University of Alaska Fairbanks
AB Unlimited: As directed by the Chief Mate and Boatswain, this unlicensed Deck position is responsible for safe and proper maintenance and operation of winches, A-frames, cranes, davits, and windlasses, capstans, cranes, hand tools, small crafts and other deck machinery. Handles lines when mooring and unmooring. Mobilizes and demobilizes for science cruises by rigging gangways, loading and stowing stores and scientific equipment, ensures that all cargo is properly lashed and all hatches are secure. Works non-standard flexible watch hours, stands watch as look-out. Rigs, deploys and retrieves over the side science packages. Splices wire or fiber line, works aloft and over the side of the ship, sews, repairs and mends canvas, chips paint, prepares surfaces, mixes and applies paint. Works with small boats and acts as a member of emergency and lifesaving teams. Assumes the duties of the cox'n or person in charge of the life raft or rescue boat. Performs routine preventative maintenance of all Deck Department assigned interior and exterior areas including ship's hull, decks, bulkheads, passageways and superstructure. Maintains sanitary cleanliness of the ship and keeps assigned areas in shipshape condition. Adheres to safe working practices ensuring safety of all hands involved in deck related operations through training, use proper safety equipment, and following safety procedures and guidelines. Understands pertinent safety, environmental, regulatory rules and regulations. Keeps Chief Mate and Boatswain well informed on a daily basis. Performs other related duties as required.
Advanced and pertinent knowledge and experience with safely over-boarding and recovering equipment at sea. Advanced deck equipment skills: crane, winch, davit and small boat launch, recovery and operation. Knowledge of life raft equipment and able to assume the duties of the cox'n or man in charge of the life raft or rescue boat. Experience in preventive maintenance of deck equipment, ship maintenance and upkeep, proper methods of prep/paint work, inventory of painting and preservation equipment. Line handling and warping during berthing and departing movement of vessels; rigging and handling of deck equipment and supplies. Small boat handling, proficiency as a rigger, loads and rigging/un-rigging ladders, brows, and gangways. Ability to create electronic documents and inventory spreadsheets. Stand navigation bridge watches at helm and lookout, and in port security watches. Adaptability to apply knowledge and skill to perform other mission-related duties as assigned, including duties related to the safety of the vessel and personnel. Ability to develop and maintain a positive working relationship with all vessel and visiting personnel.
One year experience as an AB on vessels where deploying and retrieving gear over the side is routinely required. Graduation from a maritime academy with a license of 3M unlimited may be substituted for previous AB experience.
Required Education or Training:
Applicants must have the following: TWIC card, USCG Medical Certificate, U. S. Coast Guard (USCG), Merchant Mariners Credential (MMC) with the following endorsements: Able Seaman-Unlimited, RFPNW, Lifeboatman, Able Seafarer -Deck, PSC, and Basic Training, First Aid and CPR certifications, and a U.S. Passport.