ISPS Ships Security Officer (SSO)

In the maritime world, safety and security are paramount. The three day ISPS Ships Security Officer course combines the theoretical and practical training required to carry out duties on board vessels as a ship’s security officer and comply with international maritime security standards.

Our fully approved MCA course is specifically designed for crew who may encounter a security or safety problem as they transit high risk areas, adverse conditions and hostile environments. During the three day intensive programme, our instructors provide the essential skills and qualifications to maintain and supervise the implementation of a ship’s security plan, assess security risk, threat and vulnerability, undertake regular inspections of the vessel to ensure appropriate security measures are implemented and maintained, co-ordinate the security measures for handling cargo, and to monitor security equipment ensuring it is operated, tested, calibrated and maintained.

On completion, qualified ship security officers have the knowledge and expertise to deal with situations that pose security threats to vessels and its crew while at sea. Particular focus is given to what to do when entering high risk areas, adverse conditions or hostile environments. This course will also cover specific threats including piracy, terrorism and other such occurrences.

Pre-requisite experience:

12 months sea service or as the discretion of the MCA – appropriate sea service (minimum three months) and knowledge of ships operations to enable them to achieve the objectives of training.


3 days

What’s included:

Includes all food and accommodation


ISPS Ship Security Officer (SSO) – ISPS Code and STCW 78 Reg.VI/5 STCW Code Section A-VI/5




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