Introduction to ISPS/Security Management Courses

The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code is an amendment to the International Convention of Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS on minimum security arrangements required for ships, ports and government agencies, which came into force in 2004.

The ISPS Code prescribes responsibilities to governments, shipping companies, ship’s personnel, and port/facility staff to “detect security threats and take preventative measures against security incidents affecting ships or port facilities used in international trade.”

The ISPS Code applies to the following types of ships engaged on international voyages:

  • Passenger ships, including high-speed passenger craft
  • Cargo ships, including high-speed craft, of 500 gross tonnage and upwards
  • Mobile offshore drilling units
  • Port facilities serving such ships engaged on international voyages

The main objectives of the ISPS Code are:

  • To detect security threats and implement security measures
  • To establish roles and responsibilities concerning maritime security for governments, local administrations, ship and port industries at the national and international level
  • To collate and promulgate security-related information
  • To provide a methodology for security assessments so as to have in place plans and procedures to react to changing security levels

ChartCo Training & Consultancy is pleased to offer industry professionals a range of continuing professional development (CPD) courses related to the ISPS Code and wider security management issues, as follows:

Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA)

Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)

Ship Security Officer (SSO)

Company Security Officer (CSO) – Top-up Route

Company Security Officer (CSO)

Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO)

Course availability

The individual course information pages detail course availability for open attendance courses. However, these courses can also be delivered as dedicated company-only courses, upon request.

Consultancy Options

ChartCo Training & Consultancy is also able to assist clients with a range of consultancy services related to the ISPS Code. For further information, please select the appropriate link below:

Internal ISPS Audit (Ship)

Internal ISPS Audit (Yacht)

ISPS Audit (Management Level)

ISPS Assessment and Plan Development