Superyacht Security Awareness:

Course fee: £560-00 (ex VAT)

Payment Information:

  • If your credit/debit card is registered within the E.U. then VAT will apply
  • If your credit/debit card is registered outside of the E.U. then VAT will not apply on your online payment. 

Course Description:

About the Online SSO Course:


This 100% Online UK DfT MCA Approved (STCW ISPS) Proficiency as Ship Security Officer (SSO) Course fully complies with the knowledge, understanding and proficiency as instructed by the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) and is key to ensuring that those persons performing the role of the Ship Security Officer fully understand their duties and responsibilities.

Awarding Body:


This online SSO course is fully approved and certified under the UK Department for Transport Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and meets with Regulation VI/5, paragraph 1 and Section A-VI/5, paragraphs 1 to 4 of the STCW Convention and Code 1978, as amended. Ship Security Officer certification incorporates both the Security Awareness and Designated Security Duties certification.


Target Audience:


To provide those seeking a certificate of proficiency as a Ship Security Officer the essential education and training meeting the Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiency (KUP) requirements set out by the STCW supporting Chapter XI-2 of the annex to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) 1974, as amended and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.



Those undertaking the training must have either:

  • Approved seagoing service of not less than 12 months or
  • At the discretion of the MCA - appropriate sea service (minimum three months) and knowledge of ships operations to enable them to achieve the objectives of the training. If this is the case, then the learner must provide proof of such.

Learners without one of the above may take the SSO Course but will receive PDSD Certification until such a time as they can demonstrate the relevant sea time, at which point we will upgrade their certification free of charge.

Regulations Addressed:


The International Ship & Port Security (ISPS) Code, STCW Table A-VI/5.

Course Duration:


The course lasts for approximately 21 hours (split into the three modules) depending on the learner’s abilities and reading speed. However, you can enter and exit this course as often as you require.

Course Subjects:

  • The Development of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of relevant bodies and organisations.
  • The roles and responsibilities of Contracting Governments, Designated Authorities, and Recognised Security Organisations.
  • The Security Roles & Responsibilities of Crew and Port Security Personnel.
  • Measures and Procedures for Maritime Security (MARSEC) Levels.
  • Recognition of weapons, dangerous substances and devices.
  • Recognition of persons who may pose a threat to the security of the ship.
  • Identifying techniques used to circumvent security measures.
  • The handling of Sensitive Security-Related Information (SSRI) and Communications.
  • Identifying security threats including Maritime Piracy & Armed Robbery against Shipping.
  • Declarations of Security (DoS).
  • The On-Scene Security Survey.
  • The Ship Security Assessment (SSA).
  • The Ship Security Plan (SSP).
  • The provisions for maintaining security.
  • Criteria for setting Maritime Security (MARSEC) levels under the ISPS Code.
  • Actions to prevent weapons, dangerous substances and devices being brought on board.
  • Guidance and measure for Anti-Piracy and Anti-Armed Robbery.
  • Responses to Emergency Situations including Maritime Piracy & Armed Robbery against Shipping.
  • Physical Searches & Non-Intrusive Inspections.
  • Crowd Management & Control Requirements.
  • Crew Training, Emergency Drills & Exercises.
  • European Commission (DG MOVE) and European Maritime Safety Agency.
  • Port and Flag States.
  • UK DfT Maritime Security and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
  • Recognised security organisations and limitations in their use.
  • The Shipping Company.
  • Masters Authority and Discretion for Ship Safety and Security.
  • Authority of the Duly Authorised Officer (DAO).
  • The legal implications for seafarers and security personnel.
  • The requirement for the provision of the ship identification number (SIN), Automatic Identification System (AIS), Ship Security Alert System (SSAS) and Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT).
  • The purpose and control of the continuous synopsis record (CSR).
  • The purpose and use of the Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT).
  • And Much, Much More …

Course Certification:

The online SSO Course is fully approved by the UK Maritime & Coastguard and is internationally recognised and accepted under STCW.  It includes the 2010 Manila Amendments and conforms to Regulation VI/5, paragraph 1 and Section A-VI/5, paragraphs 1 to 4 of the STCW Convention and Code 1978, as amended, and incorporates the Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) and the Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) as laid down in Regulation VI/6 and Section A-VI/6 of the STCW Convention and Code.

Approved By:

UK DfT Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Course Demo:

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