Port Facility Security Officer

Course Title

Port Facility Security Officer

Course duration and timing

24 hours, divided in 3 days

Learning outcomes

Receive a full and comprehensive training on all issues related to the ISPS Code Part A and B, in particular regarding Port-facilities.

Acquire the necessary and adequate knowledge to perform a Port-facility security assessment in complete autonomy and, on the basis of its findings, draw up the “Port Faclity Security Plan”.

Obtain the professional qualification in compliance with the training requirements for the Port Facility Security Officer as required by the ISPS Code (Part A and B) and the PNSM.


During the three days of work will be illustrated, with theoretical presentations and practical exercises, the main topics listed below:

  • main international regulations
  • ISPS Code
  • interface between ship and port
  • roles and responsibilities
  • documentation to be produced
  • risk analysis
  • analysis of equipment in common use for the prevention of threats
  • security procedures to be adopted according to specific threats
  • methodology to develop a “Port Facility Security Assessment”:

-           analysis of the possible threats to the port facility operations

-         evaluation of the consequences

-         possible countermeasures to minimize the vulnerabilities of the port facility

  • illustration of some examples of port facilities security plans in order to give the students bases to be able to develop or improve in practice this document
  • description of the methods to manage emergencies, conducting researches, audit and inspection of the port facilities to ensure compliance with the requirements of the ISPS Code and then be ready for certification by the Designated Authority
  • practical exercises to give students a more detailed familiarization with illustrated and discussed cases
  • final examination

Target Group for the Course

Responsible for the security of the Port Authotity; Masters who intend to enter deeply into the port facilities security issues; personnel who will be Port Faclity Security Officer; security staff members in the port facilities, personnel to operate under the new ISPS regulations ashore; all personnel who intend to partecipate developing and improving the port facility security system, under the provisions of the law, through the Port Facility Security Assessment and drawing up of the Port Facility Security Plan.

Rules and standards

STCW – ISPS Code – PNSM – National and international law of reference – IMO Model Course 3.21 – MSC.1/Circ.1188 del May 22nd, 2006 – MIT e MARICOGECAP circulars (see RGQ archive)

Course site

Tema Safety & Training S.R.L. Training Centre
Via della Transumanza n. 5/C – 74123 Contrada Carmine (Taranto) – ITALY
Tel. +39.0994725898 Fax +39.0994725690 web: www.temasafety.com mail: info@academytst.com
Classrooms n. 1,2,3,4,5 on the first floor at the Training Center

Course Director

Caterina LA NEVE

Course Deputy Director

Ing. Davide Giuseppe FARILLA
  • The training materials to support the teaching, audiovisual equipment and reference books are in accordance with the File n.6 of the PNSM.

Teaching staff

Com. te PETRERA Rocco – Com. te LA FORGIA Saverio – Com. te CORMIO Carlo

Competent coordinating personnel:

Sig.ra LA NEVE Caterina – Sig. ANDRENUCCI Romualdo

Board of examiners

Local Board of Examiners nominated by the Designated Authority  and composed of experts on Maritime Security.

Certificate issued

At the end of the training course, student will receive a certificate according to the requirements of the ISPS Code (Part A and B) and PNSM for the Port Facility Security Officer role, if he will pass  the examination in the presence of an officer of the Maritime Authority.