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Small Vessels

Type Description View
Merchant Shipping (National Small Vessel Safety) Regulations, 2007 View
Merchant Shipping Act, 1951 (Act No, 57 of 1951) View
SAMSA Marine No. 13 of 2007 View
Safety Pamphlet - National Small Vessel Examination System v3 View
Safety Pamphlet - Approved Markings or Vessel Numbering v3 View
Safety Pamphlet - Buoyancy of Small Vessels v3 View
  Safety Pamphlet - General Principles v3 View
  Safety Pamphlet - General Requirements for Pleasure Vessels v3 View
  Category B - Safety Survey Equipment Checklist View
  Category C - Safety Survey Equipment Checklist View
  Category D - Safety Survey Equipment Checklist View
  Category E - Safety Survey Equipment Checklist View
  Category R - Safety Survey Equipment Checklist View
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CAREER GUIDANCE IN THE MARITIME INDUSTRY

The Maritime Industry offers careers that have Nationally and Internationally recognised tertiary qualifications, job satisfaction, a high level of responsibility, good advancement prospects and a wide variety of careers both at sea and ashore.

SA Maritime Sector Skills Development Model and Careers Opportunities in the Maritime Sector 

  • List of Maritime Specific and Maritime Related education and training offered by SA providers and institutions. Click here to view the List
  • The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA),an Agency of Government, is pursuing a growth strategy that prioritises the development and retention of quality critical and scarce skills within the maritime sector. SAMSA, the South African Navy and the maritime industry including the private sector, are most important partners for skills development in the maritime sector. More on SAMSA Executive Summary

Careers On board a Ship

  • Captain
  • Navigating officers
  • Engineering officers
  • Catering staff

School Requirements

  • Grade 12 / N3 (Maths and Science compulsory - Std or Higher grade level - 60% pass rate)
  • Grade 10 ( N1, N2, N3 with Maths and Science - Std or Higher grade level - 60% pass rate)
  • Scholars with Grade 12 certificate without maths and science can do a six-month bridging course with any institution offering Maritime Studies.

Further Education

  • Aspiring cadets can enroll at either Durban University of Technology or Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Maritime Studies or Mechanical Engineering.
  • They must complete S1 and S2 (Certificate in Maritime Studies) at either Durban University of Technology or Cape Peninsula University of Technology (once this course is complete, the student will have the choice of becoming a Navigating or Engineering Officer).
  • After completion of S1 and S2, the student will have to join a shipping company to complete a 12-month sea service training period (e.g. shipping companies: Unicorn, Safmarine, Mearsk).
  • Pass SAMSA oral exam to qualify either as a Deck or an Engineer Officer.
  • Complete S3 (National Diploma in Maritime Studies) at either Durban University or Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
  • Complete further 12-month sea service.
  • Pass SAMSA oral exam to qualify either as Chief Navigating Officer or Second Engineering Officer.
  • Complete S4 (Higher Diploma in Maritime Studies) at either Durban University or Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
  • Complete further 12-month sea service.
  • Pass SAMSA oral exams to qualify either as Master or Chief Engineer

Contact Details

South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)
John Phiri(Skills Development Manager)
Tel: 012 - 366 2648
Email: jphiri@samsa.org.za

Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Faculty Office)
Tel: 021 - 460 32 55
Email: thomasjc@cput.ac.za

Granger Bay Campus
Tel: 021 - 440 5752
Email: maritime@cput.ac.za
Tel: 021 - 440 5755
Email: snyderse@cput.ac.za

Durban University of Technology
Department of Maritime Studies
The secretary
Tel: 031 - 373 2144
Email: arshnar@dut.ac.za
 
CAREERS IN THE MARITIME INDUSTRY

The Maritime industry is associated with activities on all vessels used at sea and associated land-based services. Routes include oceans, coasts, seas, lakes, rivers and channels.

The Maritime field offers a wide choice of career opportunities, many of which are international by nature. The following is an indication of maritime careers but not limited to:

  1. Marine and Ship Engineers – involved with the maintenance of the engine of a ship; responsible for all engineering related needs of a ship. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology and The Durban Institute of Technology offer all required marine engineering subjects at a tertiary level.
  2. Crewmember – career can lead from a deck officer to Captain.
  3. Deck officers – required to navigate the ship safely and efficiently.
  4. Maritime Law – Maritime and fisheries lawyers are concerned with the branch of law that governs international maritime zones and maritime resources. The international law of the sea and the network of conventions that governs navigation, fishing, seabed mining, naval warfare and marine pollution are within the sphere of interest of maritime lawyers.
  5. Tug Masters – Captains of tugs are responsible for ships towing other vessels/barges when they are in trouble at sea. They also give guidance to salvage (rescue) work.
  6. Marine Pilots – guide ships when entering the harbour/port, as the Master of the ship may not be well versed with the geography of the port.
  7. Harbour Masters – responsible for the overall control of the Port – all activities including lighthouses. Vessel trafficking systems, etc.
  8. Ship surveyors – conduct inspections and surveys of vessels; checking safety standards and condition of equipment. They carry out these surveys for government, e.g. SAMSA, DoT Agency, for classification societies, cargo owners or underwriters (insurance companies).
  9. Maritime Environmentalist (Sea Pollution) – are involved in Management of the environment. Marine biologist and oceanographers look at the prevention of oil spills from ships, check for engine leaks, and how it can be prevented. They endeavour to combat pollution, clean-ups and decide what dispersants could be used and which species are highly vulnerable. They also do risk assessments especially for blast water management in addition they could also do testing and approval of treatment systems and ensure the availability of reception facilities.

Various learnerships through the Transport SETA (TETA) are available and academic studies through various centres of development are offered (refer to institutions of higher learning).

COLLEGES/SCHOOLS FOR MARITIME STUDIES

New Forest
P O Box 53194
Yellow-wood Park, 4001
Tel: (031) 462 6206
Fax: (031) 469 1816
Maritime Studies A: Grades 10 – 12
 
Simon’s Town School
P O Box 38
Simon’s Town, 7995
Tel: (021) 786 1056
Fax: (021) 786 1065
Maritime Studies A & B: Grades 10 – 12, Boarding facilities available for learners
 
Sithengile High School
P O Box 419
Clernaville, 3602
Tel: (031) 711 3673
Fax: (031) 707 5166
Maritime Studies A: Grades 10 – 12
 
Tsiand Technical High School
Private Bag x8533
Esikhaweni, 3887
Tel: (035) 796 1040/70
Fax: (035) 796 4062
Maritime Studies A: Grades 10 – 12

WEBSITE LINKS

Department of Transport (DoT)
www.transport.gov.za

Transport Education and Training Authority
www.teta.org.za

National Ports Authority
www.transnet.net

 

Acts

Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (Act 1 of 1986)

Marine Pollution (Control and Civil Liability) Act (Act 6 of 1981)
Regulations Relating to the Prevention and Combating of Pollution of the Sea by Oil, 1984

Marine Pollution (Intervention) Act (Act 64 of 1987)

Marine Pollution (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) (Act 2 of 1986)     

Marine Traffic Act (Act 2 of 1981)
Designation as Marine Traffic Regulator
Marine Traffic (Inshore Vessel Traffic Services) Regulations, 2000
Marine Traffic Regulations, 1985

Merchant Shipping (Safe Containers Convention) Act Proclamation

Merchant Shipping (Safe Containers Convention) Act, 2011

Merchant Shipping Act (Act 57 of 1951)

Amendment of Tonnage Regulations, 1986

Courts of Marine Enquiry Regulations, 1961
Life-saving Equipment Regulations, 1968
Maritime Occupational Safety Regulations, 1994
Merchant Shipping (Carriage of Charts and Nautical Publications) Regulations, 2002
Merchant Shipping (Collision, etc) Regulations, 1996
Merchant Shipping (Dangerous Goods) Regulations, 1997
Merchant Shipping (EPIRB Registration) Regulations, 2002
Merchant Shipping (IGC Code) Regulations, 1998
Merchant Shipping (INF Code) Regulations, 2003
Merchant Shipping (Licensing of Vessels) Regulations, 2003
Merchant Shipping (Mandatory Ships' Routeing) Regulations, 1998
Merchant Shipping (Notification of Building of Vessels) Regulations, 2002
Merchant Shipping (Radio Installations) Regulations, 2002

Merchant Shipping (Safe Manning, Training and Certification) Regulations, 2013 

Merchant Shipping (Safe Manning) Regulations, 1999
Merchant Shipping (Safety Management) Regulations, 2003
Merchant Shipping (Seafarer Compensation) Regulations, 1998
Merchant Shipping (Seamen's Documents) Regulations, 2000
Merchant Shipping (National Small Vessel Safety) Regulations, 2007 (as amended)
Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) Regulations, 1999
Merchant Shipping-Marine Pollution (IBC Code) Regulations, 1998
Safety of Navigation Regulations, 1968     
Maritime Security Regulations 2004
Merchant Shipping (Long Range Identification and Tracking of Ships) Regulations,2009     
Ship Registration Act (Act 58 of 1998)     
Ship Registration Regulations, 2002     
Ship Identification Regulation 2004     
South African Maritime Safety Authority Act (Act 5 of 1998)
SAMSA Regulations, 1998
Charges Determination, 2009     
South African Maritime Safety Authority Levies (Act 6 of 1998)     
Levy Determination, 2009
Wreck and Salvage Act (Act 94 of 1996)
Disclaimer

Merchant Shipping Regulations

National Small Vessel Safety

SAMSA advises all stakeholders of small vessels of the coming into force of the Merchant Shipping (National Small Vessel Safety) Regulations, 2007, as amended.

These regulations have consequential amendments, Declaration under section 3(9) of the Merchant Shipping Act (57/1951) and Ship Registration Act. SAMSA will inform in due course regarding amendments (if any) to SAMSA Marine No. 13 of 2007  (SAMSA’s policy regarding small vessels).

Furthermore, SAMSA accredited various small vessel training institutions and approved examiners, published as Marine Notice No. 22 of 2008.

Various small vessel safety pamphlets  have also been published and distributed for public interest and information.

Safety checklists are also available for Category B, C, D, E and R vessels for preparation of safety surveys.

Category B

Category C

Category D

Category R

Queries should be submitted to one of our offices – listed on this site or send us an e-mail info@samsa.org.za

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