Course Length – 1 day

This course is intended to provide the knowledge required for seafarers with designated security duties in connection with a Vessel Security Plan (VSP) to perform their duties in accordance with the requirements of Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, Chapter XI-2 of SOLAS 74 as amended, the ISPS Code, the U.S. Coast Guard regulations contained in 33 CFR Chapter 1 Subchapter H, and/or Section A-VI/6 of the STCW Code as amended.

Compliance and Certification

This course was reviewed by U.S. Coast Guard National Maritime Center (NMC) and approved by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) as outlined in 46 CFR, Part 10, Subpart D and complies with the following standards and training requirements:

  • U.S. Maritime Administration, Guidelines for Maritime Security Training Course Providers
  • Regulation 13.3 (Part B) of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code
  • Model Course MTSA 04-01, Maritime Security for Vessel Personnel with Specific Security Duties (2004 edition)
  • IMO Model Course 3.26, Security Training for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties (2012 edition)
  • STCW Convention 1978, as amended, Regulation VI/6 and STCW Code Section A-VI/6

Course Competencies

Vessel personnel with designated security duties will receive training in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of current security threats and patterns
  • Recognition and detection of weapons, dangerous substances and devices
  • Recognition, on a non-discriminatory basis, of characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security
  • Crowd management and control techniques
  • Security related communications
  • Techniques used to circumvent techniques
  • Knowledge of emergency procedures and contingency plans
  • Operations of security equipment and systems
  • Testing, calibration, and whilst at sea, maintenance of security equipment and systems
  • Inspection, control, and monitoring techniques
  • Methods of physical searches of persons, personal effects, baggage, cargo, and vessel’s stores
  • Knowledge of Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) requirements
  • Knowledge of the security-related provisions of the Manilla Amendments of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW)
  • Knowledge of port security topics required by the Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006
  • Knowledge of U.S. Coast Guard and IMO guidance on preventing and suppressing acts of piracy and armed robbery against vessels
  • Knowledge of the reporting requirements in case of a security incident

Course Agenda

  1. Intro to Maritime Security
  2. Security Responsibilities
  3. Vessel Security Assessments and On-Scene Inspections
  4. Security Equipment
  5. Threat Identification, Recognition & Response
  6. Vessel Security Actions
  7. Emergency Preparedness, Drills and Exercises
  8. Security Administration