Ship Security Officer

Based on the IMO Model Course 3.19

Learning Objectives

The participating Officers in the Ship Security Officer Training Course should be able to undertake the duties and responsibilities as Ship Security Officers, as defined in Section A/12.2 of the ISPS Code and in Section A-VI/5 of the STCW Code, which include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Undertaking regular security inspections of the ship to ensure that appropriate security measures are maintained,
  • Maintaining and supervising the implementation of the Ship Security Plan, including any amendments to the Plan,
  • Coordinating 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,
  • Proposing modifications to the Ship Security Plan,
  • Reporting 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,
  • Enhancing Security awareness and vigilance onboard,
  • Ensuring that adequate training has been provided to shipboard personnel,
  • Reporting all security incidents,
  • Coordinating the implementation of the Ship Security Plan with the Company Security Officer and the relevant Port Facility Security Officer, and
  • Ensuring that security equipment is properly operated, tested, calibrated and maintained, if any.


Entry Standards

The entry requirements (what criteria the candidate trainee should meet, so that upon the successful completion of training and assessment, a Certificate of Proficiency for Ship Security Officer to be issued) are as follows:

  • Approved seagoing service of not less than 12 months or appropriate seagoing service and knowledge of ship operations, and
  • Meet the standard of competence for certification of proficiency as Ship Security Officer, set out in Section A-VI/5, paragraphs 1 to 4 of the STCW Code.


Course Outline

The Training Course has been given a modular structure to facilitate the way the participating Officers will capture the knowledge and skills to perform the role and duties of the Ship Security Officer to the required standards.

It consists of 11 modules, with each module to be corresponding to a specific subject area as schematically presented below. Similarly, the main presentation of the course follows exactly the sequence of modules.

Daily Schedule


Part Topics (Day No. 1)
Module 1 Introduction
Module 2 Maritime Security Policy
Module 3 Security Responsibilities
Module 4 Ship Security Assesment & RA
Module 5 Security Equipment
Module 6 Ship Security Plan


Part Topics (Day No. 2)
Module 6 Ship Security Plan
Module 7 Threat Identification, Recognition and Response
Module 8 Ship Security Actions
Module 9 Emergency Preparedness, Drill & Exercises
Module 10 Security Administration
Module 11 Security Training