ISPS Code Implementer Course Certified by Cognicert UK

According to the ISPS Code, the Company/ Ship / Port Facility Security Officer plays a key role in the effective implementation of a Security Management System and takes responsibility for verification and monitoring of all Security  and pollution prevention activities. To comply with the ISPS Code a shipping company / Port Facility should be able to provide documentary evidence that the PFSO, CSO or SSO has received sufficient training to undertake the necessary duties.
Chapter VI of the STCW Convention has been amended with a new Regulation VI/5 requiring all persons designated as Ship Security Officer (SSO) to be issued with a certificate of proficiency. Onboard all ships which are required to comply with the provisions of the ISPS Code, a Ship Security Officer (SSO) must be designated. This module provides the participants with comprehensive knowledge to enable them to take on the duties and responsibilities as defined in the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.
Practical case studies are used to illustrate possible measures to comply with the maritime security requirements.


The course focuses on:

  • Understanding the ISPS Code
  • Assessment of security risks, threats and vulnerability
  • Developing, maintaining and supervising the implementation of a Ship Security Plan (SSP)
  • Conducting periodic inspections of the ship for which the participant is designated to act as the Ship Security Officer to ensure appropriate security measures are implemented and maintained
  • Ensuring that security equipment and systems, if any, are properly operated, tested and calibrated
  • Encouraging security awareness and vigilance
  • Identifying weapons and improvised explosive devices
  • Security training, drills and exercises
  • Assess security risk, threat and vulnerability
  • Coordinate the security measures for handling cargo
  • Monitor security equipment ensuring it is operated, tested, calibrated and maintained.

 Who Should Attend

  • Shipping Security Officers;
  • Company Security Officers;
  • Superintendents;
  • Designated persons;
  • Nautical officers;
  • All those wishing to act the Role of SSO, CSO or PFSO along with all office Personnel involved in ISPS implementation,

Course Content:

  • Introduction
  • The Development of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, STCW
  • Requirements of the SSO in the 21st century
  • Principles of modern management systems
  • Knowledge and understanding of the ISPS Code
  • Background, Purpose & amendments to ISPS code.
  • Mandatory Regulations, Codes, Guidelines, Standards.
  • ISPS Planning
  • ISPS Policies and Objectives
  • Stakeholders in Shipboard Operations and Marine industry.
  • Assessment techniques
  • Maritime hazards and risk assessment
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • ISPS Risk Controls and implementation plan
  • Implementation
  • Handling of mandatory rules and regulations
  • The roles and responsibilities of Contracting Governments, Designated Authorities, and Recognized Security Organizations
  • The Security Roles & Responsibilities of Crew and Port Security Personnel
  • Implementation of documented processes and procedures
  • Training, awareness and communication
  • Ensuring effective communication with shipboard staff and shore management
  • Technical and operational aspects of Security management
  • Measures and Procedures for Maritime Security (MARSEC) Levels
  • Recognition of weapons, dangerous substances, and devices
  • Identifying techniques used to circumvent security measures
  • The handling of Sensitive Security-Related Information (SSRI) and Communications
  • Identifying security threats
  • Security Emergency exercise and evaluation
  • Identifying, Recognizing and Responding to Threats including Maritime Piracy & Armed Robbery against Ship
  • Ship Protection Actions
  • Testing and maintaining Protective Equipment
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Performance Measurements, Monitoring and evaluation
  • Ship Protection Evaluation
  • Auditing techniques
  • Requirements for marine-related management system audits
  • Management System Audits and Certification under ISPS Code.
  • Improvement
  • Non-conformance and Corrective action
  • Implementation of corrective action
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Training Methodologies
  • Case Study
  • Individual Exercises
  • Role Play
  • Group Exercises
  • Group Presentation
  • Examination