Already have an account with us?

Home | Training Services

Combined Course: ISPS Code Security Officer and Maritime RCA / Incident Investigation


Price includes combined course discount. Save 25% off the full price of $1,690.00 with a TEAM DISCOUNT when you register three or more attendees today under the same registration using the Pay Now or Reserve option. Team Discount cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions.

This is a combined course of ISPS Code Security Officer and Maritime RCA / Incident Investigation.


No courses scheduled at present. Please contact Customer Service at or 1-800-769-1199 for upcoming course dates, or request onsite training.





This is a combined course of:

  • ISPS Code Security Officer
    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.
    1.9 CEUs, 1.9 COCs, 3.17 CMs, ABIH approval #10-268
  • Maritime RCA / Incident Investigation
    This course is a special adaptation of our root cause analysis (RCA) and incident investigation techniques for the maritime industry. This course was developed in partnership with American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and uses their Guidance Notes on the Investigation of Marine Incidents as a reference. We have modified the terminology, examples, and workshops to address the specific issues associated with maritime applications. The incident investigation and RCA techniques you will learn in this 2-day course are state of the art. Realistic industry examples, and workshops are used extensively throughout the course to illustrate key points and allow you to practice your new skills. The focus is on teaching you how to gather data, analyze data for causal factors, fill gaps in data, determine root causes, and write effective recommendations.
    1.2 CEUs, 1.2 COCs, 2.0 CMs, ABIH approval #10-287

Duration: 5 days



Start/End Dates



ISPS Code Ship Security Officer

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 Summary and Wrap-Up


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.

Maritime RCA / Incident Investigation

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

  • Basics of Incidents and Investigations
  • Three principles for achieving operations excellence
  • Root cause/management system approach to RCA
  • Goals of incident investigation/RCA
  • Terminology: Performance gaps (causal factors), root cause, management system, safeguard
  • Workshop: Identifying performance gaps (causal factors) and root causes
  • Overall incident investigation management system and overview of the course
  • Analyzing Data
  • Fault tree analysis
  • Workshop: Developing simplified fault trees
  • Causal factor charting
  • Workshop: Developing causal factor charts
  • Identifying Root Causes
  • What is a root cause?
  • Procedure for identifying root causes
  • The Root Cause Map™
  • Workshop: Identifying root causes
  • Developing Recommendations
  • Key recommendation concepts
  • Four levels of recommendations
  • Recommendation hierarchy

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

  • Completing the Investigation
  • Writing investigation reports
  • Resolving recommendations
  • Evaluating the investigation process
  • Initiating Investigations
  • Securing the scene
  • Beginning the investigation
  • Incident classification
  • Incident management tasks
  • Investigation teams
  • Gathering resources
  • Gathering Data
  • Five types of data: people, physical, paper, electronic, and position
  • Fragility of data
  • Workshop: Identifying data needs
  • Selecting Problems for Analysis
  • Near-miss and accident investigations
  • Determining which incidents to analyze
  • Workshop: Classifying incidents
  • Results Trending and Assessment
  • Overview of results trending and assessment
  • Investigation Programs 
  • Overall program development
  • Common accident investigation/RCA program problems
  • SOURCE Toolkit
  • SOURCE™ Investigator's Toolkit - useful data collection forms
  • Pocket guide to investigation
  • Workshop: Simulated incident investigation


Related Links



  • Root Cause LEADER. Quickly identify the root causes of any type of incident, event, accident, near miss, reliability problem, quality impact, or business loss.


ABS Consulting assists with investigations of safety, reliability, quality, production, or environmental losses with proven, structured analysis techniques. Call our 24-hour help line at (865) 368-4357.

This course can be taught at your facility. Find out more.


For more information...

Contact ABS Consulting directly via e-mail, telephone or fax... | Tel: 1-800-769-1199 | Fax: 1-281-673-2931

OR submit a question or request and we'll get back to you...

Inquiry Type



Phone Number

E-mail Address

Sign me up for industry news, training schedules and event information from ABS Consulting.



About ABS Consulting | Products and Services | Software Solutions | Training Solutions | Newsroom | Contact Us