The Pier and Boats:

The Pier:

The pier is the point at which all necessary items and people either go on or off island. It is truck crew’s responsibility to ensure that these transactions go as smoothly and as safely as possible. This means meeting the boats on time, utilizing proper safety practices and equipment, working efficiently, and effectively and safely coordinating events on the pier such as food or luggage lines, docking the Laighton, or offloading trash.

Operating the Crane:

Always wear a PFD and a hard hat when working with or around the crane. The rear end of the trucks should never be less than 8 feet from the edge of the pier when loading freight. The ideal number of people operating the crane is three: one person pressing the button, one person catching or throwing the rope and swinging the crane, and one person receiving or preparing the freight in the back of Gunther. Never lift any part of the hoist above the bottom of the black bag; it will break. When operating the crane, make sure to carefully listen to the instructions provided by the deckhand. Never stand directly beneath anything being craned.

Maintaining the Crane:

The crane (the post and the rail) should be greased throughout the season. The crane should always be put away properly with the cord coiled and the crane tied off to a cleat. See attached photo.


It is truck and sustainability crew’s responsibility to dock and undock the Perseverance. It is also their job to dock and undock the Laighton when the no one else is available. When tying off boats, the captain is in charge. Tie off cleats rapidly and wait for instructions. Extraneous staff and conferees should be clear from the edge of the pier whenever a boat is arriving or leaving. Always wear a PFD when working around boats or the edge of the pier.


The Percy normally docks in one of two ways: with the starboard side pulled alongside the end of the pier, or pulled stern to down on the dock. Each position has its advantages: it is better to crane freight on and off the boat when it is positioned alongside the pier, and it is better to load/unload luggage, totes, and sludge with the boat pulled stern to.

Generally the captain will need the most help from a truck crew member when the boat is docked against the pier because they will need someone to catch or release lines. When the boat is docking in this position, someone on truck crew is stationed on the pier ready to catch the spring line. See attached photos. Once the spring and bow lines are tied off, the stern line is caught and tied off. When the Persy is departing from this position, a truck crew member should release the spring line when the captain says to do so.

Normally, the deckhands can tie off or release lines when the boat is pulled stern to. If not, let the captain know how much space he or she has to dock using hand signals, and then follow his or her instructions on when and where to tie off or release lines.

Thomas Laighton:

Generally, the dockies will dock the TL. However, if they are unavailable for some reason, it is truck crew’s responsibility to set up the crane, ramp and stairs on time, catch and make off lines, oversee the safe departure and arrival of passengers, release lines, and pack up the crane/stairs/ramp. Always wear a hardhat and PFD, and listen carefully to the instructions given by the captain. In the event that a disabled person needs to board or leave the boat, there are special ramps that can be used that span the stairs from the ground to the base of the ramp. The person in the wheelchair can be rolled backwards on the ramp with one person in front, one in back, and one on each side for stability. You may also need to handle the water hose when we are receiving fresh water from the TL.