All ‘hands-on-deck’ is the order when cargo handling is the task. As well, the types of ‘hands-on-deck’ needed to make it happen are wide-ranging. Ship officers typically work an eight-hour day, following a schedule of hours on duty and off. A deck officer is responsible for the management of the deck department. This includes navigating and piloting the ship, loading and unloading cargo, and seeing to ship's business, discipline, in addition to the well-being of crew, vessel safety, and security. Midshipmen are considered the ‘jack of all trades’ of port and harbor operations as they repair the engines, mop the decks, load and unload cargo, as well as navigate the ship to a berth on the dock.
The associations listed below represent organizations made up of people (members) who work and promote advancement in the field. Associations provide opportunities to network, develop professional relationships, learn more about a field’s trends and directions, and many even provide job postings.
- National Maritime Safety Association
- Seafarers International Union
- International Cargo Handling Coordination Association
If you think you are interested in a career in Marine Cargo Handling, there are programs at technical, community, and public and private colleges to help you prepare for this line of work. Use the College Search Tool to begin your discovery. Enter the keyword ‘maritime’ into the search field.