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Maritime Security Awareness Training Course


Stories about pirate attacks, terrorism, stowaways, drug and gun smuggling and organised crime are all too common these days, but most of us think that it will never happen to us. The majority of people trust to luck that they will be able to do their job and get home safely to home and family. However, experience shows that maritime security is not simply a matter of luck - risks to life, ships, colleagues and passengers can be significantly reduced through knowledge, awareness and understanding, and by knowing what to look for, and most importantly, knowing how to deal with problems if they arise.

Who the course is designed for

Seafarers of all ranks, whether or not they have designated security duties in the Ship Security Plan.

Course pre-requisites

There are no specific course pre-requisites.

Course objectives

  • To provide a general introduction to maritime security and raise awareness of security issues when alongside, at anchor and at sea.
  • Recognition of security threats.
  • To enable all seafarers to meet the minimum standard of competence in security awareness outlined in the ISPS Code and the STCW Convention Table A-VI/6-1 and the IMO Model Course 3.27.

Course outcomes

  • On successful completion of the course, candidates will have a good awareness of maritime security and be more aware of issues involving security when alongside, at anchor and at sea.
  • It will equip all seafarers with minimum standard competence in security awareness as outlined in the ISPS Code, the STCW Convention and IMO Model Course 3.27.


The course consists of:
Five modules
Tests after each module and a final test

Module Contents

  • MODULE 1 Introduction to Maritime Security
  • MODULE 2 Key Threats
  • MODULE 3 What Am I Looking For?
  • MODULE 4 Plans, Policies and Procedures
  • MODULE 5 Communication and Reporting

Regulations addressed

The ISPS Code, STCW Table A-VI/6-1.

Course duration

It is estimated that 4 Guided Learning Hours (GLHs) are required to complete the course. GLHs include the time needed to follow the programme on the computer, plus time needed for additional reading and research as well as the time needed to complete the assessments.


There is a multi-choice on-screen test to complete at the end of each section, and a final test.

A certificate will be issued by Videotel for such work if it is of the required standard and the Final Test is authenticated.'Authentication' should be understood as: This should be a Master or a Chief Engineer onboard or a senior representative of a registered shipping company involved in ship manning or ship management activities. There is no extra charge for this. For further information contact Videotel.

Mode of delivery

This course is delivered using interactive Computer Based Training (CBT). Students follow easy on-screen instructions to progress through the course. The program contains text with (optional) English language voiceover, still photographs, video clips and animations.


A candidate who would like to gain a certificate must first enrol with Videotel. The candidate will need to submit all the necessary documentation and meet the minimum criteria in assessment.

Make sure that you contact Videotel at the outset to find out the enrolment and certification process by e-mail to courses@videotel.com


For an up-to-date list of Flag State approvals, please refer to Videotel website at www.videotel.com

Produced with the assistance of:

  • Bahamas Maritime Authority
  • Bernhard Schulte
  • BW Shipping
  • International Chamber of Shipping
  • International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • Louis Dreyfus Armateurs
  • Meridian Marine Management
  • Princess Cruises
  • Shell
  • SMC Marine Services
  • Vela
  • Maersk Tankers
  • European Union Naval Force
  • (EU NAVFOR) Somalia