ISM, ISPS, STCW & MLC & Cyber Security Refresh Training

This course has been designed to refresh the knowledge of the participant to the below areas:


  1. ISM & DPA section meet with the criteria of the IMO Guidelines contained in Circular MSC – MEPC.7 Circ. 6 and latest edition 2018 of ISM Code but it has also been developed with much practical knowledge of both the shipping industry and the legal issues that surround the role of the DPA.
  2. This part equips participants with an extensive understanding of the ISPS Code and its requirements based on model course 3.20 & 3.19. Upon successful completion, the trainees will update their knowledge as Company Security Officer (CSO) and Ship Security Officer (SSO).
  3. STCW & MLC part includes all additional needed for DPAs, Crew Managers and Officers in relation to the latest requirements of STCW and MLC.
  4. Cyber Security part provides connection of ISM – ISPS and STCW in relation to risks may arise from Cyber Security threats.

Update your knowledge and proficiency with the latest guidelines, applicable codes, standards, and procedures by participating in ISM –ISPS-MLC-STCW course offered by LiberoAssurance.


Aims & Objectives
  • Update for the new key requirements and benefits of the ISM – ISPS-MLC & STCW including Cyber Security new requirements
  • Deliver updated training necessary for the application and maintenance of a company’s Safety & Security Management System.


Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this course you will:

  • Have an extended knowledge and understanding of the latest amendments of ISM-ISPS-MLC & STCW including Cyber Security aspects
  • Define the resulting requirements for the company’s Safety & Security Management System
  • Provide documentary evidence to the trainee that the trainee is capable to continue undertaking the necessary duties in relation to ISM, ISPS, MLC and STCW.


Who should attend?
  • Personnel involved in Safety/Security/Crew Management Systems
  • Operation, Technical, Quality & Crew Managers
  • DPAs/CSOs/SSOs and assistants
  • Deck & Engine officers


Prerequisite skills & knowledge:
Experience in shipping and ship operations and good knowledge of the ISM & ISPS Code. Knowledge of MLC and STCW is recommended for this refresh course
Relative conventions: SOLAS 74 AS AMENDED CHAPTER IX- ISM Code, ISPS Code, STCW 2010, MLC 2006


Available in-house/distant learning? Yes


Created by: LiberoAssurance Continuous Professional Development Training Centre Level 1 – Accredited by Univab
Part A: ISM & DPA Refresh
    • What is ISM (before/now) / The ISM Code History
    • ISM in Solas
    • Role of IMO-ILO
  • Definitions
  • Objectives
    • Comments for the Objectives
  • Application
    • Mandatory application of ISM Code
    • Mandatory application of ISM to be ensured
  • Functional Requirements for a Safety Management System (SMS)
    • What the SMS prepared by the Companies should include
    • Assessing compliance with the requirements of the ISM Code
    • Assessing compliance for the Administration
    • Mandatory requirements and SMS
    • ISM & other Statutory Certificates
Safety and Environmental Protection Policy
  • Policy and Management relation
Company Responsibilities and Authority
  • What Responsibility / What Authority?
  • How the Company should comply with the Code
Designated Person(s)
  • Who is DPA?
  • What DPA verifies and monitors
  • What the Company should provide to DPA
  • DPA Qualifications
  • DPA Training
  • DPA Experience
Master’s Responsibility and Authority
  • Master and SMS
Resources and Personnel
  • Qualifications, Training & Experience for Crew and Persons Ashore
  • Working Language in SMS
  • ISM Chapter 6 , STCW
  • STCW Compliance
  • New STCW requirement for Engine Room,
  • New STCW requirement for Bridge
  • What is “Company” for STCW?
  • ISM & MLC 2006
Shipboard Operations
  • Plans & Procedures Preparation
Emergency Preparedness
  • Comments for Emergencies
  • Comments on Near Misses
  • Hazardous Situations
  • Near Miss Pros & Cons
  • Near Miss and Companies
  • Defining near-miss
  • General examples of a near-miss
  • Barriers to reporting near-misses
  • Barriers and management initiatives
  • Near-miss investigation process
  • Identifying causal factors
  • Completing the investigation - Final Report Basic Elements
Reports and Analysis of Non-Conformities, Accidents and Hazardous Occurrences
  • Reporting & Analysing of NCs, Observations, Accidents and Hazardous Occurrences
  • Result of Evaluation Report
  • Major Non Conformities (MNC)
  • MNC and DoC
  • MNC and SMC
  • Assessments of Risks and Non Conformities
  • The Power of the Non-Conformity
  • Risk Categories
  • Risk management: Risk Control Measures
  • How/What to Report in a NC report
  • What to Include in a Conformity Report
Emergency Preparedness
  • Maintenance planning - Areas to be included
  • Maintenance planning – Examples
  • Maintenance planning -Key Issues
  • Maintenance planning & reports
  • Maintenance planning & Critical Equipment
  • Records & Verification
  • What Company should provide
Company’s Verification Review & Evaluation
  • Review of Safety Management System (SMS)
  • Internal Audits Intervals Key Issues
  • Internal Audit? at which extent?
  • Internal Audit Why?
  • Internal audit before an External audit
  • What about DPA and Audits?
Verification by Administrations or Recognized Organizations (ROs)
  • Effective enforcement by Administrations with Verification
  • What Administrations should consider during verification
  • Objective Evidences from facts and Records
  • Tools for Verification/Certification should be
  • Certification and verification activities
  • Interim verification
  • Initial Verification
  • Annual verification of Document of Compliance
  • Intermediate verification of Safety Management Certificates
  • Renewal verification
  • Additional verification
  • Safety management audits
  • Application for audit
  • Preliminary review (Document review)
  • Preparing the audit
  • Executing the audit
Certification & Verification
  • Audit report
  • Corrective action follow-up
  • More Company responsibilities pertaining to safety management audits
  • Responsibilities of the Organization (or Flag) performing the ISM Code certification
  • Standards of Management for the Organization performing Certification
  • Qualification Arrangements
  • Certification Procedures & Instructions
  • Responsibilities of the verification team & Lead Auditor
  • More Guidance for Certification / Verifications
  • Standards for Auditors
  • Standards of Competence for Auditors
EU & IMO Useful Regulations tables
  • EU Regulations
  • Latest from IMO
  • ISPS Part A, Sec.2 – Definitions
  • Basic Tools
  • The ISPS Code's Functional Requirements
  • Implications for the ship
  • The ISPS Code's Detailed Requirements
    • ISPS Code, Part A Requirements
    • ISPS Code, Part B Requirements
    • Compliance and Use of Checklists
    • Solas Reg XI-2/9 Control & Compliance
    • Guide to Maritime Security ISPS edition 2012-Useful Tables
    • Cross-reference of Government & Industry Responsibilities
    • IMO Guidance material on Maritime Security Measures, 1986-2011
    • Useful Tables
    • Revision of SUA Convention
  • The basic US legislation and regulations
    • Maritime Transportation Security Laws
  • International conventions and E.U. legislation


Part B: ISPS for CSO/SSO
General Introduction
  • Maritime Zones
  • 1988 SUA Convention
  • Security Cases-Incidents
  • Stowaways & Illegal Migrants
  • Drugs & weapons smuggling
  • Sabotage & Arson
  • Undeclared and/or incorrectly packed dangerous goods
  • Oil Theft
  • 11 September 2001
  • Diplomatic Conference December 2002 Conference resolution 1
ISPS (CSO-SSO) & International Conventions
  • The ISPS Code’s Background
    • History
    • Progress
  • The application of SOLAS Ch. XI-2
    • New provisions of SOLAS Ch. XI-2
    • Application of SOLAS Ch. XI-2
    • SOLAS Ch. XI-2, Contents
  • The ISPS Code’s Purpose and Objective
    • Purpose
    • Objectives
  • The definitions used in SOLAS XI-2 and ISPS Code Part a and B
    • General
    • Safety and Security
    • SOLAS Ch.XI-2 Reg.1 – Definitions
    • ISPS Part A, Sec.2 – Definitions
    • Basic Tools
  • The ISPS Code's Functional Requirements
    • Implications for the ship
  • The ISPS Code's Detailed Requirements
    • ISPS Code, Part A Requirements
    • ISPS Code, Part B Requirements
    • Compliance and Use of Checklists
    • Solas Reg XI-2/9 Control & Compliance
    • Guide to Maritime Security ISPS edition 2012-Useful Tables
    • Cross-reference of Government & Industry Responsibilities
    • IMO Guidance material on Maritime Security Measures, 1986-2011
    • Useful Tables
    • Revision of SUA Convention
  • The basic US legislation and regulations
    • Maritime Transportation Security Laws
  • International conventions and E.U. legislation
ISPS details
  • Security Risk Assessment Techniques related to Ship Operations
    • Basic Concept
    • Security Assessment Course
  • Ship Security Assessments including On-Scene Security Surveys
    • On-scene survey
    • Ship Security Assessment
  • Developing and Updating Ship Security Plans
    • General
    • Instruction for Drafting Ship Security Plan (SSP)
    • General Policy related to Security Measures
    • Other Items related to Security
  • Duties and Responsibility of CSO/SSO, and Training
    • Company Security Officer (CSO)
    • Ship Security Officer (SCO)
    • Training, Drill and Exercises on Ship Security
  • Contingency Plan and Reporting of Security Incident
    • Contingency Plan
    • Reporting of Security Incident
  • Security Administration and Protective Measures
    • Security administration
    • Protective Measures
  • Handling of Information and Communication related to Security
    • Identification of information and communication related to security
    • Handling of security information and communication
  • Kinds of Ship Security Verification and validity of ISSC
    • Kinds of Verification
    • Duration and Validity of Certificate
  • The flag Administration’s role related to the ISPS Code
    • Flag Administration’s Role
    • Port State’s Role related to Ship Security
    • Port State’s Role related to Port Facility
    • Coastal State’s Role
Current security threats and patterns
  • Current security threats and patterns
    • Definition
    • Shipboard Security Threats
    • Types of terrorism and Example of maritime terrorism
  • Recognition and detection of weapons, dangerous substances and devices
    • Classification of Weapons and Dangerous substances
    • Introduction of Explosives
    • Types of bomb and recognition
    • Identifying and Responding against Explosives
    • Detection and Searching of Weapons and Explosives
  • The crowd management and control techniques
    • The crowd management in passenger ship
    • Passenger guide in emergency situations
    • Objective of Muster List
  • Characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security:
    • Persons who are likely to threaten security
    • Characteristics and behavioral patterns of terrorists
    • Reason behind terrorism and characteristics of modern
    • terrorism
    • Characteristics of Modern Terrorism
    • Terror Groups
    • Terrorist Organization List of U.S. Department of State
  • Techniques used to circumvent security measures
    • Techniques used to circumvent
    • Countermeasures
  • Security and surveillance equipment and systems and their operational limitations
    • Ship’s Security Equipment & Systems:
    • Locks and Locking
    • Seals
    • Deck Protection
    • Screening
  • Port’s Security Equipment & Systems:
    • Detection Equipment
    • Bomb Detector
    • CCTV/Port Screening
    • Gates and Barriers
    • Car Identification Equipment
    • Perimeter Protection
  • Security threats associated with the ship/port interface
    • Cargo Handling
    • Ship’s Stores
    • Stowaways
    • Sabotage
ISPS Assessment & Plans
  • IMO requirements for security assessments and plans
  • Some Key Challenges
  • Generic Maritime Risk Register (Guide 2014 Edition)
  • Security Assessment Principles
  • AS/NZS 4360:1999 – Sample Risk Management Standard
  • Steps in the 4360 Risk Assessment Process
  • Ship Security Assessments
  • Security Assessment Reports
  • Tailor Security Plan Coverage
  • Common Characteristics Port Facilities & Ships
  • IMO / ISPS Security Levels
  • Who Requires Security Plans
  • Relevant Skills and Experience
  • Conclusion


Part C: STCW & MLC
STCW Introduction
  • Understand the overview and development of STCW convention and code
  • Understand STCW convention and code requirements for competence-based training
Crew Certificates & Requirements
  • Certificates Needed for Crew & Officers
  • Requirements for Crew & Officers Certificates
  • MLC Self-Assessment
  • MLC & ISM Audits
  • Liabilities for ship-owners related to repatriation/ compensation
Concentrated Inspections Campaigns
  • Concentrated Inspection Campaign STCW Hours of Rest
  • MLC 2006 Concentrated Inspection Campaign


Part D: Cyber Security
Introduction to Maritime Cyber Security
  • What is Maritime Cyber Security?
  • IT and OT systems
  • IMO related Resolutions, Circulars and Guidelines
  • Industry Guidance on Maritime Cyber Security
Cyber Security Risks
  • ISM/ISPS – Identified Risks
    • Company risk assessments procedure
    • Third party risk assessments
    • Risks related to Ship-Port interface
    • Recent cyber security regulations
  • Assessment of Identified Cyber Risks
    • Identify threats
    • Identify Vulnerabilities
    • Risk Calculation
    • Risk Mitigation (corrective/preventive measures)
    • Cyber Security Awareness Training
    • Check your Cyber Security Status
Exam & Certification
  • Exam on ISM-ISPS-MLC-STCW Refresh Training
  • “ISM-ISPS-MLC-STCW Refresh Training” Certificate
Teaching Methods
  • Detailed seminar presentations (available for download)
  • No. of pages: 657


  • Reading lists and resources available in presentations


Study time allocation
  • Private study hours: 76
  • Trainer contact hours: Availability and competence of instructors upon request
  • Enrollment duration: 90 days (from the date of purchase)


  • CPD Points: 76
  • ECTS/ECVET Points:2.5


Assessment methods


% contribution to final mark

% Minimum passing grade

Exam on ISM-ISPS-MLC-STCW Refresh Training





Upon successful completion of the course assessment, participants will be issued with a ‘Certificate of Success’.



   100% Online course
   CPD Accredited eCertificate – Global acceptance
   Downloadable course material
   E-learning Mobile App
   Enrolment: 3 months
   Flexible schedule
   Language: English

350,00 € each

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