1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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      Waterside Worker
      Wharf Labourer

Transfers cargo between ships and other forms of transport or storage facilities.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is completion of compulsory secondary education or higher qualification.

Tasks Include:
  • packs and unpacks shipping containers
  • opens and closes hatches and secures cargo to prevent shifting during voyages
  • cleans holds and containers and prepares stevedoring gear
  • performs clerical functions to record and check cargo on arrival, storage or despatch
  • transfers loads using moving equipment and directs equipment operations using communication systems
  • moors and unmoors ships on arrival and departure
  • stacks cargo on pallets, trays, flats and slings to facilitate transfer to and from ships
  • may operate and perform minor maintenance on forklifts, trucks, front end loaders and fixed or mobile cranes
  • may act as team leader for a wharf or on-ship work team

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