Skip to Main Content

General Application - Able Bodied Seaman

Keystone Shipping Co. Duluth, MN

  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Job Purpose/Summary: The able seaman (AB) may serve as a wheelsman and steers the ship by executing commands given by the mate or captain. The role may also serve as a watchman and stands look-out at the bow. The various job duties depend on vessel operations while loading, unloading, or underway.

Essential and Major Duties:

  • Serves as wheelsman in steering of ship
  • Serves as watchman and alerts captain or mate of dangers
  • Operates the hatch crane to take hatch covers off the cargo holds or to secure them
  • Operates the bosun's chair to swing deckhands over and down to the dock face
  • May operate the unloading boom
  • Must have knowledge of operating the mooring winches
  • Stands ladder/gangway security watch
  • Shovels spillage back onto conveyor belt in event of spill
  • Hoses down the decks, washes down cargo holds, bulkheads and tunnels inside the ship, cleaning the unloading system
  • While vessel is underway, is responsible for general cleaning and maintenance such as chipping, painting, and sweeping

Other Functions:

  • Other maintenance and housekeeping tasks as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Must hold the following Merchant Mariner Credentials:
    • Able Seaman (unlimited, limited, or special)
    • Lifeboatman
  • Must hold a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • Must be willing to live 7 days a week in a remote environment with limited access to medical supplies and medical personnel
  • Maintain licenses and qualifications as required by regulation, both current and future
  • Maintain good health in compliance with USCG NVIC 04-08 including US Coast Guard vision and hearing requirements
  • Must have written and verbal command of the English language

Physical Requirements:

Will be required to pass the Physical Standard as published in USCG NVIC 04-08. May be required to stand, sit, crouch or lay prone for long periods of time. Will work as necessary in confined or watertight spaces. May have to navigate tripping hazards, uneven and rolling decks, and climb both stairs and ladders. May be required to push, pull, lift, or hoist equipment up to or in excess of 127-157 pounds.

Work Environment:

As expected in the Great Lakes region, incumbent employee will be exposed to seasonal weather including below freezing in the winter to high and humid temperatures in the summer. Incumbent employee may also be exposed to loud sounds and be required to wear and use hearing protection as required. Certain cargo ships may contain salt, silica, coal, and other hazardous dusts that may be inhaled and require the use of a respirator.


Operates the bosun's chair. Uses fall protector as necessary. May be required to use sledgehammers, hoses, etc. as well as work-type PFD/life jackets, SCBA/respirators, hard hats and eye protection.

Emergency Functions:

In emergency scenarios, may be required to perform emergency duties to save crew and ship. Responsible to be physically fit enough to perform the following non-extensive list of self-evacuation: use of escape trunks, indoor emergency panels, launch life rafts, close fire doors, firefighting, life safety, including donning self-survival equipment, fall protection, scuba, survival suit, and life jacket as the situation requires. May be required to abandon ship, jump overboard, swim, and row a craft.

While AB's will be hired and paid as Able Seamen, the positions on each vessel are based on seniority which may require an AB to work as a deckhand as well.

Job Posted by ApplicantPro

Keystone Shipping Co.


Duluth, MN
View all jobs at Keystone Shipping Co.

What email should the hiring manager reach you at?

By clicking the button above, I agree to the ZipRecruiter Terms of Use and acknowledge I have read the Privacy Policy, and agree to receive email job alerts.