Ordinary Seaman is not a class. What we do here at MTC Maritime Training Center is help with all the paperwork involved to get a Merchant Mariner Credential as an Ordinary Seaman.
To get a job as Ordinary Seaman, employers may want you to take a Basic Safety Training Course. If you want a job on SOLAS class vessels, you must take the Basic Safety Training Course in order to sail.
An (OS) is a naval rating of the deck department of a ship. The position is an apprenticeship to become an able seaman, and has been for centuries. In modern times, an OS is required to work on a ship for a specific amount of time, gaining what is referred to as “sea time”. For centuries, the term ordinary seaman was used to refer to a seaman with between one and two years’ experience at sea, who showed enough seamanship to be so rated by their captain.
An OS is generally not required to stand watch, but must pass examinations on watch standing skills such as performing lookout duty and being a helmsman. Thus an OS will often be found on a ship’s bridge after working hours taking a turn at the ship’s wheel or being familiarized with bridge equipment.
During the apprenticeship, an OS performs a variety of duties concerned with the operation and upkeep of deck department areas and equipment. These duties vary with the type of ship, the type of voyage, the number of crew members, the weather, the supervisor, and any number of other variables. However, in most cases, one can expect an ordinary seaman to clean, to perform maintenance, to work with deck equipment, and to undergo on-the-job-training under the supervision of senior deck department members.
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