Target Group

Seafarers employed or engaged in a safety-related capacity onboard South African Fishing Vessels over 25GT


The objective of the Safety Officer is to ensure the safety of all seafarers on board the vessel


This learning opportunity is designed for the training of Safety Officers onboard South African Fishing Vessels over 25 GT


  • Compiling and reviewing risk assessments.
  • Compiling and reviewing safe work procedures.
  • Ensuring that all seafarers and contractors adhere to the Code of Safe Working Practices.
  • Observing work in progress
  • Ensuring that proper safety equipment is worn and procedures are followed at all times.
  • Conducting or facilitating any required investigations of accidents and incidents, including following-up on outstanding actions.
  • Monitoring contractor safety programmes and preparing weekly/monthly compliance reports, as required.
  • Holding regular monthly health & safety meetings, in order to monitor compliance and provide advice and assistance, where required from the Master of the vessel.


  • ABET Literacy
  • Medically fit for sea

Safety Officer – Fishing Vessels Over 25 GT.

Course Duration: 2 Days
Course Certification: Certificate of Completion
Assessment: Written assessment & Practical evaluation
Validity: Not Applicable
Completion Exit Level: The competent learner will be able to perform the role of a Safety Officer onboard South African Fishing Vessels over 25Gt
STCW Reference: In accordance in terms of regulation 85 and 86 of the Merchant Shipping (Safe Manning, Training and Certification) Regulations 2013

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