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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Follow safe deck practices on a commercial vessel 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114006  Follow safe deck practices on a commercial vessel 
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 does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this unit standard will be able to apply safe work practices while working on a vessel. They are also able to describe unsafe working practices and how these would affect them. They will also be able to describe the Ineternational Collision Regulations.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Describe and report vessel operational hazards to personnel, and to the environment.
  • Describe the International Collision Regulations.
  • Use safe working practices for general deck operation on commercial and fishing vessels.
  • Monitor tank levels for stability purposes. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Use of Communication NQF Level 2 and Mathematics Literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • Competence equivalent to "pre-sea safety standard" (SAMSA regulations). 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following scope and context applies to the whole unit standard:
    Safe working practices and hazard control strategies must be applied at all times including: by day or night in both normal and emergency situations, under any permissible conditions of weather and loading, while underway, during berthing and unberthing operations, while anchoring or mooring, when slipped or in dry-dock, when bunkering, during cargo operations.
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe and report vessel operational hazards to personnel. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Workplace hazards may include, but are not limited to: moving heavy loads in an unsafe work environment, unsecure machinery, components or repair equipment, slippery deck, welding equipment, sharp tools and implements, power tools, moving and rotating machinery, flammable liquids, vapours and fuel, faulty machinery equipment handling equipment and lifting gear, using equipment beyond safe working limits, poor housekeeping procedures, non-compliance with safe working procedures, electrical wiring and systems, hot pipes and valves (steam, fuel oil, lubricating oil), cold pipes and valves (refrigeration and liquefied gas cargoes), working at heights, exposed electrical circuits, toxic gases and substances, chemicals and other harmful substances, damaged cargo and containers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal injury hazard types are described and reported in accordance with the vessel`s Safe Ship Management Policy and vessel`s operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hazard types include, but are not limited to - slip, trip, being pinned, head clearance heights, cargo, ladders, being aloft, personal clothing, hair.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Hazards to vessel operation, and to the safety of the crew are recorded in the vessel log or reported to the Skipper, in accordance with vessel`s Safe Ship Management Policy and Procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The actions of self and others are monitored, altered where necessary, and/or reported to the Skipper, to maintain personal safety in accordance with vessel`s Safe Ship Management Policy and Procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Assistance required for securing crew and/or vessel equipment, prior to commencement of the letting go operation, is described and reported to the Skipper in accordance with vessel`s Safe Ship Management Policy and Procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Crew - inside vessel railings;
    Equipment includes, but is not limited to- gangways, ramps, derricks, cranes, lines, ancillary deck equipment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Occupational health and safety issues are raised with designated personnel in accordance with workplace procedures and relevant occupational health and safety legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The crew tally process, and its purpose, is described in accordance with vessel`s Safe Ship Management Policy and Procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the International Collision Regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Navigation lights and day requirements for small craft, fishing vessels and power driven vessels are described according to the International Collision Regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Day shapes of small craft, fishing vessels and power driven vessels are described according to International Collision Regulation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Actions to take to avoid collisions are described in accordance with International Collision Regulations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Avoidence includes but is not limited to: Vessels approaching from right ahead, forward of the beam, and overtaking.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Use safe working practices for general deck operation on commercial and fishing vessels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety regulations and established vessel`s safety and hazard control practices and procedures are obtained, interpreted and applied to day-to-day work activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Workplace procedures for dealing with shipboard accidents, fire and emergencies are identified and applied consistently. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Working practices in hazardous areas and situations comply with the vessel`s Safe Ship Management Plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hazardous areas include, but are not limited to: confined or enclosed spaces, exposed conditions and controlled or open environment
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Responses to supervisor commands are appropriate and timely in accordance with the vessel`s safe working procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Protective clothing and associated safety equipment are worn according to established shipboard safety practices and the vessel`s safe working procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Work activities are carried out in accordance with the vessel`s safe working procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Assistance is provided in the event of a shipboard emergency to secure the vessel and its machinery and equipment and to maintain the safety of the vessel and persons involved. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Established emergency and contingency plans are followed in the event of a shipboard emergency and in accordance with vessel procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Monitor tank levels for stability purposes. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Equipment includes, but is not limited to: sounding rod or tape, record books or board, sounding cap key. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The layout positioning of ballast, fresh water, void spaces and fuel tanks is identified and described , as per the operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The description of the impact of tank levels on vessel stability is described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Soundings of tanks are taken and recorded in required format as per standing instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sounding pipe caps are replaced and secured after the sounding, in accordance with vessel operating procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Providers of learning towards this unit standard will need to meet the accreditation requirements of the relevant ETQA.

    Moderation Option:

    The moderation requirements of relevant ETQA must be met in order to award credit to learners for this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate`s performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.
  • Guidance in correct operation of equipment is provided in The Code of Safe Working Practices for Seamen.
  • Prevention of pollution of the marine environment is governed by regulation, (MARPOL) legislated by the International Maritime Organisation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems relating to the implementation of safe deck practices on a commercial fishing vessel. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others to ensure the safe deck practices are implemented on a commercial fishing vessel. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities in a way that will lead to self and others following safe deck practices. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information, relating to operating safely on board a commercial fishing vessel. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by responding and giving commands in a timely manner. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology, to assist with the application and following of safe deck practices. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where if safe deck practices are not followed, accidents will occur. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented.
  • Make sure that evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent.

    The following particular issues should be taken into consideration when assessing against this unit standard:
  • All candidates to be assessed for this unit standard are required to provide evidence of competence (obtained by attending an approved course) in the following
    (i) Basic First Aid.
    (ii) Fire Fighting
  • Evidence is required with regard to the candidate being medically fit.
  • The importance of both safety and due care and consideration for the environment is to be kept in mind when assessing a candidate for this unit standard. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Definition of Terms:

    Terms have been clarified as far as possible through the use of range statements. Further clarification of terms is provided as follows:

    SAMSA - South African Maritime Safety Authority.
    This body is responsible for issuing certificates of competence at all levels in terms of the Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) Regulations, 1999.
    Issued by the Minister of Transport, under section 356 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1951 (Act No. 57 of 1951). GG 20772/RG 6707

    ISM - International Safety Management
    This refers to a safety management system stipulated by regulation of the International Maritime Organisation. (IMO)

    SOPEP- Ship Oil pollution Emergency Plan
    Pollution plan in place for a particular ship, as required by the marine pollution regulations (MARPOL) legislated by IMO.

    FFA:- Fire fighting Appliances
    LSA:- Life saving Appliances
    IOPP:- International Oil Pollution Prevention
    MARPOL:- Marine Pollution 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48535   National Certificate: Maritime Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2017-10-26  TETA 
    Elective  58433   National Certificate: Fishing Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  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. Limadi Industrial Projects 
    2. Siyaloba Training Academy 
    3. South African Fire and Medical Academy (SAFMA) 



    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.