Vessel & Facility Personnel with Security Duties (VFPSD)

In association with Hudson Trident Maritime Security Services, SMS offers a VFPSD training course.

Overview

Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties is a one-day course fully approved by the U.S. Coast Guard to meet all international and domestic requirements for VPDSD training in accordance with Section A-VI/6 and Table A-VI/6 of STCW Code 2010 as amended, the Marine Transportation Security Act of 2002, and Chap XI-2 of SOLAS 74. This course is intended for seafarers employed or engaged onboard a vessel as part of the ship’s complement with designated security duties. This course is API Accredited.

Course Objectives

The Vessel/Facility Personnel with Security Duties (VFPSD) course is an instructor-led course and will cover the following:

  • Knowledge of current security threats and patterns
  • Recognition and detection of dangerous substances and devices
  • Recognition of characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security
  • Techniques used to circumvent security measures
  • Crowd management and control techniques
  • Security-related communications
  • Knowledge of emergency procedures and contingency plans
  • Operation of security equipment and systems
  • Testing, calibration, and maintenance of security equipment and systems, both ashore and at sea
  • Inspection, control, and monitoring techniques
  • Relevant provisions of the Vessel/Facility Security Plan (FSP)
  • Methods of physical screening of persons, personal effects, baggage, cargo, and vessel stores
  • The meaning and the consequential requirements of the different MARSEC Levels
  • Familiarity with all relevant aspects of the TWIC program and how to carry them out

Additional Information

Written Exam: A minimum written test score of 70% is required to pass. Students that fail the test will undergo remediation and are allowed one retest. A second failure requires repeating the course before they may retest again.

Retraining: Every 5 years.

Prerequisites: This course is intended for seafarers employed or engaged onboard a vessel as part of the ship’s complement with designated security duties.

Location: Lafayette, LA

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