Deckhand (In Port Services Only) - Ghent, KY


Ghent, KY, US, 41045

Category:  Transload Operations

Start a Watco Career and Discover the Difference

Keep the world’s supply chain moving. That’s what the Watco team does every day at our short line railroads, switching sites, terminals, ports, and logistics hubs. 

Whether you’re at one of these locations or in a support-services role, there’s one thread that ties everyone together. We’re all on the same team. One Watco

Here’s what you can expect from Watco: 

  • Award-winning culture recognized by Forbes and Newsweek
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • Paid on-the-job training with peer trainers 
  • Operations training at the Safe Performance Center in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Leadership and development programs offered through Watco University 
  • Career advancement opportunities

Working at Watco

Watco has a reputation for putting people first. In fact, our company was named to Forbes’ 2021 list of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers.

Working at Watco means working in the exciting field of transportation and supply chain logistics. We’re involved in domestic and international operations that are expanding all the time. Working at Watco also means a supportive, collaborative environment where you can learn and build a career.  You’ll find that safety is at the heart of everything we do. We look out for our team members’ safety and the safety of the people in the communities where we work.  In addition to these strengths, we offer competitive pay and industry-leading benefits.

Come to Watco and join a team where you'll leave each day knowing you've made a difference.

Hourly pay rate: $18.00 - $20.00


* This is in-port services.


General Purpose


  • The Deckhand is responsible for the safe, efficient, reliable, and environmentally compliant operation of assigned area.
  • Must know how to respond in case of emergency / (MAN OVERBOARD)
  • Understanding and comprehension of duties and responsibilities.
  • Must have or the ability to obtain a TWIC card.
  • The primary function of the Deckhand is to build and break tows, maintain the fleet insuring all barges are secure. Duties are to be performed in a safe and compliant manner.
  • All deckhand personnel will successfully complete all required training
  • The Deckhand must be able to perform vessel maintenance to include cleaning, scraping, painting,  changing all fuel and oil and filters.
  • Follow written procedures for M/v Fueling
  • Inspect and look for any deficiencies or housekeeping issues correct if possible, notify the Captain of any conditions, which could affect the safety of Team members, tow or tug.
  •  Be Able to assist with the training of newly hired Team members handle lines and rigging during tow building, docking activities.
  • Use proper knots when tying off barges
  • Must be able to work in a rotation schedule, be able to work additional overtime as needed 
  • Demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.
  • Must be able to perform all duties while wearing protective equipment to include PFD, PVC foul weather gear, gloves, safety glasses and Met guard boots.
  • Must be able to adhere to and comply with company policies, United States Coast Guard and environmental regulations.
  • Follow written and verbal directions to complete assigned tasks on schedule.
  • Read, write, and communicate in English & understand basic math.
  • Learn from directions, observations, and mistakes and apply procedures using good judgment.
  • Working knowledge of Watco Safety and Operating principles
  • Work independently or as part of a team and interact appropriately with others.
  • Receive oral or written instructions from Supervisors / Boat Pilot indicating which barges are to be handled
  • Notifies Boat Pilot of distances to cells or barges using radio, verbal and possible hand signals.
  • Follow the SOP for proper tying and all barge movement procedures
  • Team mate must have good balance and coordination in order to safely walk over catwalks, barge decks and over uneven and/or slippery surfaces.
  • May coordinate activities of sweeping dock, roadways and pushing material up in barges and on dock. (Skid Steers, Wheel loader)
  • Responsible for proper placement and stowing of gear
  • Responsible for assisting in spotting of barges at the Ghent facility and DOW chem

Machines, Tools, Special Equipment,  Personal Protective Equipment Used


  • Hand tools, Skid Steers, wheel loader, sweeper and water truck
  • Ratchets, wires, wenches and lines, PPE: hard hat, safety glasses, gloves, Metatarsal steel toed boots, PFD and PVC foul weather gear.



  • All Team Members working in the Ghent Facility must have a valid Driver’s License.
  • Ability to pass training and required testing.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements are a representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability is required. Other duties as assigned.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Must be available to work a rotating shift as well as be prepared to work in all types of weather. 
  • Must be able to work over and around water.

Nearest Major Market: Covington