Ship Security Officer (Model Course 3.19)

This seminar is intended to provide knowledge required for Ship Security Officers  designated as per section A/12.1 of the ISPS Code, to perform their duties in accordance with the requirements of ISPS  section A/12.


In addition by the end of this course, participants will be able to perform their duties in accordance with the requirements of IMDG Code and STCW Code, as amended and EU regulation on enhancing ship and port facility security (725/2004).


Our Ship Security Officers course is prepared according to the Mandatory Minimum Requirements for the Issue of Certificates of Proficiency for Ship Security Officers, set out in section A-VI/5, paragraphs 1 to 4 of the STCW 78, as amended and the IMO Model Course 3.19.


Aims & Objectives
  • This model course aims to provide knowledge to those who may be designated to perform the duties and responsibilities of a Ship Security Officer (SSO), as defined in section A-V/5, A-VI-/VI of the STCW and in particular the duties and responsibilities with respect to the security of a ship, for implementing and maintaining a Ship Security Plan and for liaising with the Company Security Officer (CSO) and with Port Facility Security Officers (PFSOs).
  • Assist you with a good understanding of the ISPS Code
  • Undertake the duties assigned in the Ship Security Plan as Ship Security Officer.
  • Respond to Piracy conditions as requested by latest edition of the latest edition of Best Management Practice guide


Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this course you will be able to:

  • Undertake regular security inspections of the ship to ensure that appropriate security measures are maintained
  • Maintain and supervising the implementation of the Ship Security Plan, including any amendments to the plan
  • Coordinate the security aspects of passengers, and/or the handling of cargo and ship’s stores with other shipboard personnel and with the relevant Port Facility Security Officers
  • Propose modifications to the Ship Security Plan
  • Report to the Company Security Officer any deficiencies and non-conformities identified during internal audits, periodic reviews, security inspections and verifications of compliance and implementing any corrective actions
  • Enhance security awareness and vigilance on board
  • Ensure that adequate training has been provided to shipboard personnel, as appropriate
  • Report all security incidents
  • Coordinate implementation of the Ship Security Plan with the Company Security Officer and the relevant Port Facility Security Officer
  • Ensure that security equipment is properly operated, tested, calibrated and maintained, if any
  • Receive the level of knowledge for the subjects listed in column 2 of table A-VI/5 and training as per guidance in section B-VI/5 of STCW code
  • Cover the required objectives of IMO Model Course 3.19

Who should attend?
  • Officers to be assigned as Ship Security Officers
  • SSO who want to refresh their knowledge for their duties and responsibilities


Prerequisite skills & knowledge:
  • It is assumed that those attending this course will be serving seafarers (or other shipboard personnel) and that they are likely to be designated as ship security officer. However, no specific entry requirements are envisaged.
  • Basic understanding of SOLAS Ch XI – 2 and STCW is recommended.
  • Participants aiming for a certificate of Ship Security Officers should be officers as defined in STCW 78, as amended before assignment of SSO duties
Relative conventions: SOLAS Chapter XI-2, ISPS code, STCW Code, IMDG Code, EU regulations


Available in-house/distant learning? Yes


Created by: LiberoAssurance Continuous Professional Development Training Centre Level 1 – Accredited by Univab
Port Facility Personnel with Designated Security Duties:
  • Course overview
  • Competence to be achieved
  • Historical perspective
  • Current security threats and patterns
    • Definition
    • Kinds of Security Threats
    • Types of terrorism and Example of maritime terrorism
  • Ship and port operations and conditions
Maritime Security Policy
  • Relevant international convention, codes and recommendations
    • The ISPS Code's Background
    • International Conventions
    • Initiations of IMO
    • SOLAS 74 Convention/Amendments
    • SOLAS 74- Chapter XI-2
  • Relevant government legislation and regulations
    • The Basic US legislation and regulations
    • EU legislation
    • Maritime Transportation Security Laws
    • Navigation & Vessel Inspection Circulars
  • Definitions
  • Legal implications of action or non-action by security personnel
  • Handling sensitive security related information and communications
    • Identification of Information and Communication related to Security
    • Handling of security information and communication
Security Responsibilities
  • Responsibilities of Contracting Governments
  • The role of Security Organizations
  • Obligations of the Company
  • Obligations of The Ship
  • The port Facility
    • Obligations of the Port Facility
    • Port Facility Security in accordance with the Security levels
  • Ship Security officer
    • Who assign the Ship Security Officer
    • The duties of the ship security officer
  • Company Security Officer
    • Who assign the Company Security Officer
    • The duties of the Company security officer
  • Port Facility Security Officer
    • Who assign the Port Facility Security Officer
    • The duties of the Port Facility Security Officer
  • The Responsibilities of Seafarers with Designated Security Duties
  • Port Facility Personnel with specific security duties
  • Other personnel
Ship Facility Security Assessment
  • Risk Assessment Methodology
    • General requirements
    • Generic Maritime Risk Assessment Model
  • Assessment Tools
  • On-scene security survey
    • The aim of On-scene Security Survey
    • Basic points of On-scene security survey
    • Ship security assessments including On-scene Security Surveys
  • Security assessment documentation
Security Equipment
  • Security equipment and systems
    • Equipment of ship
    • Equipment of Port
  • Operations of security equipment and systems
  • Testing, calibration and maintenance of security equipment and systems
Ship Security Plan
  • Purpose of the ship security plan
    • Definition of Ship Security Plan
    • What the Ship Security Plan should address
  • Contents of the ship security plan
    • Elements to be included in Ship Security Plan
  • Confidentiality issues
  • Implementation of the Ship Security Plan
    • Procedures for the Implementation of the Ship Security Plan
    • Procedures for Security Measures in a Ship Security Plan
  • Maintenance and modification of the Ship Security Plan
    • The Maintenance of the Ship Security Plan
    • The Modification of the Ship Security Plan
Threat Identification, Recognition and Response
  • 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
    • Restricted Items
  • Methods of physical searches and non-intrusive inspections
  • Implementing & coordinating searches
    • Implementation of searches
    • Coordinating searches
    • Susceptive places for search in port facility
    • SSP examples for “Access Control”
  • Recognition on a non-discriminatory basis of persons posing potential security risks
    • Characteristics and behavioural patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security
    • Persons who are likely to threaten security
    • Characteristics and behavioural patterns of terrorists
    • Reason behind terrorism and 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
  • Crowd management and control techniques
    • The crowd management in passenger ship
    • Passenger guide in emergency situations
    • Muster List
Ship Security Actions
  • Actions required by different security levels
    • Level 1
    • Level 2
    • Level 3
  • Maintaining security of the ship/port interface
    • Requirements for the ship prior entering port
  • Usage of the Declaration of Security
    • Definition
    • Declaration of Security
  • Reporting security incidents
    • Definition of Security Incident
    • The procedure of Reporting
  • Implementation of security procedures
Emergency Preparedness, Drills and Exercises
  • Contingency Planning
  • Security drills and exercises
    • Drills and exercises in port facility
    • Security incident scenarios
    • Drills and exercises on board
    • Examples of Drills and Exercises
  • Assessment of security drills and exercises
Security Administration
  • Documentation and records
  • Reporting security incidents
  • Monitoring and control
  • Security audits and inspections
  • Reporting nonconformities
Security Training
  • Training requirements
    • Responsible Personnel for training, drills and exercises
    • Knowledge and Training for CSO/SSO
    • Examples of Training
Exam & Certification
  • Exam on “Security Training for Ship Security Officers”
  • “Security Training for Ship Security Officers” Certificate
Teaching Methods
  • Detailed seminar book (available for download)
  • No. of pages: 109


  • Reading lists and resources available in presentations


Study time allocation
  • Private study hours: 51
  • Trainer contact hours: Availability and competence of instructors upon request
  • Enrollment duration: 90 days (from the date of purchase)


  • CPD Points: 51
  • ECTS/ECVET Points: 1.7


Assessment methods


% contribution to final mark

% Minimum passing grade

Exam on Security Training for Ship Security Officers





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

170,00 € each

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