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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Respond to distress signals and emergencies at sea and in port 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243989  Respond to distress signals and emergencies at sea and in port 
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 3  NQF Level 03 
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 is able to explain emergency measures to be taken to ensure the safety and protection of the ship, passengers and crew. The learner is able to explain how to respond to distress signal at sea and while in port. The person is also able to use auxiliary steering and rigging in the event of an emergency and is able to explain the operation and procedure of the South African Search and Rescue organisation.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the measures to be taken in emergencies for the protection and safety of ship, passengers and crew.
  • Explaining how to respond to emergencies and distress signals at sea.
  • Responding to emergencies in port.
  • Explaining emergency steering systems.
  • Explaining the operation of the South African Search and Rescue (SASAR) organisation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will be assumed competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
  • SAMSA's Pre-sea Familiarisation certificate. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following scope and context applies to the whole unit standard:
  • This unit standard involves the basic knowledge to respond to emergencies and distress signals at sea, and emergencies in port.
  • Work must be carried out in accordance with the relevant maritime regulations.
  • Vessel may include any commercial vessel engaged in port activities, near coastal voyages and operating in limited and unlimited waters.
  • Can demonstrate competence by oral examination, completion of approved education and training, written theoretical examination and assessment of evidence obtained from one or more of the following:
    > Approved in-service training
    > Approved training ship
    > Approved simulator training
    > Approved laboratory equipment training
  • This unit standard refers to the Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) (Fishing and Marine Motorman Qualifications) Regulations - 2006 and any amendments thereafter.
  • SAMSA's Code for South African Maritime Qualifications: Study matrices and syllabuses for fishing and marine motorman qualifications, Emergency Procedures (Fishing), Module 1, any amendments or equivalent.
  • Can demonstrate competence by oral examination and assessment of evidence obtained from one or more of the following:
    > Approved in-service training.
    > Approved training ship.
    > Approved simulator training. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the measures to be taken in emergencies for the protection and safety of ship, passengers and crew. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The type and scale of the emergency is identified and explained in order to establish level of emergency. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Emergency activities include but not limited to mustering persons and launching life saving appliances, executing a man overboard drill, organizing an emergency party, reacting properly to a distress signal, taking charge of life-saving appliances, manoeuvring of the ship.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Initial emergency actions are explained in accordance with contingency plans appropriate to the urgency of the situation and nature of the emergency. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain how to respond to emergencies and distress signals at sea. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The emergencies and distress signals at sea which have to be responded to are explained with examples appropriate to the urgency of the situation and nature of the emergency. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Emergencies and distress signals may include but are not be limited to: collision, grounding, fire and explosion.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The actions required for emergencies and distress signals at sea are explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The actions required may include but is not limited to the following situations: following a collision, following a grounding, initial damage assessment and control.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Respond to emergencies in port. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The precautions to be followed for ensuring the security of the ship whilst in port are explained focussing on the need to avoid spreading of the problem to other vessels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The procedure to bring a ship up short or turn it short around using an anchor on a short scope of chain is explained with examples of when each is appropriate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The actions to be taken when emergencies arise in port are explained appropriate to the urgency of the situation and nature of the emergency. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain emergency steering systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The use of auxiliary steering is explained with maritime sector specific examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The different types of basic fixed emergency steering systems are explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Types will include but are not limited to:
  • Manual, hydraulic, block and tackle (rope).
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A jury steering arrangement is explained with examples of how it works and is used. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Explain the area of operation and procedures of the South African Search and Rescue (SASAR) operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The area of operation of the South African Search and Rescue (SASAR) organisation is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The rescue procedures of the South African Search and Rescue (SASAR) organisation are explained with maritime sector specific examples. 


    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.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor 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.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Knowledge underpinning this unit standard includes: boat handling theory, and relevant sections of associated legislation.
  • The basic knowledge to respond to emergencies and distress signals at sea, and emergencies in port.
  • General maritime proactive safety awareness relative to fellow mariners, vessels and environment.
  • An awareness of one's situation at all times utilizing all one's senses. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems when identifying sub-standard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when interpreting work instructions correctly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when indicating what methods, tools and personal protective equipment is required and communicate to fellow workers his/her intentions and assistance required. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information from visual and physical examinations and constantly evaluate the changing situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with regard to the reporting of hazards, emergencies, distress signals and sub-standard conditions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    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
    Core  58433   National Certificate: Fishing Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  TETA 
    Core  67329   National Certificate: Inshore Maritime Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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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    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.