The commanding officer responsible for the protection of the vessel (Ship Security Officer) (VI/5 p. 1, A-VI/5)

ship security
  • Students: 25
  • Duration: 16 hours

The commanding officer responsible for the protection of the vessel (Ship Security Officer) (VI/5 p. 1, A-VI/5)

The course is designed to provide the ship’s command personnel with theoretical knowledge and practical training necessary to perform ship security tasks. The course contains in full the materials aimed at the implementation of the ship security plan.

Purpose of the course:

The purpose of this course is to train those responsible for ensuring the security of the ship in cooperation with the company or port security officers. The issues of protection in cases of attack by armed pirates are considered. The program is drawn up in accordance with Regulation VI / 5 on ship security and other state and international documents. The ship security officers (SSO) undergo training.

Course Objectives:

This course aims to prepare the Ship Security Officer to provide all levels of ship protection and to repel an attack by armed robbers. In addition, ship security officers should ensure:

  • management of activities in accordance with the ship security plan;
  • coordination of interaction between the ship’s crew and port security;
  • work with the crew to improve safety;
  • ensuring trouble-free operation of technical security equipment.

Course content

The course begins with an introduction to the history of piracy and proceeds to a description of the current situation on sea routes. Further, the students are introduced to the state and international documents regulating the scope of measures to ensure the security of the ship.

Much attention is paid to clarifying the degree of responsibility associated with actions or inaction of the ship security personnel and training on:

  • methodology and methods of risk assessment;
  • determining the degree of a real threat;
  • maintaining documentation on registration of the assessment results;
  • safety equipment operation; drawing up a ship security plan.

Requirements for trainees

To obtain a certificate of the established form, the candidate must have at least a year of experience on board, meet the requirements of paragraphs 1 – 4 of section A – VI / 5 of the PNDV Code, meet health requirements and be at least 18 years old. In case of meeting the above conditions, after completing training under the current program, the candidate receives a certificate and can be appointed responsible for ship security.