Training school

Unicorn Shipping has been a prominent developer of local seafaring talent since 1965. On completion of approved Maritime Studies at either the Durban Institute of Technology (DIT) or the Cape Technikon, Cadets are selected for training to serve as future Deck or Engineering Officers in the Unicorn Shipping fleet. They undergo shipboard familiarisation and specialised ancillary training, as required in terms of the international Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 95).

Accreditation & Training

Active since 1975 and based in Durban, South Africa’s premier port, the Unicorn Training School is accredited by the IMO white-listed South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) to provide a wide range of internationally recognised marine training.

In addition to the training provided in-house, the Training School also co-ordinates and takes bookings for a variety of courses presented by other Marine Training providers in the Durban area.

The range of Marine Training currently presented or co-ordinated by the Unicorn Training School includes:


  • Safety Induction / Basic Training
  • Pre-Sea Course
  • General Seamanship
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft (Liferaft only)
  • Fire Fighting
  • Advanced Firefighting
  • First Aid at Sea
  • Ship Captain’s Medical Training
  • Tanker Familiarisation
  • Petroleum and Chemical Tanker Safety Courses
  • Able Seaman
  • Engine Room Oiler
  • Marine Motorman Grades 1 and 2
  • Bridge Team Management