Qualified Deck Rating Course at Namfi

Qualified Deck Rating Course at Namfi

What is Qualified Deck Rating Course?

Deck Ratings steer the ship, keep watch and assist the Navigation (Deck) Officer in a range of navigational, operational and cargo duties. In port, you would secure the ship to the dock, carry out maintenance and contribute to the security of the vessel.


Duties of Deck Ratings- The Deck Ratings is responsible for cargo handling, mooring/ unmooring and general maintenance of the ship, addition to that carry out Bridge watch, cargo watch. Steering of the ship as and when required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Deck Cadet A rating?

Deck Cadet/Cadette – are part of deck ratings as he needs exposure to all deck works since he/she is just starting out his/her sea career. He/She needs guidance and supervision at all times by his seniors and needs to learn all the basic seamanship and deck works.

Is Deck Cadet an officer?

Supplemented by shore-based learning, becoming a Deck Cadet is the first step to reaching an Officer ranking on-board. Typical employers include shipping companies, cruise companies, and ship agencies, and the work is, by its very nature, international.

What comes after deck cadet?

The deck officer first starts off as a deck cadet and on completing requisite sea-time and examination goes on to become a third officerand then a second officer, later a Chief Officer and then a Captain of a ship.

What is the difference between deck cadet and deck officer? 

The deck officer or mate is essentially an officer serving in the deck department. Depending on the size of the ship, the deck department may have one or more deck officers. A deck cadet, on the other hand is an officer under training.

What are the jobs of deck cadet?

  • An Officer on bridge watch.
  • Taking note of tank sounding.
  • A well maintained ship.
  • Fire Fighting on board ship.
  • Berthing/Unberthing Operation at port.
  • Mooring operation at port.

How much time does it take to become a captain from deck cadet?

Once you clear Master exam, you can be promoted to Captain Rank by your company. And generally it takes 10-11 years to become a Captain.

How do I become a deck cadet?

Educational Qualification: For 10+2 Science students: from a recognized Board/University with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM), with not less than 65% marks in PCM aggregate.

What is the minimum number of deck officers?

(1) Subject to paragraph (2) of this Regulation, sail training ships shall carry a minimum number of two qualified deck officers of whom one shall be the holder of a certificate of competency Class 1 and the other the holder of a certificate of competency Class 2.

What is deck officer?

Deck officers maintain watches on the bridge at sea and about the ship in port. They are responsible for passage planning, safe navigation of the vessel, cargo loading and discharge, ship stability, communications and maintenance of the hull and deck equipment.

What do you need to become a deck officer?

You can start your career as a Merchant Navy officer-cadet (deck) on an industry sponsored foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree, at a maritime college or university. Courses usually include onboard practical training.

How long does it take to become a deck officer?

With the appropriate amount of sea time and after an examination, you become an able seaman. After six months working in a ship’s wheelhouse, followed by successful completion of the third mate examination, you reach the most junior deck officer rank.

Is an entry level position in the deck department?

Ordinary Seaman or OS is an entry-level position in the deck department. An OS performs various general duties within the deck department. His duties include taking care of general needs of the crew and guarding the ship while in port. This position has a possibility for promotion to Able Seaman.

Who is responsible for the deck logbook?

The deck log may, at the discretion of the master or owner, can be kept united with the ship’s official log book log so that in all cases the spaces in the official logbook be duly filled up. For this reason, the logbook of a ship should be properly filled without any errors. Time of arrival and departure and ETA.

What is the main responsibility of deck department?

The deck department is responsible for safely receiving, discharging, and caring for cargo during a voyage. The ship’s bosun, an able seaman (AB) day worker, and a watchstander AB are seen here working aloft aboard a U.S. freighter to maintain cargo rigging.

How many deck officers are on a cruise ship?

There are in general two different types of positions – Deck Officers (Captain; Staff Captain; 1st, 2nd, 3rd Officers; Safety Officer; Security Officer; Deck Cadet) and Deck Ratings – Boatswain/Bosun, Carpenter, Able Seaman Unlimited, Ordinary Seaman Entry Level and Deckhand.