Course Criteria for Efficient Deck Hand

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June 2020

Course Criteria for Efficient Deck Hand

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This document provides the Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) Certificate and Examination Syllabus as part of the requirement leading to the issue of an STCW Able Seafarer Deck Certificate (Regulation II/5). This training is required by seafarers seeking certification under MSN 1862 (M) or MSN 1856 (M+F).

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The Efficient Deck Hand criteria have been developed to deliver training to meet the specification of minimum standards of competence of ratings as able seafarer deck as stated in Tables A-II/5 of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW code 1978 as amended).

The overall aim of this book is to provide seafarers with the necessary knowledge, understanding and proficiency to carry out specific deck hand duties in accordance with MCA requirements and as per STCW

Section One Introduction 
Section Two Outcomes 
Annex A Conditions for MCA approval of short courses 
Annex B STCW Code:
(i) Table A-II/5 — Specification of minimum standard of
competence of ratings as able seafarer deck 
Annex C Instructor/assessor qualification and experience requirements 
Annex D Specimen certificate of training — Efficient Deck Hand

1. What this document is about


1.1 This document provides the Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) Certificate and Examination Syllabus
as part of the requirement leading to the issue of an STCW Able Seafarer Deck Certificate
(Regulation II/5).
1.2 Training courses developed in line with these criteria and delivered at centres approved by
the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), will cover the mandatory minimum requirements
for certification of ratings as able seafarer deck.
1.3 The specifications described in this document have been developed by the Merchant Navy
Training Board (MNTB) in conjunction with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
1.4 The MCA has agreed with the MNTB that the specifications described in this document will
satisfy the requirements for training. A course developed to deliver Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)
shall be approved by the MCA in accordance with the approval process described in Annex A.
1.5 The national occupational standards relating to this training are:

A01 – Contribute to the stability and watertight integrity of a vessel
A11 – Take personal emergency action on board a vessel
A12 – Respond to emergencies on board a vessel
A32 – Maintain safe, legal and effective working practices on board a vessel
A33 – Ensure safe, legal and effective working practices on board a vessel
B01 – Contribute to maintaining a navigational watch
B13 – Contribute to vessel operations
B21 – Contribute to vessel mooring, anchoring and securing operations
B34 – Contribute to vessel loading and discharge

1.6 The suite of Maritime Studies Qualifications which contain units to this training are:

• Basic navigational watchkeeping
• Vessel ropework, anchoring and mooring operations
• Vessel ropework, anchoring and mooring activities
• Assisting with securing a vessel for passage
• Securing a vessel for passage
• Vessel construction and stability
• Survival in the Water
• Vessel fire prevention and fire fighting.

2. Why these criteria have been developed
2.1 The Efficient Deck Hand criteria have been developed to deliver training to meet the
specification of minimum standards of competence of ratings as able seafarer deck as stated
in Tables A-II/5 of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and
Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW code 1978 as amended), hereafter referred to as STCW.
2.2 EDH also forms part of the education and training requirements to obtain a UK Certificate of
Competency (See Section 10.6 of MSN 1856 (M+F)).

3. Who the training is aimed at
3.1 This training is required by seafarers seeking certification under MSN 1862 (M) or
MSN 1856 (M+F).

4. Aims of the training
4.1 The overall aim is to provide seafarers with the necessary knowledge, understanding and
proficiency to carry out specific deck hand duties in accordance with MCA requirements and
as per STCW.

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The MNTB is a voluntary body and a part of the UK Chamber of Shipping, the trade association for the UK shipping industry. We work closely with shipping and ship management companies, nautical educational establishments and organisations, seafarer trade unions, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and industry organisations with an interest in seafarer education and training.

The MNTB provides the link to government departments and bodies involved with the shipping industry as well as those involved with the UK skills agenda and education and training developments. This includes the Department for Transport (DfT), the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS), and UK education regulatory authorities and bodies. The MNTB works closely with the Maritime Skills Alliance to achieve joint aims with partner organisations in the maritime sector.

We carry out a wide range of careers promotion activities through our ‘Careers at Sea’ brand. This is currently under expansion to encompass the full range of careers activity at sea and within the shipping industry ashore and the wider maritime sector.

Title: Course Criteria for Efficient Deck Hand
Number of Volumes: 1
Number of Pages: 22
Product Code: IT103167
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-928-8
Published Date: June 2020
Weight: 0.20 kg
Author: MNTB

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