Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
Service Contract Act Directory of Occupations
47010 Boatswain (Bosun)
Supervises unlicensed deck personnel engaged in cleaning, chipping, scraping, wirebrushing, and painting decks, sides, and superstructure; polishing metalwork; and operating and maintaining deck gear, safety equipment, rigging, and other equipment. Inspects and tests equipment to ensure safe and proper operation; inspects work areas and crew quarters for cleanliness. Directs securing of cargo, deck gear, and lines preparatory to leaving port and supervises handling of mooring lines and gangway when ship is docked or undocked. In addition, when assigned to watch duties, also stands at wheel or lookout, watches for obstructions in path of ship; steers ship; and directs security procedures.