TITLE 46 - SHIPPING
CHAPTER I - COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
SUBCHAPTER B - MERCHANT MARINE OFFICERS AND SEAMEN
PART 12 - CERTIFICATION OF SEAMEN
12.05 - 1 - Certification required.
(a) Every person employed in a rating as able seaman on any United States vessel requiring certificated able seamen, before signing articles of agreement, shall present to the master, his or her certificate as able seaman (issued in the form of a merchant mariner's document).
(b) No certificate as able seaman is required of any person employed on any tug or towboat on the bays and sounds connected directly with the seas, or on any unrigged vessel except seagoing barges or tank barges.
(c) The following categories of able seaman are established: (1) Able SeamanAny Waters, Unlimited.
(2) Able SeamanLimited.
(3) Able SeamanSpecial.
(4) Able SeamanSpecial (OSV).
[CGD 80 131, 45 FR 69240, Oct. 20, 1980]