Transitioning from the position of Able Body (AB), the role of Able Seafarer Deck (AS-D or AB Deck) represents a distinguished qualification within the deck department aboard ocean-going vessels exceeding 500 gross tonnages (GT). The ABD certification aligns with the stipulations of STCW regulation II/5 of the STCW 1978 Convention, as amended.
An ABD assumes versatile responsibilities, encompassing duties as a vigilant watch stander, efficient day worker, or a harmonious blend of both capacities. Specification of minimum standards of competence of ratings as able seafarer deck will achieved through covering the five functions (in the support level) of Navigation, Cargo handling and stowage, Controlling the operation of the ship and care for persons on board, Maintenance and repair.
To qualify for the ABD certification, the student must submit documented evidence of completing a minimum of 18 months of sea service and successfully undergo a comprehensive oral evaluation pertinent to this rank.