MSoE Learning and Employment Opportunity: Skipper Port Operations (SPO)

The Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE) campus in Durban operates a multi-million rand training facility. Learners on the Durban campus will engage with state-of-the-art simulators in order to gain relevant industry skills and experience. This facility has been used to train Marine Pilots and Tug Masters, and give them the skills required to meet International Standards Training, Certification and Watch-keeping requirements. There are many simulators available to learners on the campus, including a Ship Handling Simulator, RTG Crane, Ship-to-Shore Container Crane and our Terminal Operations Simulators. This provides learners with q real-world opportunity to engage with and learn about the all terminal related operations.

Additional simulators are available to the MSoE’s elite training group, including:

  • Reach Stacker
  • Counter Balance
  • Mobile Harbour Crane
  • Rail Mounter Gantry
  • Straddle Carrier, and
  • Truck Handling Simulator

The learning an employment opportunities that MSoE provides are available for Transnet and the South Africa Maritime Industry.

Requirements and Eligibility

Applicants can check their eligibility to join the school by contacting the Learner Administration department. The admission department also provides detailed brochures that contain course information, as well as specific course entry requirements.

Minimum Entry Requirements:

The minimum entry requirements vary with each course. However, all courses require you to have obtained a Grade 12 with:

  • Level 4 English
  • Level 4 Mathematics
  • Level 4 Physical Sciences

Course Requirements:

As an SPO, you’ll be in charge of a vessel over 25 tons, but less than 200 tons, in a port operations area. In order to qualify, potential candidates must meet the minimum entry requirements:

  • Grade 12 (Matric) with mathematics and physical science,
  • Pass both a pre-entry and medical examination.

Application Process

Application information can be found in your local newspaper advertising after applications open in October. Candidates should check their local newspaper prior to applying to find relevant information. Submissions for course applications should be submitted to the appropriate Human Resource manager detailed in the advertisement for your area. The application should be accompanied by an application letter, Matric certificate, Curriculum Vitae and other supporting documentation. Applicants will be assessed after the closing date.

Please Note: External candidates from the private sector seeking to apply are required to contact the Learner Administration department directly (see details below). The administration department will assist applicants with their enrollment into the relevant course.

Opening and Closing Date

Applications will start in October and will close by October 31st,  2018. Please apply before this date to be considered for the next intake. The Maritime School of Excellence’s Learner Administration department can be contacted if you have any queries about the offer. Further information about available courses can be found on the information brochures.

Contact Persons:

NameTelephoneEmail ID
Thobile Mayise+27 31 361 6638Thobile.mayise@transnet.net
Angelique Louw+27 31 361 2018Angelique.Louw@transnet.net
Slondile Zulu+27 31 361 2008Slondile.zulu@transnet.net
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  • Reply zubair wood July 16, 2019 at 1:14 pm


    I would like more information on the Skipper Port Operations (SPO) course.
    What are the entry requirements? When do registration start? What are the fees included for this course?

    Any information would be appreciated.


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