Able Seaman (AB) School

With only a few exceptions a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)
National rating endorsement as OS or AB is required to work on all
seagoing commercial vessels of greater than 100 gross tons.

Professional Requirements for Able Seaman (AB)

The AB ratings are issued to the mariner based on the mariners
qualifying experience. Advancement for AB is based on experience
alone. To qualify as an AB the mariner must also complete a
Proficiency in Survival Craft for either lifeboat-man or lifeboat-man
limited.
  • AB Unlimited requires 1080 days of sea service experience on the
    deck of vessels operating on ocean waters.
  • AB Limited requires 540 days of sea service experience on the
    deck of vessels greater than 100 gross tons operating on ocean
    waters.
  • AB Special requires 360 days of sea service experience on
    vessels operating on the federally navigable inland waters of the
    US or on ocean waters.
  • AB Fishing requires 180 days of sea service experience on the
    deck of vessels operating on ocean waters or the federally
    navigable inland waters of the US.
  • AB OSV (Offshore Supply Vessel) requires 180 days of sea
    service experience on the deck of vessels operating on ocean
    waters or on the federally navigable inland waters of the US.
  • AB Sail requires 180 days of sea service experience on the deck
    of sailing vessels operating on ocean waters or on the federally
    navigable inland waters of the US.

  • Entry level mariners who do not have sea service experience
    should apply for an Ordinary Seaman (OS) rating. Please contact
    us if you have any questions regarding AB or OS.

Able Seaman Class

COLPAC 1 Able Seaman (AB) Class ($600) This four-day class will
satisfy the exam requirements, including the practical knot and splice
demonstration, for any AB rating. Subjects include Rules of the Road,
Safety, Deck General, Navigation, and Marlinespike Seamanship.

Able Seaman Class Schedule
  • Able Seaman (shown in blue)
  • RED indicate days the school is closed.
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Columbia Pacific Maritime INC
10580 SE Washington Street - Portland, OR 97216

We are located just east of the 205 Mall off Interstate 205 on SE
Washington Street.


Phone: (503) 841-6066

Email Questions to:

Class & Scheduling: info@columbiapacificmaritime.com

Radar, ARPA, AB: john@columbiapacificmaritime.com

OUPV, Master, Mate: dennis@columbiapacificmaritime.com

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