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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Work with fibre ropes, wire ropes and chains on a vessel 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
113995  Work with fibre ropes, wire ropes and chains on a vessel 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this unit standard will be able to describe the use of fibre ropes, wire ropes and chains and will be able to handle these in a safe manner on board a sea-going vessel.

They will also be able to use knots and lashings as well as splice ropes and on eye in a wire rope on board a sea-going vessel.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Handle and stow fibre ropes, wire ropes and/or chains on sea-going vessels.
  • Describe the construction and storage of fibre ropes.
  • Select and use knots and lashings.
  • Splice ropes to purpose on a vessel.
  • Splice an eye in a wire rope under supervision. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Communication and Mathematics literacy at NQF Level 2
  • Basic knowledge and/or skills equivalent to qualification as an Ordinary Seaman
  • Pre-sea familiarisation standard or equivalent competence 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Handle and stow fibre ropes, wire ropes and/or chains on sea-going vessels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Commonly used fibre and wire ropes, and chains, are identified, described and used correctly in accordance with their design and purpose, and the vessel's operating procedures and/or safety policies. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Fibre ropes include, but are not limited to: natural fibre, polyester, nylon, polypropylene, polyethylene.
  • Wire ropes include, but are not limited to: six strand, three strand, right hand lay.
  • Chains include, but are not limited to: long chain, short link, stud link, mid-link.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Fibre ropes are coiled and flaked out in accordance with their construction type, and vessel's operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ropes and chains are handled in a manner that protects the operator, crew, and passengers, and in line with the vessel's operating procedures and/or safety procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Ropes and chains are stowed in a manner that ensures that they are ready for immediate use as required, according to vessel operating procedures and/or safety procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Chaffing materials used to protect fibre ropes, and methods to maximise the working life of wire ropes and chains, are identified and described in accordance with current accepted industry practice and/or vessel's operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The consequences of not using such materials is explained with reference to cost and safety of personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Damage to ropes and chains, or visual signs of potential failure, is identified and reported in accordance with vessel operating procedures and/or safety procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Damage to wire ropes includes, but is not limited to: sprags, weak points at the end of the eye, visible signs of core.
  • Damage to chains includes, but is not limited to: elongation, abrasion, distortion, cracking.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Safe working loads of wire ropes and chains are determined in accordance with rope type and size. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the construction and storage of fibre ropes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Materials used in the manufacture of ropes used on a vessel are identified and described in terms of their particular strengths, weaknesses and application. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Materials include, but are not limited to: natural fibre, polyester, nylon, polypropylene, polyethylene.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The construction and type of rope used on a vessel are identified and examples of their use is given in accordance with best practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Types include, but are not limited to: monofilament, laid, braid, multi plait.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The storage requirements for ropes are described in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and vessel operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences of incorrect storage are described in terms of cost and safety. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Select and use knots and lashings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Knots and lashings are described in terms of their strengths and weaknesses for particular applications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Knots and lashings include, but are not limited to: bowline, sheet bend, round turn, two half hitches, figure eight, double sheet bend, rolling hitch, clove hitch, fisherman's bend/anchor hitch, black wall hitch, barrel hitch.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The consequences of incorrect selection or execution are described with reference to personal, crew or vessel safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Knots and lashings are selected and tied in a manner that is consistent with the intended purpose of the knots or lashing, in accordance with vessel's operating and/or safety policies and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Splice ropes to purpose on a vessel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Ends of synthetic rope are stopped in accordance with vessel standards and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ropes are spliced in accordance with vessel standards and procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    3 strand rope - backsplice, eyesplice, shortsplice; multi plait rope - eyesplice.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The splice selected is appropriate to the intended purpose of the splice in accordance with accepted industry practice and/or Standing Instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Whippings are tied in accordance with vessel standards and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Splice an eye in a wire rope under supervision. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Splicing tools are selected according to the wire rope size. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Splicing tools are used safely according to the supervisor`s instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The splice is carried out according to the supervisor`s instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Terminology used is consistent with industry usage. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Providers of learning towards this unit standard will need to meet the accreditation requirements of the relevant ETQA.

    Moderation Option: The moderation requirements of the relevant ETQA must be met in order to award credit to learners for this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate`s performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.
  • Guidance in correct operation of equipment is provided in The Code of Safe Working Practices for Seamen.
  • Prevention of pollution of the marine environment is governed by regulation, (MARPOL) legislated by the International Maritime Organisation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to wear-and-tear of ropes and chains. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when using splicing tools to splice on eye in a wire rope. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities when gathering tools to repair ropes and wires. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when determining the storage requirements of ropes and chains. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented.
  • Make sure that evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent.

    The following particular issues should be taken into consideration when assessing against this unit standard:
  • All candidates to be assessed for this unit standard are required to provide evidence of competence (obtained by attending an approved course) in the following:
    (i) Basic First Aid.
    (ii) Fire Fighting
  • Evidence is required with regard to the candidate being medically fit.
  • The importance of both safety and due care and consideration for the environment is to be kept in mind when assessing a candidate for this unit standard. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Definition of Terms:

    Terms have been clarified as far as possible through the use of range statements. Further clarification of terms is provided as follows:

    SAMSA - South African Maritime Safety Authority.

    This body is responsible for issuing certificates of competence at all levels in terms of the Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) Regulations, 1999.

    Issued by the Minister of Transport, under section 356 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1951 (Act No. 57 of 1951). GG 20772/RG 6707

    ISM - International Safety Management
    This refers to a safety management system stipulated by regulation of the International Maritime Organisation. (IMO)

    SOPEP- Ship Oil pollution Emergency Plan
    Pollution plan in place for a particular ship, as required by the marine pollution regulations (MARPOL) legislated by IMO.

    FFA:- Fire fighting Appliances
    LSA:- Life saving Appliances
    IOPP:- International Oil Pollution Prevention
    MARPOL:- Marine Pollution
    EPIRB :- Emergency Position Indicating radio Beacon.
    SART:- Search and radar Transponder 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48535   National Certificate: Maritime Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2017-10-26  TETA 
    Elective  59730   National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging)  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre 
    2. Matimba Rigging & Training (SECUNDA) (TP) 
    3. South African Fire and Medical Academy (SAFMA) 



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