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ISPS Code Security Officer


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This 3-day course provides a regulatory overview of maritime security requirements applicable to ship, company, and port facility security officers. Its main objective is to present stateof- the-art information, techniques, and tools for the ongoing development and implementation of effective and compliant maritime security programs. For participants having a U.S. focus, requirements of the U.S. Coast Guard regulations are emphasized and supplemented with specific requirements of the ISPS Code where differences exist. The course content assumes that attendees have already submitted their maritime security assessments and are now in the implementation phase of their maritime security programs.
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Who Should Attend:

  • Those seeking qualification as a trained maritime security officer

Benefits of Attending:

  • 1.9 CEUs, 1.9 COCs, 3.17 CMs, ABIH approval #10-268

Duration: 3 days



Start/End Dates



Day 1: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Introduction and Regulatory Requirements
    • Historical Perspective and Current Maritime Threats
    • International Requirements (i.e. the ISPS Code)
    • USCG Guidance (NVIC 4-02, 9-02, 10-02 and 11-02)
    • USCG Regulations
  • Risk Management Basis for Maritime Security
    • Risk Concepts – Frequency and Consequence
    • Threat, Vulnerability and Consequence
  • Security Assessments
    • Threat, Vulnerability and Consequence Assessment
    • Assessment Tools (Software and Checklists)
    • On-Scene Security Assessments
    • Assessment Documentation

Day 2: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Security Plans (Port, Port Facility, Company and Ship Plans)
    • Plan Content and Format
    • Security Measures by Security Level
  • Security Training
    • Training for Company, Ship and Port Facility Security Officers
    • Training for Other Personnel with Security Responsibility
    • Security Awareness Training for Other Members of Ship Crews and Port Staffs
  • Security Training Topics (per Sections 13 and 18 of the ISPS Code, Part B)
    • Security Administration
    • Methods for Security Surveys and Inspections
    • Ship and Port Facility Security Measures
    • Instruction Techniques for Security Training

Day 3: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Security Training Topics (per Section 18 of the ISPS Code, Part B) (cont'd)
    • Handling Sensitive Security-Related Information and Security-Related Communications
    • Knowledge of Current Security Threats and Patterns
    • Recognition and Detection of Weapons, Dangerous Substances and Devices
    • Recognition of Characteristics and Behavioral Patterns of Persons Who Are Likely to Threaten Security
    • Techniques Used to Circumvent Security Measures
  • Security Training Topics (per Section 18 of the ISPS Code, Part B)
    • Security Equipment and Systems and Their Operational Limitations
    • Methods of Physical Searches and Nonintrusive Inspections
    • Security Drills and Exercises, Including Assessments
  • Security Program Implementation and Internal Audit Programs


Course attendees will receive extensive reference material, including a course notebook with detailed instructional material, a copy of ABS Consulting's Guide to Port Security, security plans for both a ship and a port facility, and selected references on CD. Also, each attendee will receive a certificate indicating he/she attended a course that covered the pertinent security officer training topics from the ISPS Code Parts A and B.



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