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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Work on a deep sea commercial fishing vessel 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244008  Work on a deep sea commercial fishing vessel 
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 2  NQF Level 02  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 describe the required documentation needed by a crewmember and describe safe working practices on the deep-sea commercial fishing vessel. They will also be able to carry out these safe working practices on a deep-sea commercial fishing vessel and participate as a crew member on the deep-sea commercial fishing vessel.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Describing the relevant legislated documentation required by a crew member of a deep sea commercial fishing vessel.
  • Describing safe working practices on a deep sea commercial fishing vessel.
  • Following safe working procedures on a deeps sea commercial fishing vessel.
  • Participating as a crew member of a deep sea commercial fishing vessel. 

  • 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 1 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • The following scope and context applies to the whole unit standard.
  • Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria.
  • SAMSA's Code of Safe Working Practice for Fishing Vessels. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the relevant legislated documentation required by a crew member on a deep sea commercial fishing vessel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant legislated documents for a crew member are acquired as prescribed by various Regulating Authorities (South African Maritime Safety Authority). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant Regulating Authorities and role players are described in order to comply with relevant legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Consequences of non-compliance with relevant regulations applicable to crew members are identified and described with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe safe working practices on a deep sea commercial fishing vessel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hazardous work areas and situations on a deep sea comer commercial fishing vessel are identified and the particular hazard and preventative measure in each case identified in accordance with safety policies and procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hazardous areas include freezer, frost bite/refrigerant hazards/stacking and de-tacking damage trays and hydraulic shelving, slippery decks, blast freezer room, trapped factory: moving equipment (conveyor belt), movement of vessel, water-tight integrity (scuppers), guarding and safety devices, knives and movement, product-fish bones; deck: weather, unsafe acts and conditions, nets, lines, warps, hooks (and related activities), restricted area hold (fish hold and fish meal): moving of cartons (stability of product and raw material, consider stability of vessel as a whole, temperature (time spent in the hold), wet fish vessel - security of footing (ice and product), fish meal - machinery/boiler/screw conveyor/flammable - water causes spontaneous combustion engine room: heat and moving parts, slippery decks, guards and covers, electricity).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Protective clothing and associated safety equipment are correctly identified for specific areas and described with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment for areas include: Freezer, factory, deck clothing and equipment includes: freezer and hold: wooden boots, gloves (mittens, asbestos), thermal suites and socks, balaclavas, safety boots/panic button factory: rubber boots, oilskins, apron, headgear, latex finger stalls (gutting and filleting)/alarms, deck: Hard hats/oilskins, boots, flotation aids, safety boots, emergency stops for winches, cut-off to fuel, fire fighting equipment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Safety drills and procedures carried out on deep sea commercial fishing vessel are identified and the description of their application and purpose is consistent with safety policies and procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Drills once a week, muster sheets, safety stations, safety checklist - legislated (South African Maritime Safety Authority), check operation of certain types of things (responsibility of the mate).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Hygiene requirements and their importance in the protection of personnel and product on a deep sea commercial fishing vessel are identified and described in accordance with safety and health policies and procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Personal hygiene requirements may include but is not limited to hands, clean clothes, covering, (contamination counts) vessel cleaning schedules: HACCP, hygiene inspection - accommodation and product, factory, handling product - keep it moving through (FIFO), local legislation/product requirements, before/during/after voyage - one hour, one day, one voyage.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Procedures to be carried out in preparation for heavy weather on a deep sea commercial fishing vessel are identified and described in accordance with standing instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Procedures may include but are not limited to secure loose gear, fishing gear - bring on board and secure, water-tight integrity, check for integrity, hold covers in place, (should be a follow on to a generic standard for the maritime industry), safe speed and extra watches/lookouts, factory activities halt.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Follow safe working procedures on a deep sea commercial fishing vessel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Working practices in hazardous areas and situations are checked to comply with the vessel's Safe Ship Management Plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Hazards and dangers associated with particular fishing methods are described in terms of impact on self and crew. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tasks and activities, including the shooting and setting of commercial fishing gear and retrieval of catch, are carried out in a manner consistent with instructions given by senior crew. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Crayfish/tuna and hake (long line):
  • Line between traps - runs out of a loop; also long lines (tuna/hake); baiting hooks; hooking fish inboard; trawl: running nets and wires; trawl doors - move with the vessel; cable bites; (hooking and clipping); movement - weather; gear; vessel pulling up - cable tension/snaps; gantry and overhead blocks - load and movement; jigging: automated line fishing (20-30m); be careful of unexpected tension/release.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safety drill and procedures are carried out according standing instructions and vessel and/or company practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Protective clothing is used in line with purpose and design, and in accordance with vessel safe working procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Protective clothing may include gloves, boots, goggles and hard hat.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Examples of signs of gear failure and fatigue for the selected fishing method are identified and action is taken according to standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Trawling: load, gantry, signs of problems: cable failure: warp/rope inspection: cable spiking, stranding wire rusting, colouring, lubrication, initial diameter and safe working limits/shackles and blocks (pins/bowl - shape, general shackle shape) sheaves: signs of gear failure, wear, sound/movement, seizing, brake failure (mechanical): winches and windlasses: guiding gear on winch - erratic movement/jumping/jam, actions: stop, report at engine room; emergencies, rope and cable - inspect, maintain (oil and grease), replace (replacement programme), cut sections and splice, shackles and sheaves: replace - certified shackles (based on loads and safe working limits), brake: use properly, maintenance programme.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Personal, vessel and product hygiene practices are implemented and maintained consistently throughout the watch according to vessel and/or company requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Participate as a crew member of a deep sea commercial fishing vessel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Own role as a member of the crew is described in terms of impact on the safe and effective conduct of the vessel and fishing operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Own role may include but is not limited to activities during normal steaming operations, fishing operations and emergencies.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Assigned on-board tasks are carried out according to instructions from senior crew, and in line with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of teamwork for effective vessel operation is described with reference to impact on safety of crew, equipment and vessel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Team work is carried out efficiently, punctually and with consideration for others, in accordance with standing orders. 


    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 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 related to hazards and dangers associated with particular fishing methods. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with other team members during normal steaming operations, fishing operations and in an emergency. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities to assist other crewmembers during normal steaming operations, fishing operations and in an emergency. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information which will assist in preparation for heavy weather on a deep-sea vessel. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with team members when describing safe working practices on a deep-sea commercial fishing vessel. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology to assist in the operation of a deep-sea commercial fishing vessel. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate the world as a set of related systems where by not following safe working procedures lead to an unsafe working environment. 

    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 
    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. The body is responsible for issuing certificate 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). GG20772/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.
  • HACCP - Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points.
  • FIFO - first in first out.
  • MCM - Marine and Coastal Management (Dept of Environmental Affairs & Tourism). 

  • 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 


    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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