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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain vessel safety under operational conditions 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261007  Maintain vessel safety under operational conditions 
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 South African Navy who work/wish to work as an officer on the bridge of a ship. This Unit Standard meets the needs of this sector and of the society by providing competent naval officers who by competently being able to handle the ships safety during operational conditions. The learner successfully completing this Unit Standard will gain essential knowledge and practical skills needed to direct counter-measures against any perceived above- and below-water threat.

The competencies achieved by the learner in this Unit Standard will 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:
  • Direct the vessel's conduct with regard to torpedo and missile countermeasures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of bridge weapons safety drills.
  • Execute bridge weapon firing drills.
  • Execute bridge procedures for submarine safety under exercise conditions. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Direct the vessel's conduct with regard to torpedo and missile countermeasures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Alarms and action drills for an incoming torpedo and missile are executed as per standard operating procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Vessel control is handed over to the operations room according to requirements for the changed combat state. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The vessel is manoeuvred to the provide the smallest profile with regards to radar cross-section and torpedo counter-measures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The vessel is manoeuvred according to operations room command until missile torpedo and countermeasures are complete. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Control is reassumed by the bridge at all clear. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge of bridge weapons safety drills. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A description is given of weapon characteristics, ammunition and weapon parts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A description is given of weapon firing cycles and drills for the solution of firing problems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A description is given of weapons, personnel and the environment safety requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Weapon safety include: safety arcs (range clear or foul); equipment safety; blind safety and visual safety (verifying target).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A description is given of corrective drills for firing scenarios. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Firing scenarios include single shot and automatic.
  • Corrective drills include misfire and stoppage drills.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A description is given of procedures for establishing a navigational warning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A description is given of the instructions for positioning the ship to bring weapons to bearand for the loading of weapons. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Execute bridge weapon firing drills. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Weapons and ammunition are selected which are appropriate to designated target. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Navigational warning is established as per operating procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Orders to carry out weapon loading, standby to fire, and permission to engage are given in line with standard operating procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The vessel is manoeuvred into a position in order to bring arms to bear. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Allowance is made for the controllable and uncontrollable elements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Controllable elements include automatic/manual weapon weapon type and function.
  • Uncontrollable elements include environment, motion, sight, milieu, movement of the enemy and swell.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Alarm procedures are responded to as per standard operating procedure. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Execute bridge procedures for submarine safety under exercise conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Signals are identified and interpreted according to standard operating procedures for submarine safety. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Signals:
  • Sound, underwater telephone, pyrotechnic signals and submarine distress signals (oil, debris, flares, buoy).
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The vessels conduct through the submarine exercise area is ensured to comply with standard operating procedures and standing orders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ship's conduct is ensured to comply with he submarine exercise order with respect to sonar activity, speed and presence in the area. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Submarine exercise orders include:
  • Transmission of sonar; streaming of variable depth sonars; required speed; designated safety courses, exit for submarine surface.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Procedures to deal with own vessel failure in the submarine exercise area are executed in a manner that promotes safety of own vessel and personnel and that of the submarine. 


    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 
  • International Maritime Organisation Performance Standards.
  • Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), 1972, as amended.
  • Safety of Life At Sea Convention, as amended.
  • Seafarer's Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Convention, as amended. 

  • 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:
  • Directing the vessel's conduct with regard to torpedo and missile countermeasures.
  • Executing bridge weapon firing drills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • The directing of the vessel's conduct with regard to torpedo and missile countermeasures.
  • The execution of bridge weapon firing drills.
  • The execution of bridge procedures for submarine safety under exercise conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Directing the vessel's conduct with regard to torpedo and missile countermeasures.
  • Executing bridge weapon firing drills.
  • Executing bridge procedures for submarine safety under exercise conditions. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Directing the vessel's conduct with regard to torpedo and missile countermeasures.
  • Executing bridge weapon firing drills.
  • Executing bridge procedures for submarine safety under exercise conditions. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  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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