Captain Al Casper reviews the upcoming crew-change manifest scheduled for the following day.
Unlike most office work, towboat schedules are not based on the common 9-5pm workday. Instead, crews are required to live aboard for 28 day tours, or in some cases, up to 150+ days. During that time, each will be tasked with a 12 hour split shift every day.
The front watch, often directed by the Captain, is from 5am-11am and 5pm-11pm. The back watch fills the gap between 11pm-5am and 11am-5pm.
The Captain is responsible for approving and assigning shifts for incoming crew members to compliment the remaining crew, as schedules are rarely changed after assigments are established.
On the river, a briefcase and a suit are replaced by luggage and a life vest.
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