Boat Loader I

Connect hose couplings to enable liquid cargo to be pumped into barges.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $66,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Boat Loader Is do?

Connects hose couplings to enable liquid cargo, such as petroleum, gasoline, heating oil, sulfuric acid, and alum liquor, to be pumped from and into barges and tankers: Reads timetable to determine name of ship, location of pier, and number and types of hoses to be connected. Climbs aboard ship and lowers measuring tape and thermometer into each tank to measure depth and temperature of liquid cargo to be unloaded. Positions coupling of pier hose next to valve of ship, using winch and boom, and connects coupling to valve, using wrench. Attaches ground wire to hose to prevent explosion caused by static electricity generated when liquid cargo flows through hose. Opens valve to allow flow of cargo through hose and signals worker aboard ship to start pumps to unload cargo. Signals worker aboard ship to pump ballast from cargo tanks in order to prepare transfer of cargo onto ship. Signals worker on shore to pump liquid cargo onto ship. May be designated according to water vessel loaded as Barge Loader.

Should I be a Boat Loader I?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.

  • Also known as: Barge Loader, Boat Loader, Bobbin Trucker, Pier Hand, Wharf Hand

    How to become a Boat Loader I

    Boat Loader Is generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Boat Loader I-related education!
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