There is great variety of work for the qualified Maritime Security Officer (MSO), with plenty of opportunity for travel and career development.
This is a recommended career path for military service leavers.
The right qualifications
You need professional qualifications to start your career as a maritime security officer. As of January 2012, all seafarers employed or engaged in security duties on ships required to comply with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code must hold a Certificate of Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (CPDSD.
The Flying Fish MSO course includes the essential training modules to get you qualified and ready for work in just two weeks. Flying Fish is approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to deliver the four elements of STCW 95 Basic Safety Training and the MCA-approved Ship Security Officer course. We deliver essential Anti-piracy training and the course also includes an RYA radio qualification, needed to operate the marine radio on board any vessel.
Ship Security Officer (SSO)
Each vessel has a designated SSO as part of its crew. The SSO is responsible for all ship security under the ISPS Code. However, most Maritime Security companies insist that all security personnel hold the SSO/CPDSD qualification, to ensure they have a full understanding of the security procedures on commercial vessels.
If you join Flying Fish with 12 months sea service in the Merchant Navy, Royal Navy or Royal Marines, you are eligible for the STCW Ship Security Officer certificate. Candidates without this pre-course experience will receive a Certificate of Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (CPDSD.) On completion of 12 months sea service you will be entitled to your SSO certificate.
Flying Fish trains you in Anti-piracy, including an overview of the current global situation with focus on the Gulf of Aden, nautical terminology, specialist equipment, familiarisation with standard crew organisation, techniques and tactics to counter specific threats.
All personnel working on vessels over 24m are required to undertake training in personal
STCW 95 Basic Safety Training is an MCA approved course that covers Personal Survival Techniques, Elementary First Aid, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities, Fire Prevention and Fighting.
The basics of VHF radio operation and radio etiquette at sea.
Other requirements include
Proof of of military service, a recent CRB check and an ENG1 medical.
We also recommend that your passport has adequate blank pages for visas and has at least 12 months remaining till expiration.
A yellow fever certificate may also be required.
What you'll earn
• The starting salary for an SSO is typically £50-70,000 per annum
or £200 to £250 per day
• Team Leaders can expect £300 day and will be in charge of a team of 3 or 4 officers
• Most contracts are yearly, with 6 weeks on/4 weeks off or 5 weeks on/3 weeks off
Top tips for the new MSO
• Before you start training, prepare a CV/resume with the qualifications you expect to
achieve and assemble all the documents mentioned above
• You need to be competent, safe and trained in the handling of weapons, ammunition
and security equipment to the highest professional standards
• You will need to demonstrate a sense of responsibility and the ability to apply good
• Emotional stability is essential as is the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
• Apply for jobs advertised on our website and start networking as soon as you begin