Hiring Policies and Requirements

Requirements for Seagoing Employment with U.S. Shipping Corp:

  • U.S. Coast Guard License (unlimited tonnage or any horsepower)
  • STCW ’95 Certificate
  • Merchant Mariner’s Document
  • U.S. Passport

Tankerman PIC or Tankerman Engineer endorsement is also required but may be waived for the first tour in order to complete the prerequisite requirements for this certification.


Qualified candidates must successfully complete a pre-employment screening, including:

  • Physical examination, including benzene exposure questionnaire and drug testing
  • Functional capacity exam
  • Marine Index Bureau background check

All pre-employment exams are paid for by the company. Candidates must also agree to comply with U.S. Shipping Corp’s “Short Hair/Clean Shave” safety policy and sign an authorization permitting U.S. Shipping to conduct the Marine Index Bureau background check.

All officers must be members of the American Maritime Officers Union (AMO). If you are not a member of the union, you must join prior to the end of your first tour in order to receive vacation pay and other benefits. To obtain an application for AMO, visit www.amo-union.org or call 800.362.0513.