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May 11, 2024

Life on the Mississippi

A Day in the Life of a Deckhand, Tankerman, and Captain at Magnolia Fleet

Working on the inland waterways, especially along the mighty Mississippi River, is a unique and rewarding experience. At Magnolia Fleet, each role plays a critical part in ensuring smooth operations and safe transportation. Let’s take a closer look at what it’s like to be a deckhand, tankerman, and captain on one of our boats.
Life on the Mississippi

The Deckhand: The Backbone of the Crew

Deckhands are the backbone of Magnolia Fleet’s operations. They are responsible for maintaining the vessel, handling equipment, and assisting with various tasks. Here’s what a typical day might look like:

  • Responsibilities:
    • Tying up barges and securing them properly
    • Assisting with cargo loading and unloading
    • Keeping the boat clean and organized
    • Performing basic maintenance tasks
  • Perks:
    • Great entry-level position with no prior experience required
    • Hands-on work with a variety of tasks
    • Opportunities to learn and grow within the maritime industry

Being a deckhand is ideal for those who enjoy physical work and being part of a close-knit team. It’s a stepping stone to other roles in the fleet, and Magnolia Fleet provides all the necessary training.

The Tankerman: The Expert in Liquid Cargo

Tankermen are experts in handling liquid cargo, which requires specialized skills and certifications. They ensure the safe transfer of hazardous liquids and oversee key aspects of barge operations. A day in the life of a tankerman involves:

  • Responsibilities:
    • Ensuring the safe transfer of liquid cargo
    • Monitoring gauges and valves during transfers
    • Keeping accurate records and documentation
    • Conducting safety checks and inspections
  • Perks:
    • Competitive compensation
    • Specialized training and certifications provided by Magnolia Fleet
    • Opportunities to work with advanced equipment and systems

The role of a tankerman is critical to the safe operation of the fleet. It requires attention to detail and a strong focus on safety protocols.

The Captain: The Leader of the Vessel

Captains are responsible for navigating the vessel and overseeing the entire crew. They are leaders who ensure the safety and efficiency of operations. A typical day for a captain includes:

  • Responsibilities:
    • Navigating the vessel along the inland waterways
    • Overseeing the crew and ensuring safe operations
    • Making critical decisions regarding routing and weather
    • Communicating with other vessels and authorities
  • Perks:
    • High level of responsibility and leadership
    • Opportunities for career advancement
    • Competitive compensation and benefits

Captains play a pivotal role in ensuring the success of each journey. Magnolia Fleet values experienced captains and provides ongoing support and training.

Working on the water with Magnolia Fleet offers a unique and rewarding career path. Whether you’re a deckhand, tankerman, or captain, you’ll find a role that challenges you and offers growth opportunities. If you’re interested in joining our team, click here to learn more about our open positions and the benefits of working with Magnolia Fleet.

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