Essential Functions, Physical Capabilities/Requirements, and Working Conditions of all Marine Positions
All marine positions have
essential functions that personnel must be able to perform, minimum physical
capacities and requirements that all personnel must meet, and working
conditions that may be considered hazardous.
Work at least 8 hours per
day and, at times in excess of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Work at sea for three to five
Live and work in cramped quarters,
frequently in bad weather and with violent ship motion.
Pass examinations for visual
acuity, color sense, and hearing as established in Title 46 CFR Parts
10 and 12, and pass a physical evaluation as described in the enclosed
Navigation and Vessel Inspection Articles 6-89.
Climb steep and vertical ladders,
and enter and exit compartments through hatches, doors, and sills up to
two feet high.
Participate in emergency drills
and in launching lifeboats and life rafts.
Perform physical labor, climb
and handle moderate weights and equipment over 50 pounds.
of Essential Function
confined and unstable areas.
maintain, and inspect equipment.
areas, equipment and stores by ladder and stairs.
bilge pockets, and under ladders and winch beds.
where sight is limited.
nuts, bolts, tools, and cleaning gear.
equipment and stores with sure grip.
over 50 pounds.
over 50 pounds.
and under equipment and stores.
menus, logs, charts, and gauges in poor lighting.
crane, Avon, lifeboat, and life raft.
rounds at sea.
of Hazardous Area/Duty
engine spaces, and tanks
allergens and irritants
solvents, cleaners, dust, fumes, smoke, and gases
in rough seas during equipment maintenance
in tropics and high latitudes; in engine room
sea; slippery and uneven surfaces; moving parts and objects; climbing
ladders; and working aloft
and loud engine room noise, blowers, exhaust fans
and irregular working hours
engines and chipping hammer
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