Vessel Security Officer (VSO)


QUALMI-573: Vessel Security Officer (VSO)


Course Description:

This Course Covers The Training Requirements For Vessel Security Officer Of Section A-VI/5 Of The STCW Code, As Amended; AND Satisfies The Training Requirements Of 33 CFR § 104.215(D)(Iv) For An STCW Endorsement As Vessel Security Officer.  Those Who Successfully Complete This Course Will Have Demonstrated Knowledge, Understanding, And Proficiency In The Following Competencies:

  1. Maintaining And Supervising The Implementation Of A Vessel Security Plan;
  2. Assessing Security Risk, Threat, And Vulnerability;
  3. Undertaking Regular Inspections Of The Vessel To Ensure That Appropriate Security Measures Are Implemented And Maintained;
  4. Ensuring That Security Equipment And Systems, If Any, Are Properly Operated, Tested, And Calibrated:
  5. Encouraging Security Awareness And Vigilance; And
  6. Ensuring Compliance With The TWIC Program Requirements.


Practical Assessment.

  1. Demonstrate The Ability To Assess Security Risk, Threats, And Vulnerability And Can Describe The Procedures And Develop The Necessary Check Lists To Carry Out The Following:
  2. Conduct Physical Searches.
  3. Conduct Non-Intrusive Inspections.
  4. Demonstrate The Knowledge And Ability To Implement In Accordance With A Vessel/Ship Security Plan The Security Actions Required To Reduce Vulnerability In Response To Increased Risk Or Threats To The Vessel.
  5. Demonstrate The Knowledge And Ability In Accordance With A Vessel/Ship Security Plan Correctly Complete A Security Incident Report In A Format That Transmits The Required Information.

Written Examination: There Is One 30 Question Written Examination Administered At The End Of The Course.  A Passing Score Is 21 Correct Answers Or 70%.

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