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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Embark and disembark a vessel for the purposes of marine pilotage 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
242837  Embark and disembark a vessel for the purposes of marine pilotage 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Maritime 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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  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 qualifying learner will be capable of embarking a vessel to perform marine pilot duties either by helicopter or by using a pilot ladder. The duties of a marine pilot include being able to disembark a vessel by means of a pilot ladder or a helicopter, depending on the circumstances.

The qualifying learner should satisfy the competent pilotage authority's requirements that his/her medical fitness, particularly regarding eyesight, hearing and physical fitness meets the standards required for certification of masters and officers in charge of a navigational watch under the international Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 1995) or as the relevant authorities consider appropriate.

Qualifying learners will be capable of:
  • Communicating pilot boarding requirements.
  • Positioning the vessel for pilot embarkation and disembarkation.
  • Understanding the limitations of the pilot boat and helicopter.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the collision regulations.
  • Adhering to safety and security procedures. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF level 4 or equivalent.
  • Mathematics at NQF level 4 or equivalent.
  • Physical Science at NQF level 4 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Communicate pilot boarding requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Very high frequency (VHF) communication is established and working channel agreed on according to standing operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Pilot ladder requirements are communicated according to IMPA requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Pilot ladder requirements include, but is not limited to: position, rig and height above water.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The pilot ladder requirements are assessed by the pilot and feedback on any non compliance are communicated according to IMPA requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The preferred mode of transfer in relation to the weather conditions and available resources is decided upon. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Position the vessel for pilot embarkation and disembarkation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The pilot transfer information is communicated to the vessel in accordance with standing operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Pilot transfer information includes, but is not limited to: Geographical position, proximity of other vessels, breakwater and course for helicopter transfer.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The required speed for transfer is communicated to the vessel according to prevailing conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The course to steer is communicated to the vessel in relation to the prevailing weather conditions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Understand the limitations of the pilot boat and helicopter. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Suitability and limitations of pilot boat and helicopter is established in relation to the particular operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Weather and sea conditions are described according to local conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Interaction between the pilot boat/helicopter and the ship in a seaway is described according to prevailing conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Helicopter hoisting and lowering procedures are explained according to Local and International Chamber of Shipping Helicopter Operational Guidelines. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the collision regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Lights, shapes and sound signals are described in terms of the International collision regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Manoeuvring of vessels in-sight of one another or in limited visibility is explained as stipulated in the International collision regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Manoeuvring of vessels in limited visibility is explained as laid out in the International collision regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Traffic separation schemes are explained in accordance with International collision regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Local Vessel Traffic Services is explained in terms of the traffic operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Adhere to safety and security procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Use of life jackets is demonstrated in accordance with SOLAS recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Use of noise protection equipment is demonstrated in accordance with the Maritime Occupational Safety Regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Helicopter underwater escape procedures are demonstrated according to CAA. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedures to avoid shock from static discharge from helicopter hoisting gear is explained according to SOP. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The winching area is selected according to local procedures and International Chamber of Shipping Helicopter Operational Guidelines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Man-over-board procedures are demonstrated according to SOP. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Immigration and security regulations are applied according to current legislation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Regulations include, but is not limited to: Customs, Immigration and Security.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard and the related Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification must be accredited by the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance (ETQA) body.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in the specific outcomes of the unit standard as well as the integrated competence described in the purpose of the unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Organisational standing operating procedures.
  • IMPA requirements.
  • Applicable SOLAS requirements.
  • International Chamber of Shipping Helicopter Operational Guidelines.
  • Local weather conditions and patterns.
  • Helicopter hoisting and lowering procedures.
  • International regulations for the prevention of collisions at sea.
  • MOS regulations.
  • Helicopter Underwater Escape Training - CAA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems associated with embarking and disembarking a vessel by helicopter or using a pilot ladder by employing responsible decision-making and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group or role-players in the provision of piloting services. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to cope with the responsibility of safely embarking and disembarking a vessel to provide pilotage services. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes of oral and/or written persuasion in dealing with all role-players in the embarkation and disembarkation of a vessel. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others, in embarking and disembarking a vessel during pilotage. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of international shipping as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving for embarking and disembarking a vessel exists in a variety of contexts. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
  • Assessors must be registered as assessors with a relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors must be in possession of a relevant qualification at a minimum of National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 6. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Supplementary Information

    Acronyms:
  • SOP: Standing Operating Procedures.
  • IMO: International Maritime Organisation.
  • IMPA: International Maritime Pilots Association.
  • SOLAS: Safety of Life at Sea.
  • CAA: Civil Aviation Authority.
  • MOS: Maritime Occupational Safety.
  • HUET: Helicopter Underwater Escape Training. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  57714   National Certificate: Marine Pilotage  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  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.
     
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