More than 96% of South Africa’s imports and exports is transported by sea. Well positioned along some of the world’s most important sea trading routes and with access to eight commercial ports, South Africa’s shipping industry is a key contributor to the economy, economic growth and trade development. Efficient and safe operation of shipping vessels is vital to maintaining health and safety of sea faring staff as well as managing impacts on the marine environment, ecosystems and ecology.
Ship’s masters can work at sea for many days and months at a time, exposed to harsh weather conditions. They mainly work in the control station cabin of large shipping vessels but do regular patrols of the marine vessel and participate in deck and bridge watch activities.
Ships masters require practical experience in the operation and control of marine vessels under varied conditions and a comprehensive understanding of marine law and safety regulations, along with:
Control and direct marine vessels during berthing and mooring
Navigate the vessels course, recording route alteration and daily occurrences
Manage and maintain operational expenditure and budgets
Coordinate cargo loading and discharge operations
Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Nautical or Maritime Studies at CPUT and DUT
Ship’s masters can also benefit from a Certificate in Vessel Commander or Ships Master accredited by the South African Maritime Safety Authority at Sea Safety Training Group, South African Maritime School and Transport College and South African Maritime Training Academy.
Ferry and charter companies.
Cruise ship companies.
Military and defence force.