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Why YOU should be completing the Proficiency in Security Awareness course

With the ever changing Superyacht environment, it is important to stay abreast of new legal requirements. Why? Because these requirements might just translate into a new mandatory course!

To clearly understand the impact of new regulations, such as the Proficiency in Security Awareness course (PSA) or Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) course, we first need to understand why it has been introduced.

The risk of Piracy attack has increased over the years, making Superyacht’s an attractive target. Staying safe at sea, is one of the most important aspects of Superyacht training. In comparison to larger commercial vessels, Superyacht’s have less crew and therefore do not have the luxury of relying on a specialised security team onboard.

Document MIN 472 from the MCA states:

“The STCW Convention and Code as amended by the Manila amendment (2010) (STCW) contains new requirements regarding security training. This training is required by all personnel employed or engaged onboard ships to which the ISPS Code applies. These Regulations came into force on 1 January 2012, however, Port State Control Officers have been requested by IMO not to enforce this regulation until 1 January 2014 provided that the vessel otherwise complies with the ISPS code.”

Guidance from the MCA is that, in the case of a security threat on a Superyacht, almost all crew members would have to carry out some form of security-related duty.

As a way to deter Pirates and protect the vessel and her crew, it has now become mandatory for all crew onboard ISPS compliant vessels (including Superyachts), to undergo security training in line with the STCW code.

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Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA)

Required by crew on ISPS compliant vessels (vessels of 500gt or more) whom do not have a designated security duty and don’t have security related training in line with the new STCW code, AND/OR vessels which carry 12 fare-paying passengers/guests.

Having this qualification means you are able to form part of a ships security plan which falls inline with the new STCW code amendments.

Topics covered:

  • The ISPS Code
  • Introduction to Maritime security
  • Key Threats
  • Plans, Policies & Procedures
  • Communication & Reporting

 

Duration: 1 day

Price: R 1 200.00

Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)

Required by crew on ISPS compliant vessels (vessels of 500gt or more) whom have a designated security duty and don’t have security related training in line with the new STCW code, AND/OR vessels which carry 12 fare-paying passengers/guests

Research done, in addition to guidance from the MCA, shows that many Captains & Yacht Management companies find it more beneficial for crew to gain the higher, Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) certification. For Superyacht Crew, this means you will not have to re-do / upgrade your security training if you are designated a security related duty down the line.

Course Outline (in accordance with the IMO and SAMSA Codes)

  • Module One: Maintain conditions set out in a Ship Security Plan
  • Module Two: Recognition of Security Risk and Threats
  • Module Three: Undertake Regular Security Inspections of the Ship
  • Module Four: Proper usage of Security Equipment and Systems, if any    

 

Duration: 2 days

Price: R 2500.00

Keep ahead of the pack and always try to gain a competitive edge by adding new / relevant courses to your portfolio.

About the Author

Conrad Callow is an ex-Superyacht Yachtie, RYA Powerboat Instructor & co-founder of Certified Superyacht Academy whom has been involved in training Superyacht Crew for the last 9 years. Certified is a well known Academy which was instrumental in developing the Superyacht Training Industry in South Africa.

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