Guidelines - Ship Security Officer (SSO) Course (Obsolete- Superseded by Tr. Circular 1 of 2013)

Training Circular No. 34 of 2004

No: 11-TR(41)/2003                                                                                       Dated: November 7, 2004

Subject: Guidelines - Ship Security Officer (SSO) Course

Maritime safety and efficiency is of utmost concern to the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS), the constituted authority of the Government of India for all maritime affairs.

It was noticed that some training institutes barely met the minimum standards set by the Directorate, while other provided training facilities that were world class. In order to bring about uniformity of training, amenities and equipment provided by all, old guidelines were revised and new ones formulated. This was done by the DGS in consultation with the training institutes and employers (shipowners and manning agencies). Draft guidelines were displayed on the website of the DGS and comments invited from interested parties, regardless of the position or office held.

Meetings of interested parties were held and modification made to the draft guidelines. In keeping with Government policy, the guidelines have been made in as transparent manner as practicable. The final guidelines for Ship Security Officer(SSO) Course is attached herewith.

It is expected that training institutes would follow these guidelines in letter and spirit.

The above guidelines shall come into force w.e.f. 01.05.2004.

This issues with the approval of the Director General of Shipping and ex-officio Addl. Secretary to the Government of India.

Sd/-

(Naresh Salecha)

Sr.Dy. Director General of Shipping

MANDATORY GUIDELINES FOR TRAINING INSTITUTES

FOR OBTAINING APPROVAL FROM DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF SHIPPING

TO CONDUCT 

Ship Security Officer (SSO) Course

To avoid unnecessary repetition, reference has been made herein to DGS Order no: 1 of 2003 (Guidelines for the conduct of Pre-Sea Training courses for Merchant Navy) wherever appropriate.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. BASIC DETAILS OF THE COURSE
    1. Aims:
    2. Objectives:
    3. Application:
  2. APPROVALS
  3. QUALIFICATION AND ELIGIBILITY OF CANDIDATES
    1. Entry Standards:
    2. Required Attendance:
    3. Course intake limitations:
  4. INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIREMENT
  5. COURSE DETAILS
  6. HOLIDAYS
  7. FACULTY REQUIREMENT
    1. Qualifications and experience of Course " in " charge
    2. Qualifications and experience of faculty members
    3. Visiting faculty members:
    4. Age Limit
  8. FACULTY / INSTRUCTOR STRENGTH
  9. COURSE DURATION
  10. ASSESSMENT
  11. QUALITY STANDARDS
  12. INSPECTIONS
  13. FEES TO GOVT.
  14. Annexure 1 ' List of library books.
  15. Annexure 2 ' Form of certificate
  16. Annexure 3 ' Detailed teaching syllabus

SHIP SECURITY OFFICER(SSO) COURSE

  1. BASIC DETAILS OF THE COURSE
    1. Aims:
    2. Section 12 of the Part A of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) has laid down the requirement, duties and responsibilities of ship security officer. In accordance with provision under Section 13 - Part A of the Code with regard to training, drills and exercises on ship security, the ship security officer and appropriate shore-based personnel shall have knowledge and have received training, taking into account the guidance given in Part B of the Code. This course, called the Ship Security Officer course aims to provide knowledge to those who may be designated to perform the duties and responsibilities of a Ship Security Officer (SSO), as defined in section A/2.1.6 (and section A/12) of the ISPS Code, and in particular the duties and responsibilities with respect to the security of a ship, for implementing and maintaining a Ship Security Plan and for liaising with the Company Security Officer (CSO) and with Port Facility Security Officers (PFSOs).

    3. Objectives:
    4. Those who successfully complete this course should be able to undertake the duties and responsibilities as Ship Security Officer, as defined in section A/12.2 of the ISPS Code, which include, but are not limited to:

      undertaking regular security inspections of the ship to ensure that appropriate security measures are maintained;

      maintaining and supervising the implementation of the Ship Security Plan, including any amendments to the plan;

      coordinating the security aspects of the handling of cargo and ship's stores with other shipboard personnel and with the relevant Port Facility Security Officers;

      proposing modifications to the Ship Security Plan;

      reporting to the Company Security Officer any deficiencies and non-conformities identified during internal audits, periodic reviews, security inspections and verifications of compliance and implementing any corrective actions;

      enhancing security awareness and vigilance on board;

      ensuring that adequate training has been provided to shipboard personnel, as appropriate;

      reporting all security incidents;

      coordinating implementation of the Ship Security Plan with the Company Security Officer and the relevant Port Facility Security Officer; and

      ensuring that security equipment is properly operated, tested, calibrated and maintained, if any.

    5. Application:
    6. These guidelines shall be applicable from 10th Dec 2004

  2. QUALIFICATION AND ELIGIBILITY OF CANDIDATES
    1. Entry Standards:
    2. Those attending this course shall be serving seafarers and are likely to be designated as Ship Security Officer.

    3. Required Attendance:
    4. 100% attendance is required for successful completion of the course. However, in exceptional circumstances, a student is allowed absence of up-to one day subject to his attending the lectures missed out during the next course at the same institute. The institute shall keep proper records of such cases.

    5. Course intake limitations:
    6. The number of students shall not exceed 24 per class.

  3. INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIREMENT
  4. Physical requirement for classrooms, black/white boards, overhead projector, screen, notice board, study environment and teaching equipment are to be provided as per DGS order 1 of 2003. Library books and equipment to include items contained in Annexure 1.

  5. COURSE DETAILS
  6. Course duration: 2 days

    Course outline: As per Annexure 2

    Detailed Teaching Syllabus: As per Annexure 3

    Detailed Teaching Syllabus: As per IMO Model Course 1.19 (Recommended)

  7. HOLIDAYS
  8. Sundays shall be holidays.

    Independence Day and Republic Day shall be compulsory holidays.

    Students shall normally enjoy the holidays observed by the Govt of the state in which the institute is located.

  9. FACULTY REQUIREMENT
    1. Qualifications and experience of course in charge

      Certificate of competency as Master of (FG), issued or recognised by the Government of India.

      And

      At least 5 years service on Merchant ships of which at least one year should have been in the rank of Master

      And

      Should have undergone Trainer & Auditors course for Security of 5 days duration.

    2. Qualifications and experience of faculty members
    3. Certificate of competency as Master of (FG), issued or recognised by the Government of India.

      and

      At least 5 years service on Merchant ships of which at least one year should have been at management level.

      And

      Should have undergone DG approved Ship Security Officer's course.

       

      In lieu of above requirements of Para 6.2.1 to 6.2.3, an expert with specialised knowledge & Training in Maritime Security matters

      Training of Trainers & Assessors Course:

      As per DGS Order no: 1 of 2003.

    4. Visiting faculty members:
    5. Qualifications and experience of visiting faculty members should be the same as that of regular faculty as specified above.

    6. Age limit for regular faculty members:
    7. As per DGS Order no: 1 of 2003.

    8. FACULTY STRENGTH
    9. Not less than two Master Mariners (inclusive of the course-in-charge) OR one Master Mariner and other person specialised in the field of ship security.

      A minimum of 50% of the entire portion must be covered by regular faculty.

    10. COURSE DURATION
    11. A total of 480 hours of lectures, including practical training and internal assessment.

    12. ASSESSMENT
    13. A written test would be carried out at the end of each course.

    14. QUALITY STANDARDS
    15. As per DGS Order no: 1 of 2003.

    16. INSPECTIONS
    17. DGS Order no: 1 of 2003

    18. COST OF INSPECTIONS
    19. As per DGS Order no: 1 of 2003 and as per Training Circular No.28 of 2004 dated 11.10.2004.

    20. FEES TO GOVT.
    21. As per DGS Order no: 1 of 2003.

    ANNEXURE '1

    TEACHING AIDS

    Equipment

    Audiovisual aids: video cassette player, TV, slide projector, overhead projector, etc. Photographs, models, or other representations of various vessels and vessel parts to illustrate operational elements and security vulnerabilities.

    Video cassette(s)

    Fernandez, L., & Merzer, M. (2003). Jane's Crisis Communications Handbook, (1st ed.). Alexandria: Jane's Information Group.

    Hawkes, K. G. (1989). Maritime Security. Centreville: Cornell Maritime Press.

    International Chamber of Shipping. (2003). Maritime Security: Guidance for Ship Operators on the IMO International Ship and Port Facility Security Code. London: ICS.

    International Chamber of Shipping. (2003). Model Ship Security Plan. London: ICS.

    International Chamber of Shipping/International Shipping Federation. (1999). Piracy and Armed Robbers: A Master's Guide. (3rd ed.). London: Marisec Publications

    Sidell, F. R., et al. (2002). Jane's Chem-Bio Handbook. (2nd ed.). Alexandria: Jane's Information Group.

    Sullivan, J. P., et al. (2002). Jane's Unconventional Weapons Response Handbook. (1st ed.). Alexandria: Jane's Information Group.

    United States Coast Guard. Risk-based Decision Making Guidelines. http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/risk/e-guidelines/html/index.htm

    United States Department of Transportation. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. (1999). Intermodal Cargo Transportation: Industry Best Security Practices. Cambridge: Volpe Center.

    Viollis, P., et al. (2002). Jane's Workplace Security Handbook. (1st ed.).

    Alexandria: Jane's Information Group.

    IMO/ILO references (R) (mandatory)

    International Maritime Organization. (2003). International Ship & Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, 2003 and December 2002 Amendments to SOLAS. London: IMO. (IMO-I116E).

    1. SOLAS Chapter XI-1
    2. SOLAS Chapter XI-2
    3. ISPS Code Part A
    4. ISPS Code Part B
    5. International Labour Organization. Seafarers' Hours of Work and the Manning of Ships Convention, 1996. (No. 180).

      International Labour Organization. Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention, 1958. (No. 108).

      International Labour Organization. Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention (Revised), 2003. (No. 185). (Not yet in force).

      Annexure II

      COURSE OUTLINE

      lShip Security Officer (SSO) Course

      Duration: 2 working days                                                                                                 Total hours: 12 hours
      Sr. No Topic Methods of teaching Duration
      1

      Introduction

      Course Overview

      Competencies to be achieved

      Current Security threats & Patterns

      Ship & Port operations and conditions

      Lecture / Presentation 1.5 Hours
      2

      Maritime Security Policies

      Relevant International Conventions, Codes & Recommendations

      Relevant Govt. Legislation and Regulations

      Definitions

      Legal Implications of action or non-action by the Ship Security Officer

      Handling sensitive security related information and communications

      Lecture / Presentation; 1.0 Hour
      3

      Security Responsibilities

      Contracting Governments

      Recognized Security Organization

      The Company

      The Ship

      The Port Facility

      Ship Security Officer

      Company Security Officer

      Port Facility Security Officer

      Vessel personnel with specific security duties

      Facility personnel with specific security duties

      Other personnel

      Lecture / Presentation; 1.5 Hours
      4

      Ship Security Assessment

      Risk assessment methodology

      Assessment tools

      On-scene security survey

      Security assessment documentation

      The assessment is required to be completed within the specified time for the course.

      Lecture/ Presentation/ Workshop/ Exercises 1.0 Hours
      5

      Security Equipment

      Security Equipment and systems

      Operational limitations of Security Equipment and systems

      Testing, calibration and maintenance of Security Equipment & systems

      Lecture/ Demonstration of Equipments 1.0 Hours
      6

      Ship Security Plan

      Purpose of the Ship Security Plan

      Contents of the Ship Security Plan

      Confidentiality issues

      Implementation of the Ship Security Plan

      Maintenance and modifications of the Ship Security Plan

      Personal survival without a lifejacket

      Boarding survival craft

      Lecture/ Presentation/ Workshop/ Exercises 1.0 Hour
      7

      Threat Identifications, Recognition & Response

      Recognition & detection of weapons, dangerous substances and devices

      Methods of physical searches and non-intrusive inspections

      Implementing and coordinating searches

      Recognition on a non-discriminatory basis, of persons posing potential security risks

      Techniques used to circumvent security measures

      Crowd management and control techniques

      Lecture/ Presentation/ Workshop/ Exercises 1.5 Hours
      8

      Ship Security Actions)

      Actions required by different security Levels

      Maintaining security of the ship/port interface

      Usage of the declaration of security

      Implementation of security procedures

      Lecture/ Presentation/ Workshop/ Exercises 1.0 Hours
      9

      Emergency Preparedness, Drills and Exercises

      Contingency planning

      Security drills and exercises

      Assessment of Security drills and exercises

      Correct use of helicopter harness

      Lecture/ Presentation/ Exercises/ Contingency plans for various security related emergencies 1.0 Hours
      10

      Security Administration

      Documentation & Records

      Reporting security breaches

      Monitoring and Control

      Security Audits and Inspections

      Reporting nonconformities

      Lecture/ Presentation/ Workshop/ Exercises 1.0 Hour
      11

      Security Training

      Training requirements

      Lecture/ Presentation 0.5 Hour
      TOTAL 12.0 Hours
    DETAILED TEACHING SYLLABUS Annexure 3
    Learning Objectives Hours
    1. Introduction
    2. Course overview
    3. describes the topics and emphasis of the course

    4. Competences to be achieved
    5. describes the competences that will be achieved through completion of the course

    6. Historical perspective
    7. describes representative incidents involving criminal activity in the maritime environment

      summarizes incident statistics and discusses underlying motivation and results

    8. Current security threats and patterns
    9. dentifies threats to the maritime transport industry, such as:

      piracy and armed attacks

      terrorism

      contraband smuggling

      stowaways and refugees

      cargo theft

      collateral damage

    10. Ship and port operations and conditions
    11. characterizes the intermodal nature of transportation and the interfaces between ships and other modes

     

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