Seafarer (deck rating) (level 2)
Working as part of the navigation department on ships and other vessels, keeping watch and maintaining safety and security, and carrying out a range of practical tasks.
- Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
- Typical duration
- 18 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Transport and logistics
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
- Also known as
- Able Seafarer
- Deck Rating
- Efficient Deck Hand
- Ordinary Seaman
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Create/adapt access to/egress from the vessel that is needed for the situation, and within the limits of own responsibilities. For example, access to vehicle decks or walkways.
- Respond to all emergency and security situations on board in line with assigned duties.
- Assist with deployment and operations of emergency equipment applicable to the situation.
- Operate firefighting equipment appropriate to the situation and in accordance with procedures.
- Administer the right emergency first aid that is applicable to the situation.
- Assist with the safe handling of a vessel in a high traffic density environment in tidal and non-tidal conditions including in ports, locks and in the vicinity of obstructions and other fixed infrastructure.
- Assist with bridge look-out duties in line with organisational procedures whilst complying with industry regulations.
- Determine which deck operations to prioritise, to meet operational objectives, while maintaining safe practice.
- Maintain vessels in a safe and seaworthy condition in accordance with regulations and procedures. Assist with maintaining vessel machinery (including deck equipment) in full operational condition.
- Work as part of a team in order to achieve operational goals.
- Identify and follow organisational/industry procedures and working practices.
- Identify and report risks in accordance with own organisation’s procedures.
- Select the appropriate communication method needed for the situation and the audience.
- Use appropriate mooring configurations and equipment in relation to the prevailing tidal, weather conditions and vessel design characteristics.
- Execute anchoring procedure as instructed.
- Minimise risks to marine pollution within limits of own operational responsibilities.
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