2016 US Code
Title 46 - Shipping
Subtitle II - Vessels and Seamen
Part E - Merchant Seamen Licenses, Certificates, and Documents
Chapter 73 - Merchant Mariners' Documents
Sec. 7309 - Able seamen-special

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Citation 46 U.S.C. § 7309 (2016)
Section Name §7309. Able seamen—special
Section Text

The required service for the endorsement of able seaman—special, qualified for special service on a vessel on any waters, is at least 12 months' service on deck on board vessels operating on the oceans or the navigable waters of the United States (including the Great Lakes).

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(Pub. L. 98–89, Aug. 26, 1983, 97 Stat. 543.)

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Revised sectionSource section (U.S. Code)
7309 46:672(b)(3)

Section 7309 establishes the minimum service requirements for an individual to qualify as able seamen—special.


Service used to qualify for endorsement as able seaman—fishing industry to be accepted as qualifying service toward an endorsement under this section, see section 602(e)(3) of Pub. L. 101–595, set out as a note under section 7306 of this title.

Publication Title United States Code, 2012 Edition, Supplement 4, Title 46 - SHIPPING
Category Bills and Statutes
Collection United States Code
SuDoc Class Number Y 1.2/5:
Contained Within Title 46 - SHIPPING
Subtitle II - Vessels and Seamen
Part E - Merchant Seamen Licenses, Certificates, and Documents
Sec. 7309 - Able seamen-special
Contains section 7309
Date 2016
Laws In Effect As Of Date January 6, 2017
Positive Law Yes
Disposition standard
Statutes at Large Reference 97 Stat. 543
Public Law References Public Law 98-89, Public Law 101-595
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