Sea Service Benchmarks
These Sea Service Benchmarks are intended to: Firstly, provide a quick reference to see what you may qualify for. And secondly, to build a career path to advance quickly. In short, the fastest way to advance is to get the license as soon as you can.
However, Keep in mind that getting the license does not guarantee the job. But, unless you have the license you will not get the job.
In summary, this benchmark list is not intended to provide details. For details, reference the links at the end.
From no-experience to less than 1-year.
0 to 179-days
With less than 179-days of sea time the mariner should get an OS. To clarify, the OS, or Ordinary Seaman, is for entry level jobs.
180 to 359-days
Firstly, Mate 200-ton or less, Inland.
Secondly, Able Seaman (AB) Sailing, Fishing, or OSV.
Second Sea Service Benchmarks
One-year or more, but less than two-years.
360 to 539-days
Secondly, Mate 100 or 200-ton, Near Coastal.
Thirdly, Master 100 or 200-ton, Inland.
Fourthly, AB Special.
540 to 719-days
Secondly, AB Limited.
Third Sea Service Benchmarks
Two-years or more, but less than three-years.
720 to 899-days
Firstly, Master 100, or 200-ton, Near Coastal.
Secondly, Mate 500 or 1600-ton, Inland, Near Coastal, or Oceans.
900 to 1079-days
Mate (Pilot) of towing, any route.
Fourth Sea Service Benchmarks
Three-years or more.
1080 to 1439-days
Firstly, Mate of Uninspected Fishing Industry Vessels, Near Coastal, or Oceans.
Secondly, Master 500, or 1600-ton Inland.
Thirdly, Master 500-ton Near Coastal, or Oceans.
Fourthly, AB Unlimited.
1440-days and more
Firstly, Master of Towing, any route.
Secondly, Master of Uninspected Fishing Industry Vessel, Near Coastal or Oceans.
Fourthly, Master 1600-ton, Near Coastal, or Oceans.