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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate understanding of operating procedures, capabilities and limitations of bridge equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260997  Demonstrate understanding of operating procedures, capabilities and limitations of bridge equipment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Maritime Defence 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 
This unit standard is intended for learners within the Maritime Sector who work/wish to work as an officer on the bridge of a ship. This Unit Standard meets the needs of the sub-field and of the society by providing competent maritime officers who by understand and can apply the equipment found on the bridge of a ship and therefore contribute to a safer environment on the ship and at sea. The learner successfully completing this Unit Standard will gain essential knowledge and practical skills in/of required to understand the purpose and operation of bridge equipment that must be monitored during a bridge watch, which is needed to operate with confidence on a ships bridge.

The competencies achieved by the learner in this Unit Standard will, in the case of the Merchant Navy and the Fishing Industry, contribute to the economic upliftment of the country, and in the case of the South African Navy, contribute the preservation of human life and the defence of South African warships, territorial waters and/or area of responsibility, thus providing a safer and secure society for South African citizens.

Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of bridge equipment.
  • Operate bridge equipment in the course of executing bridge watchkeeping duties.
  • Respond to bridge alarm systems. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Bridge equipment includes but is not limited to navigation systems, radars, alarms, steering control systems, engine control systems, propulsion systems, gyros, integrated platform management systems, content management system and differential global positioning system. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate understanding of bridge equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of bridge equipment as per standard operating procedures and manuals. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • The explanation must include the purpose, operating principles, function, capabilities and limitations.
  • Equipment includes but is not limited to the integrated platform management systems, radar, echo sounder, the global positioning system, radios, the content management system, navigation systems, steering control systems and engine control systems.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Sources of possible error and ways in which information may be misrepresented are identified in order to determine methods of correction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A description is given of pre-start checks and start-up and shut-down procedures as per standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A description is given of procedures and standards for the calibration of bridge equipment as per standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Calibration includes but is not limited to identifying and cross-referencing errors and allowance for errors.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A description is given of the procedure for the change-over of steering systems from manual to automatic control and vice versa and of the adjustment of controls for optimum performance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A description is given of the reporting requirements for equipment failure which is according to standard operating procedures and standing orders. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Operate bridge equipment in the course of executing bridge watchkeeping duties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Start up and shut down procedures are managed in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Deviations from expected performance are dealt with in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Bridge equipment is used under normal and emergency operating conditions according to standard operating procedures and requirements for optimal operation at sea. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment includes but is not limited to integrated platform management systems, radar, echo, global positioning system and radios.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Equipment problems and malfunctions are responded to according to expertise, scope or authority and standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Responded includes but is not limited to diagnosis, logged, corrected and reported.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Information received from all bridge systems is interpreted for the safe execution of duties in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Engine and steering orders are issued which are appropriate to the intended manoeuvre, the prevailing conditions, selected propulsion options, and the capabilities and limitations of the engine control systems. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Propulsion options include:
  • Turbine and normal; propeller pitches.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Respond to bridge alarm systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A description is given of the various bridge alarms with reference to indication and meaning. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Indication includes:
  • Colour of light; flashing or constant light; sound.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Bridge alarms are responded to according to operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Alarms include but are not limited to fire, flood, man overboard, equipment failure, gyro failure, integrated platform management systems failure and loss of differential global positioning system.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The overall situational picture is clarified and reported to the appropriate authority as required by procedures and standing orders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Emergencies are responded to decisively, according to available information and calculated to protect the safety of vessel and crew. 


    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, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding 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 or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge includes:
  • International Maritime Organisation Performance Standards. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Operating bridge equipment.
  • Responding to bridge alarm systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • Bridge watchkeeping duties.
  • The response to bridge alarm systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Operating bridge equipment in the course of executing bridge watchkeeping duties.
  • Responding to bridge alarm systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • Bridge equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Operating bridge equipment in the course of executing bridge watchkeeping duties.
  • Responding to bridge alarm systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Operating bridge equipment in the course of executing bridge watchkeeping duties. 

  • 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 
    The following scope and context applies to the whole unit standard:
  • This unit standard meets the requirements of the Seafarer's Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Code (Table A-II/1).
  • South African Maritime Safety Authority - Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) Amendment Regulations, 2006 - Electronic Navigation Systems. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  64929   National Certificate: Vessel Safety Practices  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    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.
     
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