Maritime Security Training

 

After the events of September 11, 2001, concerns were raised over the security of U.S ports, harbors and waterways. In response to the concerns over port security, Congress passed the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. This act created a broad range of programs to improve the security conditions along ports and waterways, such as identifying and tracking vessels, assessing security programs and limiting access to secure areas. A number of executive agencies were delegated responsibilities to implement these programs and other provisions of this act.


Star Protection Agency has been assisting various facilities with their security responsibilities and compliance with this act.


Our complete training program is presented in cumulative modules to meet the needs of all of your company personnel:

  • Security Awareness: Required for all vessel / facility personnel other than principal security personnel. (2.5 Hours) 33 CFR §105.215 states that all other vessel / facility personnel, including contractors, whether part-time, full-time, temporary, or permanent, must have the knowledge of, through training or equivalent job experience in the following:
    • Relevant provisions of the Vessel / Facility Security Plan (VSP / FSP).
    • The meaning and the consequential requirements of the different Maritime Security (MARSEC) Levels, including emergency procedures and contingency plans;
    • Recognition and detection of dangerous substances and devices;
    • Recognition of characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security; and
    • Techniques used to circumvent security measures.
  • This 2.5 hour program will provide your vessel / facility personnel with the information and knowledge they need to meet this training obligation and protect your assets from security threats.

    Vessel Security Officer (VSO) / Ship Security Officer (SSO) Facility Security Officer (FSO): Required for all personnel serving as FSO / VSO / SSO - One person with alternate per vessel / facility.
  • 33 CFR requires that the FSO / VSO / SSO have general knowledge, thorough training or equivalent job experience in the following:
    • All of the items listed above and:
    • Security administration and organization of the company's vessel(s) or facility;
    • Vessel, facility, and port operations relevant to that industry;
    • Vessel and facility security measures, including the meaning and the consequential requirements of different Maritime Security (MARSEC) Levels;
    • Emergency preparedness and response and contingency planning;
    • Security equipment and systems and their operational limitations;
    • Methods of conducting audits, inspection and control and monitoring techniques;
    • Techniques for security training and education, including security measures and procedures;
    • Relevant international conventions, codes, and recommendations;
    • Relevant government legislation and regulations;
    • Responsibilities and functions of other security organizations;
    • Methodology of Vessel Security Assessment;
    • Methods of vessel security surveys and inspections;
    • Instruction techniques for security training and education including security measures and procedures;
    • Handling sensitive security information and security related communications;
    • 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;
    • Methods of physical screening and non intrusive inspections;
    • Security drills and exercises;
    • Vessel layout;
    • The Vessel Security Plan (VSP) and related procedures, including scenario based response training;
    • Crowd management and control techniques;
    • Operations of security equipment and systems, and;
    • Testing and calibration of security equipment and systems, and their maintenance while at sea.
    • Company Security Officer (CSO) All of the items listed above and carry out the following responsibilities:
      • Keep the facility / vessel(s) apprised of potential threats or other information relevant to its security;
      • Ensure a Vessel Security Assessment (VSA), Facility Security Assessment (FSA) is carried out;
      • Ensure a Vessel Security Plan (VSP), Facility Security Plan is developed, approved, and maintained;
      • Ensure the VSP / FSP is modified when necessary;
      • Ensure vessel security activities are audited;
      • Arrange for Coast Guard inspections under 46 CFR Part 2;
      • Ensure the timely or prompt correction of problems identified by audits or inspections;
      • Enhance security awareness and vigilance within the owner's or operator's organization;
      • Ensure relevant personnel receive adequate security training;
      • Ensure communication and cooperation between the vessel and the port and facilities with which the vessel interfaces;
      • Ensure consistency between security requirements and safety requirements;
      • Ensure that when sister-vessel or fleet security plans are used, the plan for each vessel reflects the vessel-specific information accurately;
      • Ensure compliance with an Alternative Security Program or equivalents approved under this subchapter, if appropriate; and
      • Ensure security measures give particular consideration to the convenience, comfort, and personal privacy of vessel personnel and their ability to maintain their effectiveness over long periods.
  • This is a continuation of both our Security Awareness and FSO / VSO programs. The program will provide attendees with the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out their duties as CSO.