About STC-Southern Africa Durban Campus


STC-SA, previously known as Grindrod Shipping Training Academy, previously known as Unicorn Training Academy, was established in 1975 to provide training for its own crew on board the Unicorn Shipping fleet.

Based in Fletcher Road at the time, the academy grew in the courses offered and was soon offering SAMSA accredited STCW training resulting in the training offering being opened to South African seafarers from other shipping lines.

In 2015, the academy moved to larger, purpose-built premises in Hannah Road. The new facility was equipped with the ‘Helicopter Underwater Escape Training’ simulator that enabled the pursuing of approval for the delivery of OPITO courses.

It is with immense pride that STC-SA has seen many seafarers progress from cadets to officers, engineers and masters. We are continually striving to add further value to our clients and ensure that we keep abreast with the latest trends and legislative requirements.

We do not compromise on safety.

Safety First. A STC-SA promise.


To provide high quality and global standard consulting and training services towards and economically competitive transport economy in Sub-Saharan Africa.


To be Sub-Saharan Africa’s one-stop-shop training and consulting company in the transport and related sectors.


Our STC-SA team is made up of people who epitomize our values and visions, more than half of whom have been members of the team for a very long time.

Gavin Andre Le Roux (AFNI)
General Manager, Durban

083 308 8448

Gavin commenced his maritime career by joining the South African Navy in 1980 and served in various capacities for 22 years culminating in Command of a Warrior Class Strike Craft. Gavin resigned from the Navy in 2002 and joined Unicorn Shipping as the Fleet Training Manager then later Marine HR Manager for Grindrod Shipping and lastly as General Manager for the Grindrod Shipping Training Academy which merged with STC SA on 01 June 2021.

Benjamin Smit
Training Centre Manager
083 703 5670

Benjamin commenced his maritime career in the Navy and served in various seagoing appointments on supply vessels as well as on the Strike Craft. After the Navy, Benjamin was later appointed as Master of a small tanker during which he obtained great Shiphandling experience and then joined Transnet national Ports Authority as a Tug Master. He was quickly identified as a great trainer on the Tugboats and was later moved to the Transnet Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE). During his stay at the MSoE, he obtained accreditation for many more courses to be run there and was the National Tug Master trainer but also trained Tug Masters in Mozambique and Namibia. In September 2016, Benjamin resigned as manager of the Maritime campus of the MSoE and joined STC-SA but was seconded to STC International as Head of the Maritime department at the International Maritime College of Oman for 2 years. After that he transferred to a project in the Philippines where he was advising the Palompon Institute of Technology on maritime training, training the lecturers and managed the NSTC training centre in Palompon. In September 2021 his secondment to STC International was completed and in November 2021 he was appointed as Training Centre Manager of STC-SA Durban.

STC-Southern Africa offers maritime training solutions and services, which encompass all aspects of Human Resource Development, Consultancy, Technical Assistance and Research.

We are sure to have a solution for your needs. STC-SA’s understanding of the unique needs of the African continent, positions itself well to provide an Africanised approach, whilst still maintaining the highest quality standards..