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Efficient Deck Hand requirement comes into play

16th Jun 2015

As of June 2015, deck crew will have 18 months to complete the Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) requirement before they can be issued with their Certificate of Competency.

It is advised that deck crew working towards their OOW complete this course as soon as possible to ensure they have the necessary certification by 1st January 2017.

The Efficient Deck Hand course is a 5 day MCA-approved course covering: shipboard organisation and operations; pilot ladders and means of access; cargo work; safety; and seamanship including knots, splicing and rigging.

Prerequisites for the course:

- Must be at least 17 years of age
- Must hold a valid ENG1 certificate
- Must hold at least one of the following:

• MCA accepted Yachtmaster Offshore certificate and shorebased course
• Yacht rating with at least six months' sea service and a steering certificate or NWR certificate
• Fishing Class 2 CoC or the Seafish five day watchkeeping course for under 16.5m fishing certificates
• BML Tier 1 level 2 certificates; or
• Tug rating with at least six months' sea service (which may be in categorised water) and a steering certificate or a NWR certificate.

Note: before an EDH certificate can be issued a minimum of six months' sea service in vessels of more than 15m is required.

The Professional Yachting Association (PYA) recently posted the following notice in regards to the EDH course.

'EDH (Efficient Deckhand) requirement will come into play as of the end of June when the new M-notice is published. This means that after 1st January 2017, this certificate must have been issued within 18 months prior to the issue of the Certificate of Competency. So try to make sure you have this course completed ASAP to avoid any disappointment when coming to do your OOW.’


For more information contact the C&NI Crew Placement Division or your training provider.

by Camper Nicholsons

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After 1st January 2017, the EDH certificate must have been issued within 18 months prior to the issue of the Certificate of Competency.