Able Seafarer Deck (AB)

Able Seafarer Deck (AB)


SAQA Qualification
Accredited by Services Seta – no 2335

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Your first position on a vessel will be an Ordinary Deckhand. After completing the Able Seafarer (Deck) learning opportunity you are required to obtain 18 months sea service in order to obtain your Able Seafarer Deck qualification and seaman’s book. Your sea service and task book must reflect your time and job function on a particular vessel. After occupying the position of an Able Seaman you may be appointed as a Bosun, the person in charge of Deck Operations.

Learning Content

On completion students will have sufficient knowledge on the following area’s:

  • Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Ship’s parts, functions and terms.
  • Emergency procedures.
  • Anchors and cables.
  • Marine pollution.
  • Derricks and cranes.
  • Navigational watch.
  • Principles of cargo handling and stowage.
  • Ropes and its usage, Bends and Hitches.

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