Able Bodied Seaman (AB) – Marine

Conoco Phillips

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Job Summary

Polar Tankers Overview
Polar Tankers, a wholly owned subsidiary of ConocoPhillips, provides marine transportation for North Slope production, using five company-owned, double-hulled tankers in addition to chartering third-party vessels as necessary. The tankers deliver oil from Valdez, Alaska, to refineries primarily on the West Coast of the United States. The company operates five Endeavour-class tankers: Polar Endeavour, Polar Resolution, Polar Discovery, Polar Adventure and Polar Enterprise.

If you are selected as the Able Bodied Seaman (AB), you will be working under the direction of the Chief Mate and Master. The AB must have a good understanding of all deck machinery, cargo systems, and maintenance regimes, and be a prudent navigation and cargo watchkeeper. The AB is required to participate in all drills and emergencies and to assist with the enforcement of rules, procedures, regulations, and pollution prevention.

Job Description

This is a Safety Sensitive position.

Relocation is not available for this position.

Your responsibilities may include:

  • Docking/undocking procedures (handling lines, securing ship, etc.) and assisting with loading and discharging of cargo
  • Standing watch, either as lookout or on the bridge steering the vessel
  • Performing deck related maintenance duties under supervision of the Boatswain
  • Working aloft in certain situations
  • Typically works two 4-hour watches per 24-hour period with overtime occurring routinely. You may not work more than 15 hours per day or 36 hours per 3-day period

When docking the A. B. may be responsible for:

  • Loading ballast and using a tape to gauge tanks
  • Tend mooring lines as needed to keep ship against the berth
  • Assisting in crane operations for cargo hoses and taking on vessel stores
  • Operating manual valves and/or checking mechanical valves for accurate operation (ship dependent)
  • Bleeding lines at the chicksan and removing/attaching blanks
  • Being alert for spills throughout the operation
  • Taking lines from the tugboat, throwing heaving lines to the dock, pulling back the messenger lines, attaching messenger lines to mooring lines and assisting in slacking the mooring lines

When undocking the A.B. may be responsible for:

  • Pulling in and securing mooring lines and assisting in handling the tug lines (placing the line over the bit, removing the line from the bit)
  • Operating mechanical winches as necessary which may require guiding/lifting of the mandel shackle (not on all vessels) and securing the deck at the end of the operation. This includes stowing of lines, anchors, pilot ladders, fire hoses, etc.
  • Performing maintenance duties including maintenance/repair of deck equipment/machinery such as rigging/tackle, boat falls, crane(s), mooring lines and wires, and all safety equipment
  • Assisting with upkeep of decks and super structure, both interior and exterior
  • Repairing and maintaining other equipment as necessary
  • Assisting with tank washing/repair as directed by the Mate

Qualifications – External


  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer
  • Currently hold, or have the ability (with or without reasonable accommodation) to obtain, a U.S. Passport
  • Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)
  • Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC)
  • Currently hold the following endorsements on Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC):
  • Able Seafarer – Deck
  • Rating Forming Part Of A Navigational Watch (RFPNW)
  • Proficiency In Survival Craft & Rescue Boats (PSC)
  • Basic Training
  • Able Seaman (Unlimited, Limited or Special)
  • Lifeboatman
  • Willing and able (with or without reasonable accommodation) to perform the following:
  • To be away from home for periods in excess of two months
  • Push/pull up to 200 pounds
  • Lift/carry up to 100 pounds floor to shoulder
  • Lift up to 50 pounds from floor to overhead
  • Climb various ladders and stairs ranging from 5 to 200 feet in height
  • Stand for long periods of time


  • 1+ years of experience working on a crude oil tanker
  • 1+ years of experience working on a product tanker
  • 1+ years of experience in operating a mechanical winch
  • 1+ years of experience in operating a crane
  • Willing and able (with or without reasonable accommodation) to work overtime
  • Able to clearly follow instructions, both written and verbal
  • Able to apply common sense to achieve outcomes according to the company’s operating procedures and safety protocols
  • Possess organization, efficiency and is a methodical problem solver
  • Takes ownership of actions and follows through on commitments by holding others accountable and standing up for what’s right
  • Delivers positive results through realistic planning to accomplish goals
  • Builds effective solutions based on available information and makes timely decisions that are safe and ethical
  • Currently hold the following endorsements on Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC):
  • Basic Oil Tanker Cargo Operations
  • Security Awareness
  • Tankerman Assistant
  • Vessel Personnel With Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)

All unlicensed employees earn paid leave on the basis of twenty-five (25) days paid leave for every thirty (30) days of sea service. Tour lengths range from 65-85 days with an average tour of seventy-five (75) days onboard and sixty (60) days of paid leave.

This position requires you to have a TWIC card (Transportation Workers Identification Card) to gain access to secure areas of Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) regulated facilities and vessels. Any candidate selected for this position will not be allowed to begin work without proof of application for this card. Visit the TSA website: TWIC® | Transportation Security Administration ( for more information.

Successful applicants are all ConocoPhillips employees represented by the in-house association, the Atlantic Maritime Employees Union (AMEU) for Unlicensed.

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ConocoPhillips’ sponsorship for employment authorization in the U.S. is NOT available for this position.


In the US, ConocoPhillips is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.

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