Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties

Course Description

This course is intended to provide the knowledge required for seafarers with designated security duties in connection with a Ship Security Plan (SSP) to perform their duties in accordance with the requirements of Chapter XI-2 of SOLAS 74 as amended, the ISPS Code, and Section A-VI/6 and Table A-VI/6-2 of the STCW Code, as amended.

This course consists of a 10-hour course.

Entrance Requirements

This course is open to all shipboard personnel who are likely to be designated and required to perform security duties including anti-piracy, anti-armed robbery and related activities or those who have specific security duties and responsibilities in accordance with the ship security plan.

Learning Objectives

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following STCW elements:


  1. Introduction and Orientation
  2. Maritime Security Policy
  3. Security Responsibilities
  4. Ship Security Assessment
  5. Security Equipment
  6. Threat Identification, Recognition, and Response
  7. Ship Security Actions
  8. Emergency Preparedness, Drills, and Exercises
  9. Security Administration
  10. Exam, Critiques, and Certification

Other Objectives

Those who successfully complete this course should be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge to undertake the duties assigned under the SSP. This knowledge shall include, but it not limited to:

  1. Knowledge of the current security threats and patterns;
  2. Recognition and detection of weapons, dangerous substances and devices;
  3. Recognition, on a non-discriminatory basis, of characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security;
  4. Techniques used to circumvent security measures;
  5. Crowd management and control techniques;
  6. Security related communications;
  7. Knowledge of emergency procedures and contingency plans;
  8. Operation of security equipment and systems;
  9. Testing, calibration and at sea maintenance of security equipment and systems;
  10. Inspection, control and monitoring techniques;
  11. Methods of physical searches of persons, personal effects, baggage, cargo, and ship stores.

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