Vessel Security Officer

Course Length: 16 hours
Price: $500

This 2-day DNV approved course provides knowledge to those who may be designated to perform the duties and responsibilities of a Vessel Security Officer (VSO), as defined in section A/2.1.6 (and section A/12.1) of the ISPS Code, and in particular the duties and responsibilities with respect to the security of a ship, for implementing and maintaining a Vessel Security Plan and for liaising with the Company Security Officer (CSO) and with Port Facility Security Officers (PFSOs). Those who successfully complete this course should be able to undertake the duties and responsibilities as Vessel Security Officer, as defined in section A/12.2 of the ISPS Code, which include, but are not limited to:

  1. undertaking regular security inspections of the ship to ensure that appropriate security measures are maintained
  2.  maintaining and supervising the implementation of the Ship Security Plan, including any amendments to the plan;
  3. coordinating the security aspects of the handling of cargo and ship's stores with other shipboard personnel and with the relevant Port Facility Security Officers;
  4. proposing modifications to the Vessel Security Plan;
  5. reporting to the Company Security Officer any deficiencies and non-conformities identified during internal audits, periodic reviews,
  6. security inspections and verifications of compliance and implementing any corrective actions;
  7. enhancing security awareness and vigilance on board;
  8. ensuring that adequate training has been provided to shipboard personnel, as appropriate;
  9. reporting all security incidents;
  10. coordinating implementation of the Vessel Security Plan with the Company Security Officer and the relevant Port Facility Security Officer; and
  11. ensuring that security equipment is properly operated, tested, calibrated and maintained, if any.
  12. Course is in compliance with the following standards: Regulations 13.1 and 13.2 (Part A and B) of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and IMO Model Course 3.19 Ship Security Officer (2003) edition).

This is to certify that the above named course has been reviewed by DNV and that upon completion of the review DNV is satisfied that the course is in compliance with the Guidelines for Maritime Security Training Course Providers, reference Federal Register February 8, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 25), and the following standards:

  • Regulations 13.1 (Part B) and 13.2 (Part A and B) of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (SPS) Code.
  • IMO Model Course 3.19 Ship Security Officer (2003 edition).
  • STCW Convention 1978, as amended, Regulation VI/5.

Course Tools Required

A clear mind ready to learn and retain a large volume of information.
Paper and pencil for note taking

Vessel Security Officer