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“Am I crazy!!!”

Since: May 08

Caruthersville, Missouri

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Jul 27, 2008
 
I have read on the ingramnbarge website that you have to have 6 months of exp in heavy labor jobs in order to get hire. Well, I have no exp at all in heavy labor work but I have a GREAT work record. I worked at Sonic Drive In for 8 years. I started when I was 17 and now I'm 25. I am married and I need a better LONG term job. I am interested in working as a Deckhand. I learn really fast, I work very hard, and I learned to handle stressful situations. Does anyone know someone who works as a Deckhand who can get me on, or at least give me more information, or even a different company who doesn't require exp. I live in Caruthersville, MO but I can travel to get to the job. Any help would be appreciated.
Paleeze

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Jul 28, 2008
 

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My husband and one of my sons is a pilot/captain at ingram. They will give you a chance even if you don't have experience working on the river. My other son works in the office as a barge dispatcher at James Marine (just down the road from Ingram.
It's a good job to have (on the river) with good benefits. Just remember it's very hot work and hard work.It's cold in the winter too. If you go out there with the attitude of showing yourself to be a hard worker you will do fine. My husbands job of 16 years ended when he got on the river. He had worked at a plant and it closed. He went out at 38 yrs old and worked very, very hard. Hehas worked his way up to captain from deckhand in 12 years. My son has done the same and he had gotten an associates degree in criminal law. He went out on the river for Ingram and worked his way up into the wheelhouse in about 8 years. You can do it! Do whatever they tell you to do. Don't complain. Bug the heck out of em until they hire you! Good Luck!

“Am I crazy!!!”

Since: May 08

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Jul 28, 2008
 
Thank You so much for the information..
Paleeze

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Jul 29, 2008
 
Hi Again,
I just got up this morning and showed my husband your post and my answer. He's home now :-)

He say's Ingram will hire you off the street with no experience if you show enthusiasm and have a good work record. Sometimes even if you don't have any experience. Hope we have been of some help to you.
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Aug 10, 2008
 
My son just got hired from Southern Towing and he's 19 and only had a year experience working for the Boweevil Radification. The thing I beleive that got him hired, was that he called faithfully every week for a few months to see if they were hiring. I think it kept his name in there and showed that he really wanted the job. Good luck to you.
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Dec 11, 2008
 
My fiance works on the river as a deckhand for marquette in paducah, ky. You can be hired with pretty much any of them ingram, inland marine, marquette, etc. Those are all companies you trip for. My finace trips 30 on and 15 off. It's hard sometimes, but he likes his job. [:
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Dec 11, 2008
 
Hey cheese! I applied with Ingram and have no river exp. I usually do carpenter work. It took about 3 weeks or so but I finally got the interview. I went in, presented myself as well as possible, now I start training on the 15th. To be honest, I'm Psyched!! It's a new direction & I'm definately taken a pay cut, but I think I'm making a good move! Good Luck!! This business seems to be steady---just like the river!
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Sikeston, MO

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Dec 14, 2008
 
my son is also looking to go to work on the river he has no experience do they hire men cooks
jew-in-a-canoe

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Jan 27, 2009
 
You can get a job at Marquette transportation / Bluegrass Marine... You don't have to have a driver's lic, high school diploma, credit card, checking account or anything. Go to 150 Ballard Circle and put in you application.
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Feb 14, 2009
 
jew-in-a-canoe wrote:
You can get a job at Marquette transportation / Bluegrass Marine... You don't have to have a driver's lic, high school diploma, credit card, checking account or anything. Go to 150 Ballard Circle and put in you application.
Do you know if any of those are hiring at the moment. My husband and I are cabinet makers and we thru the towel in it today. I did do his resume and application thru marquette yesterday. My husband only had 1 other job other than our cabinet business. He was there for 18 years.
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Feb 14, 2009
 
Hi hope this will help, I am a pilot on what they call a uni tow.. Or chem barge..
I worked for BH towing for five or more years on the deck as a mate..
So here you go.
#1 Be ready for long hard hours of learning on the dry cargo runs.. your first days will be filled with learning how to clean and becoming a ratchet tech.. IE learning how to tighten wires.. once you have figured that out you can take the big step to learning how to paint, that will be this summer...
and if you do well you can even learn how to lay wires.. now once you have figured that out you can progress up the latter. But do not think for one sec that this is an easy job if indeed you get hired the most important thing is to learn how to do everything you do in a very safe manner.
Ask Questions, learn to look after yourself and your shipmates.. This industry is not a game you can have a nice income and meet some really outstanding people. But you have got to be aware that people die every year out here on the water mostly because they forgot to be safe..
At 25 you are still young enough to handle the heavy lifting if your in shape at all...
you will also have to look into getting a TWIC
Card (transportation Id card) this involves a full FBI background check...
Be honest and upfront.
In your looking around look at some firms like
Blessy,Kirby,Higman,Marquett, and other chem
carriers. You can move up in income faster than the dry side. As you will have to obtain a tankerman card. That lets you pump liquid and gas.
You are going about it the right way ask questions and stay safe
good luck
brwtrpilot
josh carr

Hattiesburg, MS

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Feb 23, 2009
 
paleeze Im looking also for a deckhand job I put application and marquette called but I had to have eye surgerey the day of the interview they said they would set another day but I havnt heard from them I have got a work history but no experience in working on the river but I work hard an take pride what I do. do you think you husband could help me
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Mar 2, 2009
 
Hello! My husband is a tankerman at McGinnis Inc. located in Ledbetter, KY. Their hiring office is the Tennessee River Dock located on Clarks River Road in Paducah KY. They hire for harbor deckhands, 12 hour days, but you're home everyday. I think (not sure of this) the job starts around 115.00 a day dependent upon experience, but I think they will hire off the street, but in a little while, you will need to have a TWIC card, which probes full scale your background,(FBI check included, however, all river industry will be implementing the TWIC identification before long to my knowledge.

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Since: May 08

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Mar 6, 2009
 
josh carr wrote:
paleeze Im looking also for a deckhand job I put application and marquette called but I had to have eye surgerey the day of the interview they said they would set another day but I havnt heard from them I have got a work history but no experience in working on the river but I work hard an take pride what I do. do you think you husband could help me
Hi Josh.email him: jsts1977@verizon.net. I just saw this or we would have gotten back with you before now. When you send us the email we will reply with a phone number for him to talk to you. Good Luck! Waiting to hear from you.

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Mar 6, 2009
 
josh carr wrote:
paleeze Im looking also for a deckhand job I put application and marquette called but I had to have eye surgerey the day of the interview they said they would set another day but I havnt heard from them I have got a work history but no experience in working on the river but I work hard an take pride what I do. do you think you husband could help me
i was logged in under paleeze when this was first posted. now it's AWE. Put your name and deckhand in the subject line when you email him.
JDS

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Jul 10, 2009
 
Paleeze wrote:
My husband and one of my sons is a pilot/captain at ingram. They will give you a chance even if you don't have experience working on the river. My other son works in the office as a barge dispatcher at James Marine (just down the road from Ingram.
It's a good job to have (on the river) with good benefits. Just remember it's very hot work and hard work.It's cold in the winter too. If you go out there with the attitude of showing yourself to be a hard worker you will do fine. My husbands job of 16 years ended when he got on the river. He had worked at a plant and it closed. He went out at 38 yrs old and worked very, very hard. Hehas worked his way up to captain from deckhand in 12 years. My son has done the same and he had gotten an associates degree in criminal law. He went out on the river for Ingram and worked his way up into the wheelhouse in about 8 years. You can do it! Do whatever they tell you to do. Don't complain. Bug the heck out of em until they hire you! Good Luck!
Paleeze, I live in Crete Il and grew up in the Orland area. I have just completed a phone interview with Ingram and have more questions about life at Ingram, along with advancement possibilities and how fast they come.
Any info would be much appreciated
ibjd1@aol.com
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Mar 24, 2010
 
How much does one make a year as a deckhand working for marquette transportation ?
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Mar 29, 2010
 
At Ingram, base annual salary is just over 25,000 for a deckhand. This isn't including the company paid portion of your insurance, 401k, etc. Just based on the starting daily rate. It will actually be more than that because if you progress at all you will get at least one raise during your first year, possibly 2 raises. All depends on your work ethic. A Waltrip Expert from the earlier posts is my mother by the way. I'm the son.
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May 10, 2010
 

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have trided for over a year for river job no one pulling for me will not be aone trip wonder have no experiance used to working hard
swampdonkey

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#21
May 11, 2010
 
A lot of companies haven't done a whole lot of hiring due to the economy. Business is slow, and people are less likely to quit when good jobs are a plenty. Have u applied at Ingram or Marquette? Both have been doing a little hiring. A paper app is your best bet at Ingram as opposed to online for what it's worth. Good luck to you and hope to see ya on the ditch.

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