Tankermen are responsible for ensuring the safe transport of chemicals overseas for use in the petrol industry. A tankerman must be physically fit and able to lift heavy objects, climb ladders, and move with heavy equipment, and they may work both indoors and outdoors at sea on a freighter or other transport boat.
Tankermen must be knowledgeable of all rules and regulations of their duties, including ensuring that cargo is contained and transported safely. In case of an emergency, they must know the standard emergency procedures and take appropriate action, and they also ensure that all equipment is up-to-code and fix potential problems ahead of time to prevent accidents. They are typically trained to use a variety of tools in the assistance of an emergency, such as a breach in containment, and good hearing and eyesight are important in this position.
Tankermen mostly work outdoors in two six-hour shifts each day. They usually work for thirty days at sea with fifteen days of off-time, and work with a crew to address any potential safety hazards and ensure the safe transport of chemicals. Their duties also extend to protecting and maintaining a sustainable work environment. Tankermen must be certified and trained in a wide range of skills, and if all qualifications are met, a Coast Guard-issued certificate may be obtained. They must also be trained for transport at sea, have a firefighting course certificate, and meet specific sea service requirements.