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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform watchkeeping procedures in the engine room of a seagoing vessel 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244289  Perform watchkeeping procedures in the engine room of a seagoing 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 
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 prepare for handover and take over the watch in an engine room. They are able to read and record the temperatures, pressures and fluid levels to ensure the effective running of an engine room and report out of line areas and possible problems. The learner is also able to assist in dealing with defects in the machinery as well as manual operation of automated machinery when required. They are also able to describe and apply methods to ensure the vessel operates in an environmentally friendly manner.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Reporting for a watch in an engine room.
  • Reading and recording temperatures, pressures and fluid levels.
  • Describing the procedure for dealing with common defects in the propelling and auxiliary machinery.
  • Assisting in the manual operation of automated machinery.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of basic environmental protection procedures. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrate competence 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:
  • In compliance with current Maritime Legislation, Codes and Practices, the scope of this unit standard covers knowledge of the terms in the machinery spaces, basic construction and operation of equipment and propelling machinery as required by an engine room watchkeeper, on board a seagoing vessel.
  • This unit standard involves SAMSA's draft amendments to the Code for SA Maritime Qualifications; Study matrices and syllabuses for fishing and marine motorman qualifications - Engineering Knowledge, Module 1, Watchkeeping or equivalent.
  • This unit standard refers to the Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) (Fishing and Marine Motorman Qualifications) Regulations - 2006 and any amendments thereafter. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Report for a watch in an engine room. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Handover watch duties in an engine room are performed according to accepted principles and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods that contribute to the safe and efficient performance of an engine room are described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The wearing of the required personal protective equipment is described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of all communications prior to and during watch keeping duties is described with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Read and record temperatures, pressures and fluid levels. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Readings should include but are not limited to exhaust gas temperatures, cooling water temperatures and pressure, lubricating oil pressure, sump level, fuel oil service tank level. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Temperatures, pressures and fluid levels are read and recorded in the required engine room watchkeeping logbook. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The settings, upper and lower limits of temperatures, pressures and fluid levels are described in accordance with operating requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The reason for the normal temperatures, pressures and fluid levels being what they are is described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Methods to read and record the temperatures, pressures and fluid levels are described in accordance with standards and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The initial and follow up corrective action required if abnormal temperatures, pressures and fluid levels are found is described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The importance of recording these deviations and corrective action is explained with examples of the implications of not doing so. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The legal implications of the administration of the logbook are described with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe the procedure for dealing with common defects in the propelling and auxiliary machinery. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Common defects will include but are not limited to:
  • High or low exhaust temperatures, low or dropping lubricating oil pressure, low or high sump oil levels, contaminated sump oil, black or white smoke, low or high fresh water cooling temperatures, low header tank levels, high lubricating oil or bearing temperatures. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    How and when to use the senses of sight, hearing and touch to pro-activity identify and deal with defects is described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    How defects can be detected is described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    How defects are to be corrected is described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Why these defects occurred is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Follow up action required to avoid these defects in future is described with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Assist in the manual operation of automated machinery. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Manual operation includes but is not limited to starting and stopping main and auxiliary machinery. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for manual operation are described in accordance with standard operation procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The procedures required to change over from automatic to manual operation and visa versa are demonstrated with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demonstrate an understanding of basic environmental protection procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An oil spill or discharge of oil into the sea is reported in required format and timeframe. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Oil spill contingency plans are described with examples of how they are implemented. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Classification of garbage and the correct methods of disposal are described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Methods to avoid discharge of oil into the sea during fuel transfer operations and while pumping bilges are explained with 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 
  • Communication methods and procedures on board a vessel.
  • Safety procedures when operating machinery.
  • Operation procedures of marine machinery and equipment.
  • Prevention of pollution of the marine environment.
  • The Code of Safe Working Practices for Seamen. 

  • 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 the adjustment of fishing equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with other team members when determining and correcting problems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse organise and critically evaluate information when conducting a temperature check and recording the findings in the log book. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when taking or handing over the watch in the engine room. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology when reading and recording temperature, pressure and fluid levels in an engine room. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where the incorrect disposal of garbage, oil and other chemicals would impact negatively on marine life. 

    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 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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