7451 – Longshore workers | Canada NOC |

7451 – Longshore workers

Longshore workers transfer cargo throughout dock area and onto and from ships and other vessels. They are employed by marine cargo handling companies, shipping agencies and shipping lines.


Index of titles

Example titles

Barge loader

Boat loader

Dock hand

Dockerman/woman – marine cargo handling


Dockworker – marine cargo handling

Longshore worker

Longshore worker and tower-loader operator


Lumper – marine cargo handling

Ship loader operator

Shiploader operator



Tanker loader

Tanker loader – marine cargo handling

Tankerman/woman – marine cargo handling

Tower-loader operator – marine cargo handling

Wharfman/woman – marine cargo handling

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Operate industrial trucks, tractors and other mobile equipment to transfer cargo, such as containers, crated items, automobiles and pallet-mounted machinery, around dock to within range of cranes and hoists

Operate winches or other hoisting devices to load and unload cargo onto and from ships and other vessels

Operate mechanical towers to load vessels with materials such as coal and ore

Operate equipment to transfer bulk materials, such as grain, to hold of vessels

Connect hoses and operate equipment to transfer liquid materials into storage tanks on vessels

Perform other activities such as lashing and shoring cargo aboard ships, opening and closing hatches, cleaning holds of ships and rigging cargo.

Employment requirements

Some secondary school education may be required.

On-the-job training is provided.

Additional information

Progression to foreman/woman or supervisor of longshore workers is possible with experience.


Longshore crane operators (in 7371 Crane operators)

Material handlers (7452)

Supervisors of longshore workers (in 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews)