Training and Drills Required by the Ship Security Plan

After successfully completing this
lesson you will be familiar with the training and drills required by the ship
security plan ships personnel already have designated
positions and duties in the event of shipboard emergencies such as fire
abandoned ship or pollution the ship security plan provides for equivalent
security duties as well examples of these duties are inspection control and
monitoring of restricted areas inspection control and monitoring of key
shipboard operations inspection control and monitoring of visitors onboard
detection and identification of weapons and other dangerous substances and
devices onboard operation of security equipment physical search methods of
persons baggage cargo and ship’s stores when signing on you will be informed
about your security duties to be able to effectively perform your
security duties training and drills are essential at least once every three
months or where more than 25% of the ship’s personnel has been changed at any
one time with personnel that have not previously participated in any drill on
that ship within the last three months a drill should be conducted within one
week of the change the ship security officer in compliance with the policies
set by the company security officer is responsible for implementing a training
schedule on board who will provide adequate and proper security training
for shipboard personnel security equipment varies in design from ship to
ship it is important that you receive proper training on how to operate the
specific security equipment on your ship such equipment might include padlocks
for securing restricted areas passes for visitors onboard closed-circuit
television for monitoring restricted areas x-ray machines for inspection of
luggage and stores the ship security plan must contain contingency measures
and standard operating procedures for different security threats on receipt of
a bomb threat against the vessel the applicable procedures in the ship
security plan must be followed these must include assigning personnel to
search designated areas of the ship outlining what to do if a suspicious
package is found since terrorists can disguise a bomb in many different ways
it is almost impossible to know what to look for therefore you should not be
looking for a bomb but rather anything irregular or suspicious anything that
does not fit in when searching for a bomb follow the rule eyes not hands as
touching a bomb may cause it to detonate the response on locating a bomb or
suspicious object will depend on the equipment onboard your ship some vessels
have the likes of blast suppression blankets but most will have to seek
specialist advice from a competent shore thority further
details can be found in the ship security plan if a ship is in port and
the bomb warning is received the master the ship’s security officer and the port
security officials will EA’s arrive at a collective decision and initiate
appropriate action options may include evacuation of the ship or removal of the
vessel to an anchorage each case will be evaluated on the prevailing
circumstances and the nature of the threat if it is required to evacuate the
ship as a result of a bomb threat or similar terrorist act this should be
done in accordance with the procedure outlined in the ship security plan this
includes information on where to muster after the evacuation which way to leave
the vessel and what to take with you if your ship is approached by a small
vessel which does not identify itself it could be carrying terrorists or pirates
it is preferable to stop them getting on board if at all possible and
high-pressure fire hoses directed from the deck can be an effective deterrent a
ship with a high free board may be able to prevent boarding simply by speed or
sharp maneuver if your vessel is about to enter an area known for terrorist or
pirate activity there are a number of basic precautions that can be taken
these are outlined in your ship security plan and may include if possible only
transit this area during daylight if transiting during hours of darkness keep
all deck lights and floodlights switched on consistent with safe navigation
transit with maximum safe speed post an extra lookout on the bridge and increase
radar surveillance post additional personnel both as extra lookouts in
other areas and to make rounds have fire hoses pressurized ready around the
ship’s side if pirates or terrorists board your ship at sea follow the
applicable procedures as outlined in the ship security plan these may include
raise the general alarm activate the ship security alert system
do not confront the boarders wait for outside

Norman Bunn

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