Deck Overview


Members of the deck department are responsible for the underway replenishment rigs, dry/liquid cargo handling, forklift operations, and helicopter flight deck operations. They also stand watch while in port or at sea, and perform routine deck maintenance such as cleaning, painting, chipping and preserving the ship. All deck department watchstanding positions require Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping (STCW 95) with Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW).

MSC regularly hosts job fairs for those interested in a maritime career. We encourage people from a variety of backgrounds such as veterans, civilian mariners, maritime school graduates and more to attend and learn more about a maritime job or career. For more information about MSC employment and the application process, click the Career Avenues button to the right that best matches your background or find a job fair near you.

For a complete description of duties and requirements, click the positions listed below.

In addition to your primary position, interested CIVMARs may apply to serve in our Surface Rescue Swimmer Program (SRS) as a collateral duty. Contact a recruiter for additional requirements/qualifications.

PositionsBase Salary
First Officer$74,837
First Officer - Mixed Work Schedule$74,837
Second Officer$67,621
Third Officer$61,426
Damage Controlman$72,801
Damage Control Officer$89,263
Assistant Damage Control Officer$81,051
Operations Chief$50,593
Able Seaman$40,454
Ordinary Seaman$25,846- $29,935

Current Open Deck Positions

The following positions in the deck department are currently accepting applications.

Third Officer

Third Officer

Announcement opens 14 August through 18 August 2017.

The Third Officer serves as a Deck Watch Officer and is responsible for the safe navigation of the vessel as well as assisting the Master and Senior Deck Officers in carrying out their responsibilities.