Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)
This course is designed to meet the latest standards of the MCA for the issue of an Efficient Deck Hand certificate.
The course includes theoretical and practical training in all elements of seamanship including:
- Rope and wire handling
- Anchors and mooring techniques
- Opening and closing cargo hatches
- Cargo gear and rigging
- Gangway and pilot ladders
- Watchkeeping and other duties
To qualify for the issue of an AB certificate, a seafarer must meet the following criteria:
Be at least 18 years of age
Hold a Watch Rating Certificate
Hold an EDH certificate (or a VQ2 in Marine Vessel Operation)
Hold an MCA approved Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boat other than fast rescue boats certificate (CPSC&RB)
Hold an ENG 1 or MCA accepted equivalent
Gain 12 months sea service in the deck department whilst holding an NWR certificate Regulation II/4 or whilst holding an EDH certificate
If you are working as a General Purpose (GP) Rating you must complete 18 months seagoing service, of which 6 months must be on deck duties.
Sea-service performed in a deck capacity on sea-going fishing vessels of more than 16.5m in registered length, Royal Naval ships or Mobile Offshore Units (MOU) will be counted in full but at least 6 months sea-service on merchant ships will be required for certification as an AB seaman. Seafarers with MOU sea service unable to complete the required 6 months on merchant ships will be issued with an AB certificate suitably endorsed with a limitation for use on MOUs. This limitation will be removed at a Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Marine Office on completion of 6 months sea service on merchant ships
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