Able Bodied Seaman

Coastal Transportation, Inc, owns five freighters, ranging from 225’ to 260’ long. We deliver cargo from our terminal in Seattle to towns in Western Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, such as Sandpoint, Chignik, King Cove, Cold Bay, False Pass, and Dutch Harbor. We have an opening for a full-time A.B.

The A.B. needs a Merchant Mariner’s Document (MMD) from the Coast Guard. A.B.s, deckhands, and wipers all load cargo on and off the boats, act as lookout, and perform maintenance work such as painting and splicing rope. For the A.B., deckhand, and wiper, each work day is at least 12 hours long and usually much longer.

Two-thirds of the trip is underway time, standing watches, doing cleaning, and maintenance. One-third of the 24-day trip is spent in cargo operations. Cargo operations are rough physical work in an extreme environment. You must be able to lift heavy weights, up to 100 pounds. Main duties of cargo operation are: driving yard and stay cargo gear; operating lift trucks; slinging loads; working with lashing chain, chain binders, and dunnage; and sweeping and cleaning cargo holds. This is a fast-paced job, suitable for high-energy individuals. Carefully read the physical requirements of the job, which can be found on our website at:

These are full time jobs. You usually work three trips and then take a trip off. A trip is usually 24 days long. Between trips the crew generally gets 1 to 7 days off in Seattle.

Our pay scale is:


Starting (Starting wage may be more, DOE)

Able-Bodied Seaman


After a trial period employees are eligible for medical /dental plan and a 401k retirement plan.Applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screening. Our operation is drug and alcohol free.

To download an Application form and learn more about the job requirements, please visit We accept applications by mail, fax, or email, Attn: Vessel Operations Assistant. We do not accept phone calls. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you would prefer, you may email us your name and address and an application packet will be mailed to your address.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We are an equal opportunity employer and participate in the E-Verify program which was established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify newly hired employment eligibility.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $280.00 /day

Application Question:

  • Do you hold an Able-Bodied Seaman MMC issued from the Coast Guard?