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Witt O’Brien’s offers ISPS and U.S. Coast Guard compliant Facility Security Officer (FSO) training, led by Certified Maritime Security Instructors at our Houston office or at your facility. This 22-hour class meets the requirements of 33 CFR 105 (MTSA) for FSO training and includes the following topics:

  • Security organization of the facility;
  • General vessel and facility operations and conditions;
  • Vessel and facility security measures, including the meaning and the requirements of the different MARSEC Levels;
  • Emergency preparedness, response, and contingency planning;
  • Security equipment and systems, and their operational limitations; and
  • Methods of conducting audits, inspections, control, and monitoring techniques.
  • Relevant international laws and codes, and recommendations;
  • Relevant government legislation and regulations;
  • Responsibilities and functions of local, State, and Federal law enforcement agencies;
  • Security assessment methodology;
  • Methods of facility security surveys and inspections;
  • Instruction techniques for security training and education, including security measures and procedures;
  • Handling sensitive security information and security related communications;
  • Current security threats and patterns;
  • Recognizing and detecting dangerous substances and devices;
  • Recognizing characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security;
  • Techniques used to circumvent security measures;
  • Conducting physical searches and nonintrusive inspections;
  • Conducting security drills and exercises, including exercises with vessels; and
  • Assessing security drills and exercises.
  • Gain knowledge of TWIC requirements;
  • Ensure that the Facility Security Assessment (FSA) is conducted;
  • Ensure the development and implementation of a FSP;
  • Ensure that an annual audit is conducted, and if necessary that the FSA and FSP are updated;
  • Ensure the FSP is exercised per 33 CFR 105.220;
  • Ensure that regular security inspections of the facility are conducted;
  • Ensure the security awareness and vigilance of the facility personnel;
  • Ensure adequate training to personnel performing facility security duties;
  • Ensure that occurrences that threaten the security of the facility are recorded and reported to the owner or operator;
  • Ensure the maintenance of records required by this part;
  • Ensure the preparation and the submission of any reports as required by this part;
  • Ensure the execution of any required Declarations of Security with Masters, Vessel Security Officers or their designated representatives;
  • Ensure the coordination of security services in accordance with the approved FSP;
  • Ensure that security equipment is properly operated, tested, calibrated, and maintained;
  • Ensure the recording and reporting of attainment changes in MARSEC Levels to the owner or operator and the cognizant COTP;
  • When requested, ensure that the Vessel Security Officers receive assistance in confirming the identity of visitors and service providers seeking to board the vessel through the facility;
  • Ensure notification, as soon as possible, to law enforcement personnel and other emergency responders to permit a timely response to any transportation security incident;
  • Ensure that the FSP is submitted to the cognizant COTP for approval, as well as any plans to change the facility or facility infrastructure prior to amending the FSP; and
  • Ensure that all facility personnel are briefed of changes in security conditions at the facility.
  • Ensure the TWIC program is being properly implemented.

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Additional training modules for FSOs at facilities handling Certain Dangerous Cargoes, barge fleeting, ferry terminals, and for Company Security Officers (required under 33 CFR 106) are also available.

The training has been delayed due to COVID-19. More information on upcoming training dates is forthcoming.

Contact our Senior Security Specialist, Ric Walters, at cwalters@wittobriens.com or +1-281-606-4725 for more information.