Spanning Canada and the United States, North America is home to a plethora of major industry players, including Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's second-largest publicly traded company after Royal Dutch Shell. The region's oil and natural gas industry is focused on developing oil sands, deepwater gulf prospects and increasingly profitable shale deposits stretching across the continent. One of the premier sweet spots for deepwater exploration, the Gulf of Mexico is the largest body of water indenting the U.S. continental coastline, and its subsea developments continue to spark both national and international interest.
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.