An Ableseaman (AB) is responsible for working in the deck department of a vessel. These positions can exist on any type of vessel.
There are different ratings of ABs; from highest to lowest ranking they are:
While holding a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC), an Ableseaman is considered an unlicensed, experienced deckhand position.
As an AB earns “Seatime” in combination with the required training, an AB can upgrade his MMC to a higher rating of Ableseaman (AB), a Mates’ license, or Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED)
An AB may perform many duties such as:
Loading and Unloading Ship Cargos
Safety Drills An
To view the minimum requirements of an Ableseaman USCG Merchant Mariner Credential please visit the National Maritime Center website for the most up to date info.