now offering Aquaculture Traineeships in Queensland with the support of the Skills Assured Supplier program

seafood & maritime training

Deck Machinery & Lifting Appliances

SFIFSH301 Operate vessel deck machinery and lifting appliance

For those requiring the basic skills and knowledge to operate deck machinery and lifting appliances that are commonly used on a typical fish farm vessel.


This course is for people requiring the basic knowledge and skills to operate deck machinery and lifting appliances that are commonly used on a typical fish farm vessel.

However, please note this course is not recommended for operators of vessel-mounted cranes that exceed a 10 ton / 1 metre capacity.

course outline

The course covers topics including:

  • vessel stability (including stability books and use of capstans)
  • using machinery, focusing on the use of cranes up to 10 ton 1 metre capacity; and
  • on-board slinging and lifting practices.

training & assessment

SMT’s training and assessment is very practical and is conducted in the classroom and on-board a vessel that has the required equipment and will include:

  • written assessments of underpinning knowledge; and
  • practical assessments on-board a vessel and using a stability model.

things you need to know


From $ 335

For eligible Tasmanian residents, this training is subsidised by the Department of State Growth, Tasmania.


This course is designed for those people who already have DMLA knowledge and work on a Fish Farm or Vessel.

It is a requirement of the course that participants need to have previously completed a Coxswain Deck course or have a thorough understanding of specific knots and how to tie and splice.

Participants who hold an appropriate crane licence or dogman’s qualification may be eligible for recognition for some aspects of the course.

course duration

This is a 2 day course, run between 9am – 5pm, with one day covering stability and the other day covering machinery.

equipment & materials

All of the equipment, training and assessment materials that participants need will be provided by SMT.

Participants must bring their own writing materials and their own work-style clothing and enclosed footwear.

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