During the various training courses, students experience the multi-million dollar mission complete ship handling simulator. This technology will be installed on the satellite campus of the School of Maritime Excellence in Durban. It is used to train naval pilots and tugboat captains to update them with the International Standards Training, Certification and Surveillance (STCW) requirements and to hone their skills through refresher courses.

In addition, the MSoE has Terminal Operations Simulators, RTG Crane, as well as the Ship-to-Shore Container crane will provide learners the real-time ability to operate, manoeuvre and familiarise themselves on all terminal related equipment and machinery.

Additional simulators such as Reach Stacker, Counter Balance, Mobile Harbor Crane, Rail Mounted Gantry, Straddle Carrier, and Truck Handling Simulator will be available to supplement the elite training of the School of Maritime Excellence.

The learning and employment opportunities that the MSoE will create for not only Transnet but also for the industry, South Africa and the maritime industry, aligns closely to the deliverables of the Market Demand Strategy.

Main requirements for some courses :

Operator: Lifting Equipment (OLE): As an OLE you will be focusing on supporting Port and Terminal operations.

You will need:

Grade 12 (matric) with Mathematics and Physical Science,

Code 8/EB driver’s licence valid for at least three years,

Computer literate,

Be physically fit and healthy,

Be prepared to work shifts and in adverse weather conditions,

Pass a pre-entry examination and a medical examination, which will include an assessment of hand-eye coordination, depth perception and the ability to work at heights.

A technical certificate knowledge N1-N6 will be an added advantage.

Skipper Port Operations (SPO): As an SPO, you’ll be in charge of a vessel over 25 tons, but less than 200 tons, in a port operations area.

You will need:

Grade 12 (matric) with mathematics and physical science,

pass a pre-entry examination and a medical examination.

Marine Motorman Grade II (MMG): As a MMG, you’ll undertake maintenance, repairs and servicing of engines and auxiliaries on board a vessel in a port operations area, under the supervision of the Chief Engineer.

Here you will need:

Grade 12 (matric) with mathematics and physical science,

An EGPR/GPR (general purpose rating),

Pass a pre-entry examination and a medical examination,and​

Be physically fit and healthy.

Who can join the School:

Please contact the Maritime School of Excellence’s Learner Administration department to determine whether you qualify to apply. The Maritime School of Excellence can provide you with a brochure detailing the available courses and the relevant entry requirements.

What are the Minimum entry requirements?

Minimum requirements vary with each course however a Grade 12 with a Level 4 in the following compulsory subjects:

English; Mathematics, Physical Science

How to apply:

External candidates that wish to apply for those courses that are open to the private sector are required to contact the Maritime school of Excellence’s Learner Administration department to enrol on the relevant course.

Please note: Candidates should use the Careers tab to apply. People should apply when they see an advertisement in their local or national newspapers. You will then submit your application letter, accompanied by your Matric Certificate, Curriculum Vitae and supporting documentation. These should be sent to the relevant Human Resources manager.​