Ferry boats are an important resource for many commuters in a harbor or water-way town. They allow for the easy transportation of goods, cars and people from one end of the harbor to the other, for a minimal fee. Because of this, they are a valuable, if often overlooked, part of small, island towns. One way to become involved in this industry is to become a ferry boat captain.
Captains of commercial ferries are in charge of the entire ship as it crosses the bay. Since many ferry boats cross the sea, they will have to know how to navigate these waters successfully. They also need skills to interpret speed, follow previously established ferry lines, communicate with other sea vessels, and more. Depending on the travel route, these demands will change. Depending on the state of operation, the necessary certification skills will also vary. Another important skill that the captain needs is an intimate knowledge of his ship, the mechanical equipment on it, and how to repair it if need be. The captain is responsible for the safety of the passengers he is transporting across the channel, the cars on his ship, and the safe unloading of the goods and people down the ramp once the boat docks.
Another job that can be found in the industry is that of the crew on the ship. Depending on the ferry line, the different jobs will vary. A crew member can have something so simple as collecting tickets, tying slip knots, and busing around passengers on board the ship. They can also chart waters, watch out for other ferries, and more. If the ferry acts as a taxi for a public transit system, the crew needs to be fast and efficient, and be able to make repairs to the boat cheaply.