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Ordinary Seaman Job Description and Duties:

Cruise ship OS - Oridnary Seaman

The Ordinary Seaman (OS) is an unlicensed member of the deck department of the cruise ship. This is the entry level non-watch standing position in the department and the OS acts as an apprentice of the Able Seaman, learning the trade and gaining experience while working in order to progress to AB position after acquiring sufficient amount of sea time and passing the required examination. The main duties andresponsibilities of the Ordinary Seaman include, but are not limited to:

- Reports to the Bosun (Boatswain)

- Responsible for the routine maintenance of the decks, hull and superstructure of the ship - cleaning, painting, removing rust accumulations etc.

- Participates in ropes and lines handling and warping during berthing and departing movement of the vessel

- Cleans, maintains and keeps in proper working condition emergency and lifesaving equipment

- Participates in the launch and recovery of tenders, lifeboats and rescue boats

- Undergoes on-the-job-training under the supervision of deck crew superiors - Able Seamen and the Bosun

- Attends safety and lifeboat drills

Cruise Ship Ordinary Seaman Job Requirements:

  • Minimum of six months experience aboard a ship as an OS or Deckhand

  • Candidates must demonstrate willingness to work hard and learn the trade of a Seafarer

  • Ability to work under pressure

  • Basic knowledge of the English language and ability to understand verbal commands

  • Ability to work in multicultural environment

Ordinary Seaman (OS) Salary Range:

$1200 to 1800 U.S. per month depending on the cruise line and time served with the company. Possibilities for promotion to Able Seaman position.


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