Proficiency in Designated Security Duties


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Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) STCW A-VI/6-2 Proficency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)



Vallum Farm, Newcastle, NE18 0LL


Course Content

Our MCA PDSD course follows the ISPS Code, which is a comprehensive set of maritime security measures to enhance the safety and security of ships and port facilities against criminal, terrorist, maritime espionage breaches and international piracy. It does this by providing a standardised framework model of risk management that is internationally recognised. Designed during the fall out of the 9/11 attacks, it is implemented through XI-2 of the SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) Convention and is mandatory for the 148 contracting governments who have signed up to this.


The training and certifcation is in accordance with the learning objectives set out in Section A-VI paragraph 6-8 of the amended STCW Code and includes:  


  • Maintain the conditions set out in the ship security plan
  • Recognise security threats and risks
  • Undertake regular security inspections
  • Use of security equipment and systems      



This qualification must be undertaken over a minimum of 1.5 days.



 Students will be assessed by an end of course exam.


Who should attend

For shipboard personnel engaged on ISPS Code compliant vessels with designated security duties nominated within the SSP (Ship Security Plan). Any seafarer who is involved in security of a vessel. The MCA Proficiency in Designated Security Duties certificate, is an IMO recognised qualification approved by Security Companies.


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