A Ship Security Officer (SSO) is responsible for the security of the ship and for maintaining the Ship Security Plan set out by the Company. To do so, he or she must have knowledge of, and have received training in, a range of competencies listed in the ISPS Code Part B Article 13.1. IMSA’s SSO Course is based on the IMO and ICS Model courses and is designed to meet this requirement.

SSO Course

Training with IMSA Ltd

IMSA provides professional Ship Security Officer training carried out by MCA & DfT Maritime accredited trainers with the highest levels of maritime security experience so when you come to us for maritime security training of any kind you can be sure you are getting the best in the industry.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) instructions 2012

Only the appointed Ship Security Officer needs to hold an SSO certificate. Seafarers with a valid SSO certificate do not have to undertake any additional security training (PDSD or PSA)

SSO Course Aim

The aim of this training programme is to provide a Ship’s Officer with the knowledge and skills to carry out his/her duties as a designated Ship Security Officer in accordance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. In particular, he or she will be able to:

  • To monitor and manage Ship’s security systems and processes
  • To motivate and train the crew to perform security duties
  • Supervise the implementation and maintenance of a Ship Security Plan

Who Should Attend?

Ship’s officers who have been, or are likely to be, appointed as Ship Security Officers under the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and also those with a Maritime background looking to work in Ship Security.

Included In The Course:

  • Full course materials
  • Copy of presentations on CD-Rom
  • Internationally recognised certificate
  • Lunch and refreshments

“The SSO and anti-piracy course taught by IMSA Ltd. was definitely a solid investment into my career as a maritime security operator. Their no-nonsense approach combined with first-hand experience and a very friendly climate made for an effective learning environment. The extra qualification helped me to enter the market and I was able to utilize taught concepts immediately afterwards during operations. I can highly recommend this course to anyone that considers working in the maritime security business.”

Rob Ramos

Course Duration:

3 days

IMSA also deliver this training in Greece for our partner Levantine Training Centre.


Course Price:

£495 + VAT

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