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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate ship cargo lifting appliances 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
242977  Operate ship cargo lifting appliances 
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  10 
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
12118  Operate ship cargo lifting appliances  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this unit standard will be able to safely operate a range of shipboard lifting appliances specific to the stevedoring environment. They are able to operate in a safe working environment and report on and alter rig settings in accordance with rig use.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Identifying and explaining different rig configurations, winch layouts and utilisation.
  • Establishing safety of lifting appliances in the work environment.
  • Ensuring lifting appliance is operated within Safe Working Load (SWL) according to rig use.
  • Recognising, Interpreting and adhering to gangway communication signals.
  • Operating ship-lifting appliances singly or with other operators on any given rig, in a safe and competent manner.
  • Identifying and reporting requirements to alter rig settings as operational conditions change. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • 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.
  • An operator must comply with the requirements for the issuing of a Code 45.
  • Ships Crane Certificate by an accredited agent of the Department of Labour.
  • Stevedore Electives Submission Draft 11 June 2002. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and explain different rig configurations, winch layouts and utilisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different rig configurations are listed and explained with examples of each. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Rig configurations could include but are not limited to Union Purchase, Swinging Derrick, Conventional Jumbo Derrick, Stulken and Thompson Derrick Types.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Different winches are identified and explained in relation to specific rigs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Layouts and uses of winches are explained in relation to specific rigs. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Establish safety of lifting appliances in the work environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessment is conducted and a lifting appliance operational checklist is completed as per organisational/legislative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Work environment is inspected and cleared of all Stevedore Electives Submission Draft 11 June 2002 unauthorized obstacles and personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Lifting gear is assessed as per operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Lifting appliance movement limits are adhered to in accordance with operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Ensure lifting appliance is operated within SWL (safe working load) according to rig use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant Health and Safety Legislation is identified and explained according to rig uses. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legislations includes: 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.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Basic Lifting Equipment Theory is identified and applied according to rig uses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Visible defects are identified and reported, as per organisational best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Unsafe practices with respect to the capability of the equipment is identified as per organisational best practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Lifting appliance specifications are noted and operation maintained within safe working load limits. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Recognise, interpret and adhere to gangway communication signals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Gangway communication signals are identified and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Gangway communication signals are adhered to according to communication signals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Gangway communication signals are correctly interpreted and acted upon without delay, as per the relevant legislation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Operate ship-lifting appliances singly or with other operators on any given rig, in a safe and competent manner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Operating procedures relevant to specific rigs are identified and explained in accordance with manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Joint operation of lifting appliances is explained as per accepted practice for specific rig configurations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Movements/operations are conducted in a smooth and controlled manner as per industry safety procedure guidelines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Rig configuration is operated safely in accordance with statutory hand/bat signals. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Identify and report requirements to alter rig settings as operational conditions change. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The need to alter rig settings is identified and reported to the relevant organisational superior and in the required timeframe. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Work is terminated to allow ship personnel to alter rig settings safely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Visual safety check is conducted before operation is resumed as per the organisation's best practices. 


    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 
  • Knowledge of safety principles.
  • Knowledge and understanding of parallelograms of forces (triangle of forces) and the interaction of basic forces.
  • Principles of Client Service.
  • Knowledge of directing ship cargo lifting appliances in accordance with the Standard Use Gangway Communication Signals to Direct Ship Cargo Lifting Appliances. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team: in relation to the load and discharge operation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively: for the appropriate and safe movement of cargo during the load and discharge operation. 

    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 lifting appliances. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems: for the appreciation of delays and stoppages impacting on other areas of the supply chain. 

    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 12118, "Operate ship cargo lifting appliances", Level 3, 10 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  64829   National Certificate: Lifting Machine Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  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) 



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