46 CFR 12.05-3 - General requirements.
(5) Speak and understand the English language as would be required in performing the general duties of able seaman and during an emergency aboard ship.
(b) An STCW endorsement, will be issued or renewed only when the candidate for certification as an able seaman also produces satisfactory evidence, on the basis of assessment of a practical demonstration of skills and abilities, of having achieved or maintained within the previous 5 years the minimum standards of competence for the following 4 areas of basic safety:
(1) Personal survival techniques as set out in table A-VI/1-1 of the STCW Code (incorporated by reference in § 12.01-3).
(c) An STCW endorsement as rating forming part of the navigational watch will be issued or renewed when the candidate for an endorsement meets the requirements of STCW Regulation II/4 and of Section A-II/4 of the STCW Code (incorporated by reference, see § 12.01-3).
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