The South African coastline is advantageously positioned along some of the world’s most important sea trading routes that are used to transport over 96% of the country’s imports and exports. An important consideration and responsibility is ensuring the safe and responsible operation of seafaring vessels and the health and safety of all mariners during these operations.
Marine safety officers work on board boats and shipping vessels with crew members as part of a team. They can work in dangerous environments, demanding long working hours.
Marine safety officers need to have a very good understanding of the maritime standards, rules and regulations that govern occupational health and safety on board shipping vessels. They will further benefit from:
Inspect processing, transport, handling and storage areas on vessels
Advise all crew members on the rules and regulations of the occupational health and safety on the ship
Inspect all safety components, addressing default or missing equipment
Investigate and report on emergency cases, accidents or incidents
Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Nautical or Marine Studies at CPUT and DUT
Marine safety officers can also benefit from a Certificate in Ship Safety offered at Grindrod Shipping and Training Academy, Project Maritime Training and Sea Safety Training Group.
Commercial and small-scale fishing companies.
Private charter fishing companies.