Able-Bodied Seaman

(shipping) An experienced seaman in the merchant marine able to perform all routine duties on board a ship. Depending upon the vessel, these duties can include: standing watch, standing lookout, acting as helmsman, steering, handling rigging, operating a launch, operating cranes and gantries and other ship equipment. Able bodied seaman is the second level job of six towards becoming a capitan (ordinary seaman, able-bodied seaman, third mate, second mate, chief mate, captain).

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