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An STCW II/5 Able Seafarer – Deck is a qualified rating at the STCW Support Level in the deck department on seagoing vessels of 500GT or more. Duties include but are not limited to standing navigational watches, security watches, maintaining the safety and security of the ship its cargo and personnel and undertaking a range of practical seafarer skills including rope work, anchoring, mooring activities and the general operation of the ship and its systems.

This course is one of a number of prerequisites to attaining the AB Seafarer Certificate.

To attain an AB Seafarer Deck Certificate you must hold.

Hold an AB Seafarer Deck Course Certificate.

Have completed mandatory STCW basic training below

  1.  STCW EFA Elementary First Aid
  2.  STCW PST Personal Survival Techniques
  3. .STCW PSSR Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities
  4.  STCW SSA Ship Security Awareness
  5.  STCW Fire Fighting

18 Months Verified Sea time

Hold a Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (other than fast rescue boats).

Then apply to MSO for your AB Ticket.


 An able seafarer must be able to work safely in enclosed spaces and at heights, and must also be able to respond to vessel emergencies, administer emergency first aid; carry out fire prevention and fire-fighting duties; be able to use survival techniques in the water; and be able to operate survival craft and rescue boats.

As of January 1, 2017, onboard a seagoing vessel of 500 GT or more, no person may serve, as an able seafarer-deck, except for in a training capacity, unless this person holds a valid STCW endorsement as II/5 Able Seafarer Deck.

This MSO Approved course includes Practical and written examinations towards the issuance of a Course Completion Certificate.

This course also includes practical sessions in knot tying and Splicing, using natural fibre and man-made fibre rope and including modern multi braids dynex, dynema 8 and 12 strand etc.

 Course Content:

  • Marlinspike Seamanship
  • Shipboard Terminology
  • Rules of the Road
  • Aids to Navigation
  • Buoyage Systems
  • Watchkeeping & Helmsman Duties
  • Ship Construction
  • Permit to work system
  • Risk assessment
  • Cargo Handling & Stowage
  • Anchoring and Mooring
  • Fire Firefighting
  • Towing
  • Deck Maintenance
  • Shipboard Emergencies
  • Security
  • Marine Pollution

Additional Recommended/Required Courses:

STCW Basic Safety Training http://www.seamanship.ie/courses/stcw-courses

Deck Crane Course http://www.seamanship.ie/courses/safety-courses/deck- crane

Slinger/Signaller Course http://www.seamanship.ie/courses/safety-courses/slinger- signaller-training

Confined Space Awareness http://www.seamanship.ie/courses/safety-courses/confined- space-awareness

Risk Assessment http://www.seamanship.ie/courses/safety-courses/risk- assessment

Ben Tuimabualau 17/05/2018

I flew all the way from Fiji just to do this course and I can say it was worth every cent! Richard is an excellent course coordinator and I definitely recommend this company to everyone.

Quentin Ryder 21/09/2017

An excellent course, delivered in a thoroughly professional maner by an evidently hugely experienced Instructor.

Great, company, shows huge support.

Robert Fergus 22/01/2017

Just completed an able seafarer deck hand course last week. An excellent course and very practical knowledge being shared, both by the instructors and the experienced crew I was lucky enough to share the course with.
Looking forward to my next course in killybegs!

Clement Conningham 19/01/2017

Five Star Training Centre !!

Herman Rooney 05/01/2017

Best seamanship training company in the uk and ireland. I have already completed 3 courses and will be back for more. Thanks guys

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MSO Approved Able Seafarer Deck Course.

  • Product Code: Able Seafarer Deck Course.
  • Availability: In Stock
  • €690.00

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