Longshore workers

National Occupation Code (NOC): 7451

Longshore workers transfer cargo throughout dock area and onto and from ships and other vessels. They are employed by marine cargo handling companies, shipping agencies and shipping lines.

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Job Duties for Longshore workers

  • Operate industrial trucks, tractors and other mobile equipment to transfer cargo, such as containers, crated items, automobiles and pallet-mounted machinery, around dock to within range of cranes and hoists
  • Operate winches or other hoisting devices to load and unload cargo onto and from ships and other vessels
  • Operate mechanical towers to load vessels with materials such as coal and ore
  • Operate equipment to transfer bulk materials, such as grain, to hold of vessels
  • Connect hoses and operate equipment to transfer liquid materials into storage tanks on vessels
  • Perform other activities such as lashing and shoring cargo aboard ships, opening and closing hatches, cleaning holds of ships and rigging cargo.

Working Conditions for Longshore workers

Work is performed outdoors on shipyard from heavy equipment cabs. Rigorous safety measures are in place and must be followed to prevent injury from heavy equipment and shipping containers. Following training on operating this equipment greatly reduces these risks.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Barge Loader
  • Boat Loader
  • Dock Hand
  • Dockerman/woman - Marine Cargo Handling
  • Dockworker
  • Dockworker - Marine Cargo Handling
  • Longshore Worker
  • Longshore Worker And Tower-loader Operator
  • Longshoreman/woman
  • Lumper - Marine Cargo Handling
  • Ship Loader Operator
  • Shiploader Operator
  • Stevedore
  • Stower
  • Tanker Loader
  • Tanker Loader - Marine Cargo Handling
  • Tankerman/woman - Marine Cargo Handling
  • Tower-loader Operator - Marine Cargo Handling
  • Wharfman/woman - Marine Cargo Handling
  • Cargo Ship Unloaders

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