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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct seamanship evolutions 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261079  Conduct seamanship evolutions 
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 4  NQF Level 04 
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 planning and conducting seamanship evolutions, 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 directing others in carrying out a number of standard seamanship activities, which are needed to act as a vessel safety officer.

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 a knowledge of seamanship evolutions.
  • Execute routine seamanship evolutions during a bridge watch.
  • Evaluate the execution of seamanship evolutions. 

  • 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 
  • Evolutions include but are not limited to replenish at sea, launch a lifeboat, seaboats, anchoring, mooring and berthing, man-overboard, transportation of persons or goods by means of ships boats, towing, fendering buoy laying and retrieval and vertical replenishment.
  • Evolutions in a SA Navy context include, targets and decoys, fleet work exercises, Oscar Man and rendezvous procedures. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate a knowledge of seamanship evolutions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A description is given of evolutions with reference to their purpose, key stages, required equipment and designated personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A description is given of operating procedures for seamanship evolutions with reference to the designated roles and responsibilities of crew and required commands. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A description is given of the required platform and ship states in accordance with standard operating procedures for each evolution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A description is given of the importance of following safety procedures in terms of the potential impact on the evolution and crew safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A description is given of contingencies for deviations from expected procedures and possible corrective actions appropriate to the deviation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Execute routine seamanship evolutions during a bridge watch. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Orders are issued that comply with standard operating procedures for the specific evolution. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Orders includes but are not limited to the placement of personnel and equipment and the allocation of roles and responsibilities at the required time.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Deviations from the evolution are addressed through monitoring. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Deviations includes deviations due to safety and expected progress.
  • Addressed includes but is not limited to new or modified instructions and the reporting or handing over to higher authority.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A suitable course and speed are maintained as required by the particular evolution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The ship state is ensured to be correct for the particular evolution. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Ship state includes:
  • Hatches open or closed, pumps running or shut down, engine notice.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Commands are issued appropriate to the context, progress and conduct of the evolution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Procedures are recorded in terms of time and actions taken. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Evaluate the execution of seamanship evolutions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ship is restored to its proper state in preparation for the next activity or evolution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Activities are evaluated to confirm that they have been carried out as directed and in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reports are prepared as per standard operating procedures which validate and/or make recommendations for improved development of effective training evolutions. 


    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.
  • 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:
  • Executing routine seamanship evolutions during a bridge watch.
  • Evaluating the execution of seamanship evolutions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • The execution of routine seamanship evolutions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Executing routine seamanship evolutions during a bridge watch.
  • Evaluating the execution of seamanship evolutions. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Executing routine seamanship evolutions during a bridge watch.
  • Evaluating the execution of seamanship evolutions. 

  • 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:
  • Seafarer's Training, Certification and Watchkeeping and South African Maritime Safety Authority code, SAMSA: Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) Amendment Regulations, 2006: Ship's Business. 

  • 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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