Everything You Need To Know About Transnet’s Maritime School Of Excellence

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Efficient ports play a pivotal role in the maritime industry and the broader transport economy. An amazing opportunity to enter this exciting industry is available at Transnet’s Maritime School of Excellence. 


The Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE) was established to equip professionals with the essential skills required by Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) as part of the Transnet Academy. 

Beyond serving TPT and TNPA, MSoE collaborates locally and internationally to provide maritime expertise to benefit not only South Africa but also the wider Southern African region.

The MSoE aspires to establish itself as Africa's foremost training provider in areas such as Marine Operations, Terminal Operations, Port Management, Port Engineering, and the supply of highly skilled seafarers to meet the demands of the market.

Maritime School of Excellence Training Opportunities

The MSoE provides several comprehensive training courses that include hands-on experience with state-of-the-art simulators and equipment.

 MSoE utilises a multi-million rand full-mission Ship Handling Simulator to train Marine Pilots and Tug Masters, ensuring they meet the International Standards Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) requirements. 

These courses also offer refresher training to enhance their skills.

The facilities at MSoE include Terminal Operations Simulators, RTG Cranes, and Ship-to-Shore Container cranes, allowing learners to operate and familiarise themselves with various terminal-related equipment and machinery in real time.

Additional simulators like the Reach Stacker, Counter Balance, Mobile Harbour Crane, Rail Mounted Gantry, Straddle Carrier, and Truck Handling Simulator further enrich the elite training provided by MSoE.

Requirements For Training Courses At MSoE

Operator: Lifting Equipment (OLE) Requirements

Individuals interested in enrolling in this training programme must have 

  • Grade 12 certificate with Mathematics and Physical Science
  • Code 8/EB driver’s licence valid for at least three years
  • Computer literacy
  • Good physical fitness
  • Willingness to work shifts and in adverse weather conditions
  • Pass a pre-entry and medical examination, including assessments of hand-eye coordination, depth perception, and the ability to work at heights

A technical certificate knowledge N1-N6 is advantageous.

Skipper Port Operations (SPO)

SPOs are in charge of vessels within a specified size range and require:

  • Grade 12 (matric) with Mathematics and Physical Science
  • Passing pre-entry and medical examinations.

Marine Motorman Grade II (MMG):

This role involves maintenance, repairs, and servicing of vessel engines and auxiliaries and requires:

  • Grade 12 (matric) with Mathematics and Physical Science
  • An EGPR/GPR (general purpose rating)
  • Passing pre-entry and medical examinations
  • Physical fitness.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the MSoE's Learner Administration department to determine eligibility and obtain information on available courses and their entry requirements. 

How To Apply

To apply for courses open to the private sector, external candidates should contact the Maritime School of Excellence's Learner Administration department. Application details are usually found in local or national newspaper advertisements. 

Candidates should use the Careers tab to apply. People should apply when they see an advertisement in their local or national newspapers. 

They are then required to submit an application letter, accompanied by their Matric Certificate, Curriculum Vitae (CV) and supporting documentation. These should be sent to the relevant Human Resources manager.​


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