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Vessel Security Officer 2 Day Program - USCG Approved

In association with MARSEC Corporation, SMS offers a VSO (also known as SSO) training course.

Overview The Vessel Security Officer 2 Day Program course is fully approved by the USCG National Maritime Center, which meets all International and Domestic requirements for VSO/SSO training. These requirements include: Regulations 13.1 (Part B) and 13.2 (Part A & B) of the ISPS Code; all training requirements contained in 33 CFR 104.215; and all requirements for issuance of the required Coast Guard-issued credential with a Vessel Security Officer endorsement in accordance with the ship security officer requirements of Regulation VI/5 of the STCW.

Course Length: 16hrs

Course Price: $775

Course Objectives Upon completion of Vessel Security Officer (VSO) course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the requirements for a ship or port assessment
  • Initiate, direct and evaluate the ship or port security plan
  • Manage and monitor the ship or port security systems
  • Ensure that the proper training and evaluation is carried out for all personnel involved in security matters
  • Implement and maintain the vessel security plan
  • Train, direct and motivate ship or port personnel involved in security
Course Modules consist of:
  • Maritime Security Policy & the ISPS Code
  • Security Responsibilities
  • Vessel Security Assessments
  • Vessel Security Plans
  • The Threat
  • Security Equipment
  • On-board Security Procedures & Security Levels
  • Security Training, Drills & Exercises
  • Security Administration & Sensitive Security Material
Satisfactory completion of this course consists of attendance of all modules, passing a written examination at the completion of the final module, and demonstrating abilities to conduct room, baggage, and personnel searches. Once satisfactory completion is demonstrated, a certificate issued by MARSEC Corporation will be issued to the attendee.

Prerequisites and CFR References To qualify for a VSO endorsement, a person must be at least 18 years of age, able to speak and understand the English language as would be relevant to the duties of a VSO, hold any valid Coast Guard issued credential under the regulations specified in 46 CFR Subchapter, successfully complete a Coast Guard-accepted VSO course, Sea Service.

ONE of the following:
  1. Have approved sea service of not less than 12 months on any vessel subject to § 104.105 of this part, credited in accordance with 46 CFR 10.205(e), 10.211, and/or 10.213; or
  2. Have approved sea service of not less than 90 days on any vessel subject to § 104.105 of this part, credited in accordance with 46 CFR 10.205(b), 10.211, and/or 10.213, and have knowledge of vessel operations.
Retraining There are currently no domestic requirements imposing refresher training for VSO.

Location Lafayette, LA

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