UK DfT-Accredited Port Facility Security Officer



To equip personnel who are appointed as Port Facility Security Officers to undertake their role in accordance with the ISPS code and to achieve qualification for Maritime and Transport Security (MTS) Division compliance.


Who is this for?

Those appointed as PFSOs, those who may be required to deputise as a PFSO and managers who have responsibility for Port Facility Security Officers (desirable).

Outline content

  • Threats to the maritime industry
  • The impact of terrorism on legislation
  • ISPS code & amendments to SOLAS
  • National and EU legislation
  • Principles of security, Port security organisation
  • Responsibilities of the PFSO, CSO, SSO
  • Port Facility Security Assessment, process and plans
  • The Declaration of Security
  • Terrorist weapons & characteristics
  • Access, Screening & Search Procedures
  • Security & Surveillance Equipment
  • Security Records & Documentation
  • Training Requirements
  • Port-Ship Interface (Documentation)
  • Circumventing Security Measures

At the end of the course you should be able to:

  1. Explain the roles and responsibilities of a Port Facility Security Officer
  2. Apply the principles of undertaking a security risk assessment
  3. Identify the security threats to the industry
  4. Outline the relevant national and international legislation and regulations
  5. Produce a port facility security plan and undertake port facility security assessments
  6. Explain ship security measures

In-house training

F2F (3 days)

What prior study is recommended?

Knowledge of the ISPS code.

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