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Company Security Officer

Entry Criteria:     Shore Managers

Course Duration:     3 Days



Course Description

In the past terrorism at sea has been targeted at passenger ships, due to the high publicity and large potential demands on exchange for a large number of human lives. However, there is no reason to suspect that a terrorist attack cannot take place on any other type of merchant vessel. A VLCC with a full cargo of oil, for instance, over-run by terrorists and threatening to pollute entire coastlines, would be just as successful for gaining publicity and demanding high ransoms.

The recently held conference of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in December 2002, introduced a new security requirement for the Shipping Industry, namely the ‘International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code’.

One of the requirements is the training of the Company Security Officer and the Ship Security officer.

Course Objectives



Those who successfully complete this course should be able to undertake the duties and responsibilities of Company Security Officer, as defined in section A/11.2 of the ISPS Code, which include, but are not limited to:
  1. Advising the level of threats likely to be encountered by the ship, using appropriate security assessments and other relevant information.
  2. Ensuring that ship security assessments are carried out.
  3. Ensuring the development, the submission for approval, and thereafter the implementation and maintenance of the ship security plan.
  4. Ensuring that the ship security plan is modified, as appropriate, to correct deficiencies and satisfy the security requirements of the individual ship.
  5. Arranging for internal audits and reviews of security activities.
  6. Arranging for the initial and subsequent verifications of the ship by the Administration or the recognized security organization;
  7. Ensuring that deficiencies and non-conformities identified during internal audits, periodic reviews, security inspections and verifications of compliance are promptly addressed and dealt with.
  8. Enhancing security awareness and vigilance.
  9. Ensuring adequate training for personnel responsible for the security of the ship.
  10. Ensuring effective communication and co-operation between the ship security officer and the relevant port facility security officers.
  11. Ensuring consistency between security requirements and safety requirement.
  12. Ensuring that, if sister-ship or fleet security plans are used, the plan for each ship reflects the ship-specific information accurately.
  13. Ensuring that any alternative or equivalent arrangements approved for a particular ship or group of ships are implemented and maintained.
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Please find below the list of documents required to get on the first day of the course.
  1. 2 passport size photographs,
  2. Copies of Passport, CDC, COC & INDOS No.