The westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, Europe is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Black Sea to the southeast, the Mediterranean Sea to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The economic and political association of 27 European member states, the European Union (EU) has developed a single market through which a standardized system of laws apply, and under this union, sixteen member states have adopted the euro as its common currency. In 2006, the EU had a gross inland energy consumption of 1,825 million tonnes of oil equivalent, with nuclear energy as the primary source of energy produced in the region. Currently, the EU imports around 82% of its oil and 57% of its natural gas resources.
A B Seaman refers to a qualified seaman a rank above Ordinary Seaman in the navy or military (although in a civilian occupation this may be an unlicensed crew member). An A B Seaman will work in the Deck department and report to the Chief Mate. This may also be referred to as "Able Seaman" or "Able-Bodied Seaman". The A B Seaman performs watch standing duties as well as general maintenance and upkeep of materials and equipment on board.