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ABLE SEAMAN

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Ordinary Seaman (OS) or an Able Seaman (AB) rating is required to work on all ocean going commercial vessels of greater than 100 gross tons.

Ordinary Seaman (OS) is an entry level rating that requires NO qualifying experience, exams or training. Advancement from OS can be to either the deck department as AB (Able Seaman) or to the engine room as QMED (Qualified Member of the Engine Department). Ordinary Seaman and QMED do not require Lifeboatman (Proficiency in Survival Craft).

Able Seaman is a deck rating that requires qualifying sea service experience. Each different AB rating will be based on qualifying sea service experience. All AB ratings require the mariner to complete an approved Lifeboatman (Proficiency in Survival Craft) Course.

 

The different levels of AB are:

 

AB Unlimited          Requires 1080 days of qualifying sea service experience on the deck of vessels operating on the  ocean waters or the Great Lakes.

 

AB Limited             Requires 540 days of qualifying sea service experience on the deck of vessels greater than 100 gross tons operating on the federally navigable inland waters of the US or on ocean waters.

 

AB Special             Requires 360 days of qualifying sea service experience on vessels operating on the federally navigable inland waters of the US or on ocean waters, including the Great Lakes.

 

Additional Requirements:

  • 18 years old
  • Application form CG 719-B
  • Drug Screen & Physical
  • TWIC
  • Proof of Citizenship
  • Social Security Card

 

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