Ordinary Seaman

An Ordinary Seaman (OS) is responsible for working in the deck department of a vessel. These positions can exist on any type of vessel.

While holding a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC), an OS is considered an unlicensed, entry-level position.

As an OS earns “Seatime” in combination with the required training, an OS can upgrade his MMC to an Ableseaman (AB) or Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED)
OS may perform many duties such as:

(Example only)
Ship maintenance
Housekeeping and Cooking duties
Line handling
Loading and Unloading Ship Cargos
Safety Drills An

To view the requirements and application process for an Ordinary Seaman USCG Merchant Mariner Credential please visit the National Maritime Center website for the most up to date info.

View Bureau of Labor Statistics Wage Information for this position


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