Robben Island Museum: Maritime Apprenticeship Deck Programme (Cape Town)

Maritime Apprenticeship Deck Programme x 4

Stipend: R70 715.00 per annum

24-36 months (Subject to training and outcome of assessments)

The above mentioned position is available in the Ferry Operations Department at Robben Island Museum.

The purpose of this project is to provide on board training to South African Cadets who wish to pursue career in Port Operations. Furthermore, the deck cadets will be expected to ensure the maintenance and conservation of the vessels decks and accommodation areas to ensure an effective and efficient transport system including hospitality to the passengers. It is also imperative to note that it will enable them a platform to gain knowledge and sufficient sea-time required by SAMSA to qualify for Skipper and Master Port operations respectively.


Minimum requirements:

 SAMSA eye test;

 Curriculum Vitae with covering letter;

 Certified copy of your South African ID;

 Good health;

 Copy of your Matric results;

 ND Maritime Studies Deck cadets who successfully completed S1,S2,S3 & S4;

 Copy of your S1,S2,S3 and S4 results to be provided;

 Preference will be given to unemployed South African citizens.



Duties and Responsibilities:

 To complete the training record books in the prescribed time;

 Obtain the Skipper Port Ops and/or Master Port Operations Unlimited qualification in the stipulated time frame.

 To carry out bridge watch-keeping and report objects and targets to the Master;

 To complete a steering certificate;

 Ensure safe access for passengers and that the gangway is properly secured;

 To count all passengers boarding the vessel and ensure that the vessel is never overloaded;

 To show all passenger where to seat in the accommodation areas;

 Ensure safe mooring and unmooring operations;

 Ensure cargo is safely loaded and properly stowed and lashed for sea. Check that the vessel is ready for sea and report to the Able seamen;

 Carry out lookout duties during restricted visibility and at night;

 Make regular rounds during sea passage to ensure passenger comfort and attend to sick passengers;

 Ensure that all FFE and LSA is in its positions and readily available for use;

 Ensure that the vessel is clean at all times inside and out;

 Participate and contribute to the drills and training held on board;

 Carry out regular safety rounds and report any defects to the Master/Skipper;

 Carry out all deck maintenance such as washing down, chipping and painting;

 Fully understand the use of lifting gear and rope work including splicing;

 Ensure that they are fully familiar with the operation of all LSA, FFE and deck equipment on board the vessel;

 Spend 10 days in the engine room for familiarization as per the on board training record book.






RIM is an EE & AA employer, RIM reserves the right not to make an appointment if suitable candidate is not found.

Forward a detailed CV, accompanied by certified copies of your ID and qualification(s) as well as contactable & traceable referees, to recruitment@robben-island.org.za or by no later than 10 January 2020. Note: If you do not hear from us within 30 days, please consider your application unsuccessful. Please note your attachment should not exceed 10MB:


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