Deck Time Towards DDE License

Hi all,

Looking at testing for a DDE license. I have limited time working in the eng department but i was looking at the CFRs and found that deck time may count up to 180 days, giving me the opportunity to test for the 1000hp license. But i may be misunderstanding, is it just for recency? I wouldnt mind working as a “deckaneer” on an ocean tug. I cant find much info on license requirements for that position.

Service gained in the deck department on vessels of appropriate tonnage may
substitute for up to 25% or 180 days (whichever is less) of the required service
(may be applied towards recency).”

Look at the actual regulation. It’s not what you quoted above.