Course Overview

Our STCW Proficiency in Designated Security Duties course, accredited by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), is designed to enhance the Security on board in accordance with SOLAS and the ISPS Code.

Course Aim

To give those undertaking designated security duties on board ship, the essential education and training meeting the Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiency (KUP) requirements set out in the following STCW table. This supports the Chapter XI-2 of the annex to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) 1974, as amended and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

  • Know why ship security is important and know the roles and responsibilities of the organisations and individuals involved.
  • Know what constitutes security risk, threat and vulnerability to the ship, its personnel, cargo and operations.
  • Know the capabilities and limitations of security methods, equipment and systems.
  • Know how to maintain the measures in a ship security plan and related requirements.
  • Be able to maintain the effectiveness of security arrangements, procedures and equipment at the three security levels, taking into account their limitations.

Course Content

• Development of the ISPS Code

• Relevant international conventions

• Roles and responsibilities of relevant bodies

• Roles and responsibilities of key individuals’ e.g. CSO, SSO, MASTER and PFSO

• Threats and vulnerabilities

• Capabilities and limitations of Security equipment

• Ship Security Plans and related requirements

• Provisions for maintaining security

• Setting security levels

• Industry guidance on counter-piracy and anti-armed robbery

• Response to emergency situations

• Maintain effective security arrangements