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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Understand, interpret and apply ship stowage plan 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
242973  Understand, interpret and apply ship stowage plan 
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 4  NQF Level 04  12 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
14000  Understand, interpret and apply ship stowage plan  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this unit standard will be able to interpret and apply information from the stowage plan for the effective planning and safe implementation of a stevedoring operation.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Understanding and explaining knowledge of cargo types and their specific stowage and lashing requirements.
  • Recognising and Interpreting abbreviations, colour codes and layout/format used in stowage plans.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of, interpret and apply stowage plan information. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners accessing this unit standard are competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard is for people interpreting and applying a stowage plan for the loading and discharging of any cargo aboard cargo vessels, in conjunction with the ship's personnel and their agents. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Understand and explain knowledge of cargo types and their specific stowage and lashing requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principle cargo types are listed according to stowage and lash requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Bulk Cargo (wet and dry), Consumables/perishables, Forest Products, Steel Products, Granite, Motor Vehicles, Live Stock and Hazardous Cargo.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Cargo compatibility is identified and explained in terms of principle cargo types. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Stowage, lashing and separation requirements are identified and explained in terms of principle cargo types. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Recognise and Interpret abbreviations, colour codes and layout/format used in stowage plans. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Abbreviations are identified and interpreted in terms of stowage plan, as per organisational standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Colour codes are identified and explained in terms of stowage plan as per organisational standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Colour coding includes but is not limited to: Port marks and Cargo Separation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ship's cargo plan is interpreted and specific locations identified according to stowage plans. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate knowledge of, interpret and apply stowage plan information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Stowage plan is identified as per operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Stowage plan information is identified and applied according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Contingency Plans are developed in terms of the original stowage plan, in order to minimise delays and maximise productivity. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Contingency plans could include but are not limited to: Non-arrival of cargo, Rejected/damaged cargo, Alteration in port sequences and short-shipped cargo.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The use of stowage factors are identified and explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of basic dynamic and static stresses due to movement in a seaway with respect to lashing arrangements and cargo location. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Rolling, pitching, heaving and pounding. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The movement of cargo due to ship's motion at sea is anticipated and explained according to cargo securing procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Lashing points are identified and lashing material and equipment prepared, as per cargo type and location on board, in anticipation of dynamic stresses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Cargo is secured to prevent movement at sea, as per vessel and skipper's requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following knowledge is considered essential and will be assessed in the assessment criteria attached to the specific outcomes of the unit standard.
  • Basic trigonometry.
  • Basic numerical skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Understanding of basic ship stability concepts, bending moments and stresses in a beam/structure.
  • Basic product knowledge and types.
  • Interpret a 3-D diagram (plan, end and side elevation).
  • Understand the concepts of volume, mass, density, specific gravity and buoyancy.
  • Client care knowledge and orientation.
  • Understand Basic Ship Design.
  • Definition of Terms as found in the latest edition of the South African Ports Cargo Handling Code of Practice issued by the National Port Authority and incorporated into the Maritime Occupational Safety Regulations 1994 by Government notice No. R. 1904.
  • It is to be noted that the Maritime Occupational Safety Regulations 1994 (in terms of the Merchant Shipping Act) apply to this Standard and not the Occupational Health & Safety Act. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical thinking skills: in relation to the interpretation of the stowage plan. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively: in the collation of all relevant information for the timeous understanding and completion of the critical stowage information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise and critically evaluate information: from the stowage plan for the safe stowage of cargo. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically (showing responsibly towards the environment and health of others): in relation to the use of dedicated software for the interpretation of stability, bending moment and stress information. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 14000, " Understand, interpret and apply ship stowage plan ", Level 4, 12 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  57831   National Certificate: Freight Handling  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  65529   Further Education and Training Certificate: Transport Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    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. Aldabri 106 Institute for Quality Pty Ltd 
    2. College of Production Technology 
    3. DQ Staffing Solutions 
    4. Learning Exchange Pty (Ltd) 
    5. Makwedeng Training 
    6. Production Management Institute (PMI) 
    7. SA Maritime School and Transport College 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.