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IMO ISPS Code Section 13 - Training, Drills and Exercises Requirements for Company Security Officer (CSO), Ship Security Officer (SSO), and Related Shore-Based & Shipboard Personnel

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) mandated International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) is a supplement to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended (SOLAS). ISPS Code intends to provide an international framework for mandatory requirements regarding the provisions of Chapter XI-2 of SOLAS.

Under the provisions of Section 13 of the ISPS Code, it is compulsory to have training and exercises. Companies should plan and conduct periodic security exercises to test the company’s security plans and procedures for responding to security alerts and incidents. The Ship Security Plan (SSP) shall address drill and training frequency and the drills shall be conducted at least every three months.


Various types of exercises may include participation of the CSO, PSO, relevant authorities of contracting governments and SSO, along with other shore-based & shipboard personnel of the vessel involved with security and emergency response.

The CSO and SSO shall know of, and receive training in, some or all of the elements of Part B, of the Code. The SSO shall have completed a training course regarding the requirements and recommendations of the ISPS Code.

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ISPS Code - Training, Drills and Exercises

ISPS Code Part A Section 13 - Training, Drills and Exercises on Ship Security

Training, Drills and Exercises on Ship Security




13 Training, Drills and Exercises on Ship Security

13.1 The company security officer and appropriate shore-based personnel shall have knowledge and have received training, taking into account the guidance given in part B of this Code.

13.2 The ship security officer shall have knowledge and have received training, taking into account the guidance given in part B of this Code.

13.3 Shipboard personnel having specific security duties and responsibilities shall understand their responsibilities for ship security as described in the ship security plan and shall have sufficient knowledge and ability to perform their assigned duties, taking into account the guidance given in part B of this Code.

13.4 To ensure the effective implementation of the ship security plan, drills shall be carried out at appropriate intervals taking into account the ship type, ship personnel changes, port facilities to be visited and other relevant circumstances, taking into account the guidance given in part B of this Code.

13.5 The company security officer shall ensure the effective coordination and implementation of ship security plans by participating in exercises at appropriate intervals, taking into account the guidance given in part B of this Code.

ISPS Code Part B Section 13 - Training, Drills and Exercises on Ship Security

Guidance regarding training, drills and exercises on ship security

13 Training, Drills and Exercises on Ship Security

Training

13.1 The Company Security Officer (CSO) and appropriate shore based Company personnel, and the Ship Security Officer (SSO), should have knowledge of, and receive training, in some or all of the following, as appropriate:

.1 security administration;

.2 relevant international conventions, codes and recommendations;

.3 relevant Government legislation and regulations;

.4 responsibilities and functions of other security organizations;

.5 methodology of ship security assessment;

.6 methods of ship security surveys and inspections;

.7 ship and port operations and conditions;

.8 ship and port facility security measures;

.9 emergency preparedness and response and contingency planning;

.10 instruction techniques for security training and education, including security measures and procedures;

.11 handling sensitive security related information and security related communications;

.12 knowledge of current security threats and patterns;

.13 recognition and detection of weapons, dangerous substances and devices;

.14 recognition, on a non discriminatory basis, of characteristics and behavioural patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security;

.15 techniques used to circumvent security measures;

.16 security equipment and systems and their operational limitations;

.17 methods of conducting audits, inspection, control and monitoring;

.18 methods of physical searches and non-intrusive inspections;

.19 security drills and exercises, including drills and exercises with port facilities; and

.20 assessment of security drills and exercises.

13. 2 In addition the SSO should have adequate knowledge of, and receive training, in some or all of the following, as appropriate:

.1 the layout of the ship;

.2 the ship security plan and related procedures (including scenario-based training on how to respond);

.3 crowd management and control techniques;

.4 operations of security equipment and systems; and

.5 testing, calibration and whilst at sea maintenance of security equipment and systems.

13.3 Shipboard personnel having specific security duties should have sufficient knowledge and ability to perform their assigned duties, including, as appropriate:

.1 knowledge of current security threats and patterns;

.2 recognition and detection of weapons, dangerous substances and devices;

.3 recognition of characteristics and behavioural patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security;

.4 techniques used to circumvent security measures;

.5 crowd management and control techniques;

.6 security related communications;

.7 knowledge of the emergency procedures and contingency plans;

.8 operations of security equipment and systems;

.9 testing, calibration and whilst at sea maintenance of security equipment and systems;

.10 inspection, control, and monitoring techniques; and

.11 methods of physical searches of persons, personal effects, baggage, cargo, and ship’s stores.

13.4 All other shipboard personnel should have sufficient knowledge of and be familiar with relevant provisions of the SSP, including:

.1 the meaning and the consequential requirements of the different security levels;

.2 knowledge of the emergency procedures and contingency plans;

.3 recognition and detection of weapons, dangerous substances and devices;

.4 recognition, on a non discriminatory basis, of characteristics and behavioural patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security; and

.5 techniques used to circumvent security measures.

Drills and exercises

13. 5 The objective of drills and exercises is to ensure that shipboard personnel are proficient in all assigned security duties at all security levels and the identification of any security related deficiencies, which need to be addressed.

13.6 To ensure the effective implementation of the provisions of the ship security plan, drills should be conducted at least once every three months. In addition, in cases where more than 25 percent of the ship’s personnel has been changed, at any one time, with personnel that has not previously participated in any drill on that ship, within the last 3 months, a drill should be conducted within one week of the change. These drills should test individual elements of the plan such as those security threats listed in paragraph 8.9.

13.7 Various types of exercises which may include participation of company security officers, port facility security officers, relevant authorities of Contracting Governments as well as ship security officers, if available, should be carried out at least once each calendar year with no more than 18 months between the exercises. These exercises should test communications, coordination, resource availability, and response. These exercises may be:

.1 full scale or live;

.2 tabletop simulation or seminar; or

.3 combined with other exercises held such as search and rescue or emergency response exercises.

13.8 Company participation in an exercise with another Contracting Government should be recognized by the Administration.

Disclaimer: For general information purpose only - please check IMO ISPS Code - SOLAS Convention for the latest requirements and accurate info

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