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STCW – Designated Security Duties (DSD)

75,00 price includes VAT 24%

Course category: STCW Courses

Code: 1105

Who should attend: The course is open to all seafarers and prospective seafarers and should be completed prior to employment on a sea-going ship.

Objectives and Benefits: This course aims to provide the knowledge required for seafarers with designated security duties in connection with a Ship Security Plan (SSP) to perform their duties in accordance with the requirements of Chapter XI-2 of SOLAS 74 as amended, the ISPS Code, and section A-VI/6 of the STCW Code, as amended. Those who successfully complete the course should be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge to undertake the duties assigned under the SSP.


  1. Identify the current security threats and patterns.
  2. Recognize and detect weapons, dangerous substances and devices.
  3. Recognize, on a non-discriminatory basis, of characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security.
  4. Identify techniques used to circumvent security measures.
  5. Comprehend security-related communications.
  6. Comprehend the emergency procedures and contingency plans.
  7. Understand the operation of security equipment and systems.
  8. Identify the testing, calibration and at-sea maintenance of security equipment and systems.
  9. Recognize the inspection, control, and monitoring techniques.
  10. Comprehend the methods of physical searches of persons, personal effects, baggage, cargo, and ship stores.

Legislation & References:

IMO References

  1. International Maritime Organization. (2003). International Ship & Port Facility Security(ISPS) Code, 2003 and December 2002 Amendments to SOLAS. London: IMO. (IMO-I116E).
  2. SOLAS Chapter XI-1
  3. SOLAS Chapter XI-2
  4. ISPS Code Part A
  5. ISPS Code Part B
  6. International Labour Organization. Seafarers’ Hours of Work and the Manning of Ships Convention, 1996. (No. 180).
  7. International Labour Organization. Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention (Revised), 2003. (No. 185).
  8. International Maritime Organization. Seafarers’ Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code, 2010.
  9. STCW Code Section A-VI/6
  10. STCW Code Table A-VI/6-1
  11. STCW Code Table A-VI/6-2
  12. International Maritime Organization. (2009). “Guidance to Shipowners and Ship Operators, Shipmasters and Crews on Preventing and Suppressing Acts of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships.” MSC.1/Circ.1334


  • McNicholas, M. (2007). Maritime Security: An Introduction. Burlington: Butterworth- Heinemann

Duration: 10.5h

Available language: English

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