New ISPS security courses - grandfathering for existing crew extended

Since we published our recent article on IMO urging Port State Control not to check compliance of new ISPS security courses until 1 July 2015, the MCA has now extended the deadline for existing crew with the relevant sea service to apply for a certificate of proficiency without the need for completing a course ('grandfathering').

Those who can provide documentary evidence of at least six months' sea service in any capacity in the five years prior to 1 January 2014 can apply for a Proficiency in Security Awareness.

Those who can provide documentary evidence of at least six months' sea service which has included security duties in the five years prior to 1 January 2014 can apply for a Proficiency in Designated Security Duties.

The documentary evidence of sea service may take the form of discharge book entries or sea service testimonials. Where applicable there must be a separate statement, on company headed paper, signed by the master or other company official, stating that the sea service included designated security duties.

The form can be downloaded from the MCA website.  The cost for issuing a certificate is £25.

Those who undertake the STCW basic safety training week at Warsash Superyacht Academy will be able to do the Proficiency in Security Awareness course during this week at no extra cost.

Relevant Marine Guidance Notes (MGN) and Marine Information Notes (MIN)

MIN 480 New Requirements for Security Training for Shipboard Personnel

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