Inland Deckhand

Kirby Corporation - Texas Gulf Coast, TX3.7

Full-time$130 a day
Kirby Inland Marine operates the nation’s largest fleet of inland tank barges and towing vessels. Kirby’s service area spans America’s inland waterway network: The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the Mississippi River, the Illinois River, the Ohio River and numerous other waterways. Kirby operates 849 active inland tank barges and 220 active towing vessels. Kirby represents the industry leader in safety, customer service and environmental protection.



Inland Deckhands are responsible for supporting the vessel master in the safe and efficient operation of Kirby’s boats and barges.
Kirby employees are responsible for the adherence to safety rules, and safety instructions from Managers and Supervisors as a requirement for employment with Kirby.

Attach and remove line and cables to and from the vessel, barges, docks and locks
Handle lines 4 to 8 times during loading and discharging in order to adjust for the changing height of the barge, relative to the height of other barges, the dock and the vessel
Maintain vessel by performing scheduled maintenance and housekeeping such as sweeping, washing the vessel, chipping rusted metal, priming and painting
Make minor repairs using tools such as hammers, fire axes and ratchets, hand winches, stripping pumps, needle guns and grinders
Perform other duties as assigned by the vessel master (examples: cooking, cleaning and washing clothes)

Experience in commercial boating preferred(i.e. towboat, tugboat, commercial fishing, oilfield, heavy equipment operations, commercial farming and/or shipyard)
Basic computer skills knowledge required.
12 months of consecutive work experience preferred.

High School or GED required

Work schedule and hours determined by boat. Typical work schedule is a 2 for 1 schedule up to 30 days, with a 12 hour work shift.
Must be able to work in inclement weather outdoor, heat and cold
Must be able live and work in close quarters and able to spend a length of time away from family
Must be willing and able to attend paid required training on and off scheduled work time.
Must have reliable transportation and be able to drive to/from company defined hub cities.


Valid TWIC card required
Must possess a valid driver’s license
Must not have a DWI or DUI in the last three years
Must not have more than 2 moving driving violations in the last 3 years
Must be able to satisfy all United States Coast Guard physical requirements (CG-719K) and as found in 46 CFR Part 15
Must be able to satisfy all United States Coast Guard Chemical Drug Testing Programs for Vessel Personnel, as found in 46 CFR Part 15
Must be able to satisfy all United States Coast Guard physical requirements
Must be able to pass company requirements of 46 CFR Part 197 Subpart C Benzene
Valid state issued birth certificate required.
Valid social security card required
Must be 18 years of age
Cannot have any criminal charges pending or be on probation
Must be able to read and write English
Ability to understand written and verbal orders
Must not be color blind

Walk – Must be able to walk 2-3 miles per day
Step - Must be able to step 2ft vertical and 2ft horizontal
Reach - Must be able to extend arms fully throughout a normal range of motion both in a horizontal and vertical plane (i.e., throwing and catching lines)
Climb - Must be able to climb a 90 degree vertical ladder 25-30 feet
Grip/Hold/Pull – Must be able to grip, hold and pull 50lbs.
Lift – Must be able to lift 50-75lbs. and carry it approximately 500 feet
Vision - Color vision and eyesight must be sufficient to pass an eye test as required to obtain a merchant mariners document. This requires an uncorrected vision of at least 20/200 in each eye corrected to 20/40 in each eye
Hearing – Must meet minimum standards, as per USCG requirements
Speech - Must be able to verbally communicate in the English language both in delivery and ability to be understood using handheld radios or other devices, as required
Smell – Must possess a sense of smell to be able to detect the presence of potentially dangerous vapors
Pulmonary Functions - Must pass a pulmonary function test with a minimum score of 80%
General - Must be able to enter and exit hatches/doorways quickly in case of emergency.
Equipment - Must be able to wear a negative or positive pressure respirator, PVC foul weather gear.
Minute escape pack, rubber gloves and boots. Ability to use firefighting / spill containment equipment