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Maritime Security Specialized Training by IMS Training in Warrington

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International Maritime Security (IMS) which is part of the TUV Rheinland Group, is a leading global expert in the provision and implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, and associated national and regional instruments. Since 1986, IMS has been retained as security consultants by over 500 maritime companies, and in 1996 was commissioned by the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) to prepare the model generic Ship Security Plan (SSP) for all its members.

The US Marine Safety Centre accepted this SSP as meeting in full the provisions of the US Coast Guard Federal Register Regulations. IMS has been appointed as a Recognised Security Organisation (RSO) by the Governments of Greenland, Greece, Norway, Malta, Ireland, Denmark, Mauritania, and many other countries to carry out Port Facility Security Assessments and produce Port Facility Security Plans.

IMS Training is a winner of the 2001 Cruise & Ferry Maritime Training Initiative and the many of their courses are accredited by Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (MCA), Liberia and the Marshall Islands, United States Maritime Administration (MARAD), UK Department for Transport, and the Nautical Institute.

Training Programs

Maritime Security Courses


  • Company Security Officer (CSO) - MCA, Liberia and Marshall Islands accredited (3.5 days): This course is specifically directed at those managers, and their deputies, who have been designated as responsible for implementing company security policy. It is applicable to both the passenger and cargo fleet, and provides an overview of their role and responsibilities.
  • Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act - Crime Scene Management (CVSSA) - United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) accredited (2 days): This course is intended to provide the knowledge required for personnel who are assigned passenger vessel security responsibilities to perform their duties as mandated in the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010 (CVSSA) ), Pub. L. No. 111-207 (July 27, 2010) (codified at 46 U.S.C. Sections 3507, 3508).
  • Ship Security Officer (SSO) - MCA, Liberia and Marshall Islands accredited (3 days): A 3 day course to inform SSOs of both passenger and cargo vessels of their role and responsibilities under the new legislation.
  • Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) - UK Department for Transport accredited (3 days): This course provides the necessary background knowledge, security training and ship to shore interface procedures for those officers appointed as Port Facility Security Officers.
  • Maritime Security Officers Course - Accredited by the MCA & Nautical Institute (3.5 days): This course for personnel wishing to become Security Officers aboard cruise ships and passenger ferries. The personnel attending these courses are expected to have completed statutory courses in personal survival techniques, elementary first aid and firefighting as well as being able to demonstrate fluency in English, training skills and IT literacy.
  • Recognised Security Organisation (RSO) Course (4.5 days):The aim of this course is to provide the necessary training for organizations that wish to apply to be appointed by a Contracting Government or Designated Authority as a Recognized Security Organization.
  • Train-the-Trainer (5 days): The aim of this course is to train key company personnel for the recommended training requirements of Ship Security Officers (SSOs) and crew in accordance with the latest relevant maritime regulations and statute.
  • Management of Disruptive Passengers (4 days): The purpose of the course is to equip personnel who may be required to deal with disruptive passengers to manage any such incident safely, with due regard to customer care and relevant legislation and with the minimum of disturbance to other passengers.

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