Ship Security Officer (SSO) Training Course Syllabus
Our Ship Security Officers Course (SSO) Approved by the Maritime And Coastguard Agency (MCA) is taught over three days. Our course is the mandatory standard that you need and covers the following (To detail a few points):
Our SSO Course Covers:
- Understanding the International Ship & Port Security (ISPS) Code
- Provide Knowledge for the Ship Security Officer (SSO)
- Construct and understand a Ship Security Assessment (SSA)
- Construct and understand a Ship Security Plan (SSP)
- The roles of the Company Security Officer (CSO), Ship Security Officer (SSO) and Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO)
- Relevant Security Equipment and understanding their use
- Maritime Piracy and world Hotspots
Other Specialist Security Subjects covered:
- Knowledge of SOLAS (Safety of Life At Sea) legislation
- Search Plans and Techniques
- Threat Assessments, Recognition and Response
- Profile of a Terrorist and Terrorist Groups
- Weapons and Improvised Explosive Devices
Why is Ship Security Officer Training Needed?
The development of the ISPS Code including mandatory requirements for a Ship Security Officer was a reaction to the events of the 9/11 attacks on the United States in 2001 and the bombing of Limburg, the French oil tanker a year later. Although agreed in 2002, they didn't come into force until 2004.
Oil tankers and offshore oil platforms are a target for terrorists, but cruise ships are of equal concern. A cruise ship can be carrying more than 5,000 people; security for a vessel of this size and security for its passengers is a big operation for a Ship Security Officer.
The ISPS Code is in two parts for a Ship Security Officer to enforce. The first part has mandatory requirements for a Ship Security Officer to put in place; the second part offers guidance on implementation for Ship Security Officer.
All ships, passenger and cargo, over 500 GT on international voyages must implement this code. Mobile offshore drilling units are also subject to the Code. The main objectives and responsibilities of a Ship Security Officer include:
- Ship Security Officers implement security measures to detected security threats
- Ship Security Officers collect and circulate any security related information
- Ship Security Officers put in place methods for security assessments
- Ship Security Officers put in place plans and procedures should a security level change
All of this is explained in our course. The Code acts as a guide for all security bodies and personnel including the Ship Security Officer to ensure the safety of the ship against a variety of security risks including terrorism and piracy. It offers Ship Security Officers an outline for procedures to evaluate risk and enables governments to recognise threat levels.