Course Description

Able Seaman (AB)

This 5-day course (MITPMI-1) is designed for mariners at the entry-level position. It provides the trainee the knowledge, understanding and proficiency to work safely and efficiently aboard today’s merchant vessels. Marlinspike seamanship proficiency is demonstrated by actually tying various knots, bends, hitches and splices.

What You Will Learn
    • Marlinspike Seamanship, Shipboard Terminology
    • Rules of the Road
    • Aid to Navigation
    • Watchstanding and Helmsman Duties
    • Ship Construction and Cargo Handling, Anchoring and Mooring
    • Fire Fighting, Towing, Deck Maintenance
    • Shipboard Emergencies and Life Saving
    • First Aid
    • Marine Pollution
    • Identify the fundamentals and requirements of standing a proper wheelhouse watch, lookout watch, and steps to properly relieve a watch
    • Identify the fundamentals and state the requirements of being a helmsman of a Navigational Watch
    • State the various emergency situations that may occur aboard ship and the proper actions that need to be taken in order to survive
    • Identify the emergency radio equipment found aboard ship, which aids in survival and rescue; as well as a pyrotechnics and lifesaving signals.
    • State the environmental protection procedures and regulations
    • Define and identify common terminology associated with ship construction
    • Define common terminology and definition as applied to the Navigation Rules of the Road
    • Identify lights, dayshapes, and sound signals when used in accordance with the Navigation Rules of the Road
    • Identify Distress Signals, and signals to attract attention
    • Identify terms associated with ship construction and the basic components that comprise vessel structure
    • State how to measure, advantages and disadvantages, and care of natural, synthetic and wire rope

    Any student who successfully completes the U.S. Coast Guard Approved “Able Seaman” course will satisfy the following STCW 2010 and CFR training requirements:

    • The written examination requirement of 46 CFR 12.405(a) for the “Deck General and Navigational General,” “Deck Safety and Rules of the Road;” AND

    • The “Practical Marlinspike Seamanship Demonstration” requirement of 46 CFR 12.405(c); AND

    • The written “Survival Craft” examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.409 for any endorsement as Able Seaman restricted to vessels without lifeboats; AND

    • The training requirements of STCW Code Section A-II/5, Table A-II/5, and the competency requirements of 46 CFR 12.603(a)(4); AND

    • The following Tasks from Enclosure (3) to NVIC 14-14: 2.1.A, 2.1.B, 2.2.A, 2.2.B, 2.2.C, 2.2.D, 2.3.A, 2.3.B, 2.5.A, 3.1.A, 3.2.A, 4.1.A, 4.2.A, 4.3.A, 4.4.A, 4.4.B, 4.4.C, 4.4.D, 4.5.A, 4.6.B, 4.6.C, 4.7.A, 4.8.A, 4.8.B, 4.8.C, 4.9.A, 4.10.A, 4.11.A, 4.12.A, 4.13.A, 5.1.A, 5.2.A, 5.3.A, 5.3.B, 5.3.C, 5.4.A, 5.5.A, 5.5.B, 5.5.C, 5.5.E, 5.6.A, 5.6.B, 5.6.C, 5.7.A, 5.8.A, 5.9.A, 5.10.A, 5.10.B, 6.1.A, 6.1.B, 6.2.A, 6.3.A, 8.4.A, 8.4.B, and 8.5.A. Applicants are not required to present the completed record of assessment sheets when applying for STCW endorsement.

Course Dates

MITAGS - Linthicum Heights, MD
PMI - Seattle, WA