Ship Security Officer


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Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) STCW A-VI/5 Proficency as a Ships Security Officer (SSO)



Vallum Farm, Newcastle, NE18 0LL


Course Content

Our MCA SSO 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.


This course covers the ISPS code extensively including the new Chapter “Special Measures for enhanced Maritime Security” and also includes: 


  • Duties and responsibilities of the SSO
  • Threat identification and Ship Security Assessment (SSA)
  • Risk management and the Ship Security Plan (SSP)
  • Maritime security levels
  • Maritime search techniques and plan construction
  • Security training and certification  



This qualification must be undertaken over a minimum of 3 days.



 Students will be assessed by an end of course exam.


Who should attend

Course entry requirements Candidates should have 12 months sea service or an appropriate sea service knowledge of ship operations to give them the experience needed to reach the training objectives and undertake the roles and responsibilities of an SSO. Those who do not meet this requirement will be awarded the MCA Proficiency in Designated Security Duties certificate, which is also an IMO recognised qualification approved by Security Companies.


Call us for more information on: +44 (0)191 466 1176