Maritime training provider Videotel Marine International
launched Shipboard Security, a distance learning course
association with The West of England Ship Owners Insurance Services.
Shipboard Security is specially designed for training Ship Security Officers
in accordance with the new SOLAS Chapter XI-2 "International Ship and Port
Facility Security (ISPS) Code".
"Under the ISPS code every vessel over 500 gt and trading internationally is
required to have a trained Ship Security Officer onboard," says Videotel's
deputy managing director Chris Haughton. "Videotel and the West of England
have been working closely with the International Maritime Organization
(IMO), United States Coast Guard (USCG), other prominent industry bodies and
leading shipping companies in order to develop the Shipboard Security
training course to help the maritime industry meet these new training
requirements in an efficient and cost-effective way. The Shipboard Security
training course enables shipowners to demonstrate that they are meeting
their security responsibilities and the mandatory requirements set out in
the ISPS Code."
Shipboard Security ensures
the Ship Security Officer is trained in all
aspects of security by implementing the security plan for their
vessel and disseminate security information to the crew. Shipboard Security
also addresses the vital interaction between the ship, the Company Security
Officer and the Port Facility Security Officers. The course is in the form
of a printed guidebook, supported by a training video, or a DVD disk if
preferred. Alternatively an interactive CD-ROM is available which features
on-screen assessment and testing capabilities.