United States Code

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§ 7306.
General requirements and classifications for able seamen
To qualify for an endorsement as able seaman authorized by this section, an applicant must provide satisfactory proof that the applicant—
is at least 18 years of age;
has the service required by the applicable section of this part;
is qualified professionally as demonstrated by an applicable examination or educational requirements; and
is qualified as to sight, hearing, and physical condition to perform the seaman’s duties.
The classifications authorized for endorsement as able seaman are the following:
able seaman—unlimited.
able seaman—limited.
able seaman—special.
able seaman—offshore supply vessels.
able seaman—sail.
able seaman—fishing industry.
(Pub. L. 98–89, Aug. 26, 1983, 97 Stat. 542; Pub. L. 98–364, title IV, § 402(9)(C), July 17, 1984, 98 Stat. 448.)
cite as: 46 USC 7306