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About this course

The threat of attack from pirates and terrorists is a very real one for vessels passing through global waters that are designated as high risk areas.

This course is specifically designed for crew who may encounter a security or safety problem as they transit hostile environments and adverse conditions.

It includes an introduction to the background of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS), the roles of the company security officer (CSO) and ship security officer (SSO), security requirements and security administration.

What you'll learn

The programme covers security drills, security exercises, crowd management techniques, security protection and emergency preparedness.

Students will become proficient in:

  • Ship security assessments and audits
  • Creating ship security plans
  • Ship and port facility security measures 
  • Recognition of behavioural patterns of people likely to threaten security
  • Detection of weapons
  • Testing and calibration of security equipment and systems.

Please see our Covid-19 statement and guidance for those attending maritime training and certification courses and exams at Warsash Maritime School and Solent University.

This course is delivered at our East Park Terrace campus in Southampton.

Course information

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  • Prerequisites

    At least 12 months' seagoing experience and knowledge of vessel operations.

Course availability

Please contact admissions for course availability and to
+44 (0)23 8201 3074

Contact us

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course.

Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure that you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email

Admissions Team

Normal office hours are (UK time):

08.30 - 17.00 Monday to Thursday
08.30 - 16.30 Friday