Fleet Probationary Deckhand/Experienced Deckhand (Cairo and Lemont, IL; Convent and Vacherie, LA; Channelview, TX)

American Commercial Barge Line (ACBL) is accepting applications for a Fleet Probationary Deckhand/Experienced Deckhand (Cairo and Lemont, IL; Convent and Vacherie, LA; Channelview, TX).


Job Details:

This position is primarily responsible to prepare barges assigned to a towboat for safe and timely transport. Performs tasks associated with building and breaking tow, as well as towboat and barge maintenance. Performs tasks in all weather conditions both outside and in the confines of the vessel while navigating the inland waterway systems. Work is performed on rotating shifts (8 days on / 4 days off) with a twelve-hour schedule. Must live within 45 minutes of assigned work location.

 Primary deckhand responsibilities:

  • Build and break tow. Tow may attach/detach 5 to 35 barges depending on river system worked
  • Inspect, correct or notify others of any conditions which affect safety of people or cargo
  • Handle rigging during tow building, locking and docking activities
  • Assist in loading or unloading materials and supplies to and from docks, barges and boats
  • Examine cables, wires, and lines to insure they are fit for use. Use tools to tighten or loosen same as needed
  • Effectively handle tow wires and cables to secure barges in safe and environmentally appropriately fashion
  • Perform basic vessel maintenance such as painting, cleaning, changing oil and filters

Educational and Job Requirements:

  • Adhere to all ACBL policies, USCG and environmental regulations
  • Read, understand and implement instructions and warnings associated with materials required for boat maintenance, cleaning and upkeep as well as perform duties as assigned in job briefings
  • Effectively use all safety equipment as required by ACBL policies, such as hearing protection, eye protection, gloves, flashlights, life jackets or work vest and steel-toed boots
  • Ability to perform arduous work in all weather conditions
  • Minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • Must live within 45 minutes of assigned work location
  • Must possess valid Driver's License
  • Must possess Transportation Worker's Identification Card (TWIC) by start of Orientation
  • Must be able to perform the following: walk a minimum of two (2) miles per day; lift 60 to 100 pounds and carry 300 feet; climb a 90 degree ladder up 40 feet; grip, hold or pull 60 pounds; demonstrate full range of motion in both arms; crawl or lower self through 18 inch diameter hatch; step or jump two (2) feet horizontally and vertically; vision must be correctable to 20/40; work shifts of 12 hours; ability to maintain a valid driver’s license and obtain TWIC card


American Commercial Barge Line is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

As a leader in inland barge transportation, ACBL moves the grain, dry bulk and liquid commodities relied upon by consumers, businesses and industries every day. ACBL provides a wide array of barging solutions to meet your transportation needs and the flexibility required to support your business. With one of the nation’s largest and newest inland river barge fleets, ACBL operates the safest, most reliable and efficient equipment for transporting cargoes along 7,200 miles of U.S. inland waterways. With a fully integrated network, we provide transloading, warehousing, storage and fleeting services to support barge transportation throughout the Mississippi River System and its tributaries.

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