This course aims to provide knowledge to those who may be designated to perform the duties and responsibilities of a Ship Security Officer (SSO), as defined in section A/2.1.6. (and section A/12) of the ISPS Code, and in particular the duties and responsibilities with respect to the security of a ship, for implementing and maintaining a ship security plan and for liaising with the Company Security Officer (CSO) and Port Facility Security Officers (PFSOs)


Those who will successfully complete this course should be able to undertake/assume the duties and responsibilities as ship security officer, as defined in section A/12.2 of the ISPS Code, which include, but are not limited to:

  1. Undertaking regular security inspections of the ship to ensure that appropriate security measures are maintained;
  2. Maintaining and supervising the implementation of the ship security plan, including any amendments to the plan;
  3. Co-coordinating the security aspects of the handling of cargo and ship’s stores with other shipboard personnel and with the relevant port facility security officers;
  4. Proposing modifications to the ship security plan;
  5. 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 corrective actions;
  6. Enhancing security awareness and vigilance onboard;
  7. Ensuring that adequate training has been provided to shipboard personnel as appropriate,
  8. Reporting all security incidents
  9. Coordinating implementation of the ship security plan with the Company Security Officer and relevant Port Facility Security Officer; and
  10. Ensuring that security equipment is properly operated, tested, calibrated and maintained, if any.

It is assumed that those attending this course will be serving seafarers (or other shipboard personnel) and that they are likely to be designated as Ship Security Officer. However, no specific entry requirements are envisaged.

Code No. of Days Room Starting Day
SSO 3  806 Per schedule