessible in the accommodation and at each watch station.

If the vessel carries one or more life rafts, they are typically located on deck. If the vessel is required to carry immersion suits, you will be shown their storage location and trained to quickly don the suit in case of an emergency. Immersion suits can radically improve your chance of survival in the water if worn properly.

When worn at night, work vests, life jackets, and immersion suits are required to carry lights. Your vessel may also carry an EPIRB, which will be mounted in a float-free bracket. These are often located near the wheelhouse and may be placed on the mast.

The risk of falling or getting knocked overboard is very real aboard a workboat. The bulwarks on a workboat can be much lower than on a larger ship, and at knee height will not prevent a fall overboard. Be wary of leaning against the bulwarks for any reason.

Notify the officer of the watch if you'll be going on deck, especially at night or during inclement weather. You will also be instructed on fall overboard prevention— Man overboard! Captain, man overboard! —and the importance of alerting the crew immediately if someone falls over the bulwark. Portside! Portside!

[PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT] Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, is designed to keep you safe while on the job. This equipment will be provided by your employer and must be utilized while at work. Your company may require work vests, or PFDs, to be worn while on deck. And any work outside the bulwarks or life lines must be conducted while wearing a PFD work vest or immersion suit.

PPE may include eye protection, work gloves, sturdy boots, and hard hat. The use of a hard hat during ship docking is important, as items could fall from the ship to the tug. Proper use of PPE is up to you and can help prevent injuries that could affect you for a lifetime.

[EMERGENCY DUTIES] During your tour of the vessel, you'll be shown emergency egress routes. Depending on the size of the vessel, these may include hatches, stairways, or ladders providing escape routes from below deck.

During a fire, the usual routes of egress may be blocked by flames or smoke. It is important to keep all escape routes in mind in the event of a fire or other emergency, as safe routes may be located behind or above you. You will also be instructed on the operation of watertight doors and closures, which may need to be sealed during operations.

Depending on the type of work, emergency response could be minutes or hours away. The master of the vessel will conduct training and drills to prepare you for an emergency and the proper response to a general alarm. However, it is your responsibility to know what to do when the time comes to respond.

You will also be shown the location of any emergency fuel shutoffs, intake closures, firefighting gear, and fixed firefighting systems if on board. Familiarize yourself with these tools in case of fire.

[ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION] Workboats operate in waterways that are also sensitive natural environments. Every area of operation and company will have its own rules, regulations, and environmental policies. Garbage may never be thrown overboard. And other wastes are strictly regulated by national and international law. [Report any leaks of: Fuel] Report any leaks of fuel, [Hazardous Materials, Pollutants] hazardous materials, or pollutants to the captain immediately.

[TOW EMERGENCIES] Towing is a hazardous activity. And changing sea and weather conditions can radically alter the job at hand. The safety orientation will introduce you to some of the emergencies that can occur during towing operations and some tools to aid in tow recovery, like the Orville hook. In addition, you'll be shown potential hazards, like pinch points and areas on deck that may be unsafe while under tow.

Never stand or place your body between a line and the direction of force. This danger area is called the bite, and it can kill you.

[STOP WORK] Some companies have a stop work policy. If you see a potential hazard or danger, stop work immediately and inform the chief mate. Inspect all equipment, especially shackles and synthetic lines. Damaged lines may be vulnerable to snapback, an extremely dangerous situation.

After your safety orientation, you will be asked to document the training by signing the towing vessel record, official log book, or towing safety management system. Once training is complete, you'll work at the heart of the maritime industry, supporting the safe and speedy transport of goods on rivers, coastwise, and around the world.

[WE COVERED:] In this video, we covered [LIFESAVING EQUIPMENT] the location of lifesaving equipment, [PPE] important PPE, including footwear, gloves, and eye protection, [EMERGENCY PROCEDURES] emergency egress in case of fire or other emergencies, [ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION] environmental laws that govern everyday life aboard your vessel, [TOW EMERGENCIES] and dangers specific to making and breaking tow.

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Posted by: maritimetraining on Nov 18, 2019

Deckhand Orientation

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