Able Bodied Seaman

Job Responsibilities

  • Docking/undocking procedures (handling lines, securing ship, etc.) and assisting with taking and discharging of cargo
  • Standing watch, either as lookout or on the bridge steering the vessel
  • Performing deck related maintenance duties under supervision of the Boatswain
  • Working aloft in certain situations
  • Working two 4-hour watches per 24-hour period with overtime occurring routinely. The A.B. can work no more than 15 hours per day, and cannot work more than 36 hours in any 72-hour period

When Docking The A. B. May Be Responsible For

  • Loading ballast and using a tape to gauge tanks
  • Adjusting mooring lines (add or heave on slack)
  • Assisting in tapping the boom for the accommodation ladder and cargo hoses
  • Operating manual valves and/or checking mechanical valves for accurate operation (ship dependent)
  • Bleeding lines at the chickson and removing/attaching blanks
  • Being alert for spills throughout the operation
  • Taking lines from the tugboat, throwing heaving lines to the dock, pulling back the messenger lines, attaching messenger lines to mooring lines and assisting in slacking the mooring lines

When Undocking The A.B. May Be Responsible For

  • Pulling in and securing mooring lines and assisting in handling the tug lines (placing the line over the bit, removing the line from the bit)
  • Operating mechanical winches as necessary which may require guiding/lifting of the mandel shackle (not on all vessels) and securing the deck at the end of the operation. This includes stowing of lines, anchors, pilot ladders, fire hoses, etc.
  • Performing maintenance duties including maintenance/repair of deck equipment/machinery such as rigging/tackle, boat falls, cargo boom, mooring lines and wires, gant lines, and all safety equipment
  • Assisting with upkeep of decks and super structure, both interior and exterior
  • Repairing and maintaining other equipment as necessary
  • Assisting with tank washing/repair as directed by the Mate




  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States as a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as a permanent resident, refugee or asylee
  • U. S. Passport
  • Able Seafarer - Deck endorsement (AS-D or AB Deck) on Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)
  • Willing and able (with or without reasonable accommodation) to:
    • To be away from home for periods in excess of two months
    • Push/pull up to 200 pounds
    • Lift/carry up to 100 pounds floor to shoulder
    • Lift up to 50 pounds from floor to overhead
    • Climb Stairs/ladders
    • Stand for long periods of time
  • Merchant Mariners Document (Z-card)
  • Tankerman PIC endorsement
  • STCW certificate
  • TWIC Card


  • Willing and able to work overtime
  • Completion of basic safety class
  • Previous experience working on a crude oil tanker
  • Previous experience working on a product tanker
  • Merchant Mariner's document (Z-card) with A.B. Unlimited Endorsement
  • Merchant Mariner's document (Z-card) with Tankerman Endorsement (not barges)
  • Experience in operating a mechanical winch
  • Experience in operating a crane
  • RFPNW endorsement on your Merchant Mariner Credentials
  • Able to clearly follow instructions, both written and verbal
  • Able to apply common sense to achieve outcomes according to the company’s operating procedures and safety protocols
  • Possess organization, efficiency and is a methodical problem solver

This position requires you to have a TWIC card (Transportation Workers Identification Credential) to gain access to secure areas of Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) regulated facilities and vessels. Any candidate selected for this position will not be allowed to begin work without proof of application for this card. Visit the TSA websitehttps://twicprogram.tsa.dhs.gov/TWICWebApp/for more information.

To be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of October 1, 2021.

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