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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of the Merchant Shipping Collision Regulations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244001  Demonstrate an understanding of the Merchant Shipping Collision Regulations 
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 will be able to explain the Merchant Shipping Collision Regulations and will be able to describe how this is implemented on board a vessel. The learner will also be able to explain the conduct of a vessel in any condition of visibility, while in the sight of other vessels and in restricted visibility and explain the use of lights and shapes on-board a variety of vessels.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Explaining the meaning and the terms contained in the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 Part A.
  • Explaining the conduct of vessels in any condition of visibility.
  • Explaining the conduct of vessels in sight of each other.
  • Explaining the conduct of vessels in restricted visibility.
  • Explaining the required Lights and Shapes to be exhibited by different types of vessels. 

  • 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.
  • Pre-sea familiarisation and basic training, including elementary first aid at sea. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Collision Regulations refers to the Merchant Shipping Act, 1951 (Act No. 57 of 1951) - Merchant Shipping (Collision, etc) Regulations and amendments. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the terms, definitions and rules reflected in the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Collision Regulations are explained in terms of their relevance in preventing collisions at sea. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The definitions of vessels are given according to the relevant section of the Collision Regulations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Vessel may include but are not limited to power-driven vessel, sailing vessel, vessel engaged in fishing, seaplane, vessel not under command, vessel restricted in her ability to manoeuvre, vessel constrained by her draught, underway, length, breadth, in sight, restricted visibility.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An introduction to the rules and their application are explained in line with the relevant section of the Collision Regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The penalty for non-compliance of the rules is explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the conduct of vessels in any condition of visibility. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The requirements to have a look out are explained in line with the requirements of the relevant section of the Collision Regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The six factors used to determine the safe speed of a vessel both with and without operational radar is explained in line with the requirements of the relevant section of the Collision Regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The methods used to determine whether there is a risk of a collision are explained in line with the requirements of the relevant section of the Collision Regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The actions to be taken to avoid a collision are explained in line with the requirements of the relevant section of the Collision Regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The term "Traffic Separation Scheme" is explained according to its application. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the conduct of vessels in sight of one another. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The conduct of vessels when overtaking, head on, and crossing is explained in terms of the requirements of the relevant sections of the Collision Regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The actions to be taken by the give-way and stand-on vessels are explained in terms of the requirements of the relevant sections of the Collision Regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Responsibilities between vessels are described with examples in line with the requirements of the relevant section of the Collision Regulations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the conduct of vessels in restricted visibility. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The conduct of vessels related to safe speed is described according to Collision Regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The conduct of vessels related to engine readiness is described according to the relevant section of the Collision Regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The conduct of vessels related to radar detection is described according to the relevant section of the Collision Regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The conduct of vessels related to course alteration is described according to Collision Regulations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Explain the required Lights and Shapes to be exhibited by different types of vessels. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Vessel types must include but are not limited to:
  • Power driven vessel underway, towing and pushing vessels, sailing vessels, fishing vessels, vessels not under command and restricted in their ability to manoeuvre, vessels constrained by their draught, anchored vessels and vessels aground. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Lights and shapes required by different vessels are identified and their purpose per vessel is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The duration and purpose of a short and long blast is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Manoeuvring and warning signals, sound signals in restricted visibility and signals to attract attention are described and explained with examples in line with the requirements of the relevant sections of the Collision Regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Five distress signals are explained with examples in accordance with in line with the requirements of the relevant section of the Collision Regulations. 


    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 
  • The implemantation of the Merchant Shipping Collision Regulations on board a vessel in a particular sector of the seagoing marine environment.
  • The conduct of a vessel in any condition of visibility, while in the sight of other vessels and in restricted visibility.
  • The use of lights and shapes on-board a variety of vessels.
  • 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 and make decisions to identify sub-standard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action e.g. determining the conduct of vessels under different conditions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information in order to reconcile the information from visual and physical examinations and constantly evaluate the changing situation e.g. determining the conduct of vessels under different conditions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others e.g. determining the conduct of vessels under different conditions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that a specific observation, inference, action or decision can have a devastating effect e.g. the conduct of vessels under different conditions. 

    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
    Elective  58433   National Certificate: Fishing Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  67329   National Certificate: Inshore Maritime Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  48535   National Certificate: Maritime Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2017-10-26  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.