Job description Deck Officer - Water Transport near Grand Falls-Windsor (NL)

Find out what work is like for a deck officer - water transport in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Deck officers, water transport (NOC 2273).

Deck officers, water transport


Deck officers, water transport, operate and command ships or self-propelled vessels to transport passengers and cargo on oceans and coastal and inland waters, and supervise and co-ordinate the activities of deck crews. This unit group also includes Canadian Coast Guard deck officers. They are employed by marine transportation companies and federal government departments.

Job duties

  • This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Command and operate ships or other self-propelled vessels, such as barges or oil rigs, to transport passengers and cargo
  • Command and operate coast guard vessels to provide ice-breaking and search and rescue services, and to maintain control over ships operating in Canadian waters
  • Board vessels at berth or from pilot boats to advise ships' captains on the course to steer for safe passage into and out of ports, seaways or other waterways under pilotage authority
  • Plan and execute safe navigational passage using navigational aids
  • Determine geographical position using navigational instruments, maps and charts
  • Guide vessels in rivers, canals, and other confined or hazardous waters and waterways
  • Maintain vessels' navigational instruments and equipment
  • Direct and oversee the loading and unloading of cargo
  • Supervise and co-ordinate the activities of deck crews
  • Record vessel progress, crew activities, weather and sea conditions in the ship's log.

Job titles

  • ferryboat master
  • ship pilot
  • navigation officer, Coast Guard vessel
  • first mate, ship
  • ship's mate
  • tugboat captain
  • Coast Guard vessel watchkeeping officer
  • ship third mate
  • ship's captain
  • ship second mate
  • master mariner
  • deck officer - water transport

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