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20.01.05// Sub-Committee on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping - 36th session: 10 to 14 January 2005

Training for SSOs - amendments to STCW Convention and Code endorsed

Minimum mandatory training and certification requirements for persons to be designated as ship security officers (SSOs) were endorsed by the Sub-Committee on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping when it met for its 36th session in January 2005.

Candidates for a certificate of proficiency as a ship security officer will be required to demonstrate they have the knowledge to complete a range of tasks, duties and responsibilities, including: maintenance and supervision of the implementation of a ship security plan; assessment of security risk, threat, and vulnerability; undertaking regular inspections of the ship to ensure that appropriate security measures are implemented and maintained; ensuring that security equipment and systems, if any, are properly operated, tested and calibrated; and encouraging security awareness and vigilance.

The Sub-Committee endorsed draft amendments to the STCW Convention and to parts A and B of the STCW Code. The proposed amendments include:

  • New STCW regulation VI/5 - Requirements for the issue of certificates of proficiency for Ship Security Officers;
  • New STCW Code section A-VI/5 - Requirements for the issue of certificates of proficiency for Ship Security Officers, including table A-VI/5 Specifications of minimum standards of proficiency for ship security officers; and
  • New STCW Code section B-VI/5 - Guidance regarding training for Ship Security Officers.

The Sub-committee also agreed a draft MSC circular providing guidance on training and documentation for company security officers which includes a table of knowledge, understanding and proficiencies (KUPS) relevant to the company security officer

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