Those undertaking the training must have either:

Approved seagoing service of not less than 12 months or,
At the discretion of the MCA – appropriate sea service (minimum three months) and knowledge of ships operations to enable them to achieve the objectives of the training.

Certification: Upon successful completion candidates will receive an MCA approved certificate

Duration: 3 Days (0900hrs – 1700hrs Daily)

Cost: £600.00 (Please note all prices include vat @20%

Location: South West Maritime Academy, Cromhall Quarry, Cromhall, South Gloucestershire, GL12 8AA

What is the Ship Security Officer course?


Ship Security Officer course also known as the SSO course. This is an MCA approved three day course which includes theory, case studies and practical scenarios to enable you to carry out the duties of the Ship Security Officer (SSO) on board a vessel that is required to be International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) compliant.

Our SSO course is delivered by Instructors who have served at sea in numerous security roles including Royal Navy boarding teams and Anti-Piracy team leaders. It covers all the administration requirements for the Ship Security Plan (SSP) as laid down in the ISPS Code, Searching, Stowaways, Staffing and the legal requirements. You will learn of current threats, security levels and staffing requirements to counter Terrorism, Piracy and common criminality.

The training must meet the following requirements:
Table A-VI/5


Category: SKU: Ship Security Officer (SSO)

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A summary of duties required of the Ship Security Officer

Maintain and supervise the implementation of a ship security plan.
Assess security risk, threat and vulnerability.
Undertake regular inspections of the ship to ensure appropriate security measures are implemented and maintained.
Ensure that security equipment and systems, if any, are properly operated, tested and calibrated.
Encourage security awareness and vigilance.

Course content:

1: The importance of ship security and the roles and responsibilities of organisations and individuals involved in it.
2: Assessing security risk, threat and vulnerability to the ship, its personnel, cargo and operations.
3: Understanding the capabilities and limitations of security methods, equipment and systems.
4: How to implement a ship security plan and related regulatory requirements.
5: How to determine the effectiveness of current security arrangements, procedures and equipment.
6: Understanding how to promote security awareness and vigilance on board ship.

In addition to the Ship Security Officer course you may also want to consider the Company Security Officer course.

Contact us

Please contact us if you require any further information about this course or wish to book on behalf of a company:

Telephone: 01454 260130

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday  – Friday: 08.30 – 17.00

Please be aware that online bookings will be confirmed with course joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment will be received by email.

Local Accommodation

There is a wide range of local accommodation, some of which are within walking distance of the training centre to suit everyone’s budget. For a list of local accommodation please click here.

Additional information

Course dates

4th March – 6th March 2019


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