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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct Vessel Traffic System remote pilotage 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
242847  Conduct Vessel Traffic System remote 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 providing remote pilotage advice based on acquired and interpreted electronic information. The Vessel Traffic System (VTS) equipment will be used here.

Qualifying learners will be capable of:
  • Acquiring and interpreting electronic data.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of local conditions and procedures.
  • Communicating acquired data to piloted vessel. 

  • 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 
    Acquire and interpret electronic data. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Electronic data includes, but is not limited to: Radar, ECDIS, AIS, GPS, VHF, DSC and IPOSS 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Radar and electronic devices are used as navigational and collision avoidance aids in relation to their limitations and capabilities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The impact of steering, propulsion systems and ship design on the manoeuvrability of vessels is demonstrated in relation to remote pilotage operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Factors affecting vessel performance are interpreted and communicated in relation to remote pilotage operations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Factors include, but is not limited to: wind, tide, current and under-keel clearance.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge of local conditions and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Local electronic aids and their characteristics are described in terms of available organisational resources. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Electronic aids includes, but are not limited to: local bouyage systems, lights, fog signals, racons and radio beacons.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Names and characteristics of channels (including, channel profiles), headlands and points are described in accordance with local practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tidal and current conditions, including depths of water are described in relation to the pilotage area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safe anchorage areas are identified in relation to the pilotage area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Traffic separation schemes are employed in terms of International recommendations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Communicate acquired data to piloted vessel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relative position of piloted vessel to leading line is communicated throughout the piloting operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Course and speed over the ground is advised and updated throughout the piloting operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The presence and status of all other traffic in the affected area is communicated in accordance with VTS requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The status and prognosis of the weather conditions is communicated as per operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The pilotage operation is monitored and the piloted vessel advised immediately in terms of critical changes. 


    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 
  • Navigational and collision avoidance aids.
  • Ship handling and manoeuvrability.
  • Factors of ship performance.
  • Local electronic aids.
  • Local weather conditions.
  • Anchorage areas.
  • Traffic separation schemes.
  • VTS remote communication protocol. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in conducting VTS remote pilotage which display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team or group in conducting VTS remote pilotage. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in conducting VTS remote pilotage. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion to conduct VTS remote pilotage. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others, in conducting VTS remote pilotage. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving in conducting VTS remote pilotage does not exist in isolation. 

    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 
    The following acronyms have been referred to in this unit standard:
  • VTS: Vessel Traffic System.
  • ECDIS: Electronic Chart Display.
  • AIS: Automatic Identification System.
  • GPS: Global Positioning System.
  • VHF: Very High Frequency.
  • DSC: Digital Selective Calling.
  • IPOSS: Integrated Port Support Systems. 

  • 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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