Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD) (VSPSD) (PDSD)
Course 567

MPT is the most complete full service private maritime school in the country and has been training mariners since 1983. Our Fort Lauderdale based campuses host over 45,000 square feet of classrooms, deck and engineering training labs, the Ship's Store, and student service facilities.

Course Description

This Maritime Security course is for all seafarers that have security duties as part of their job. The course is 8 hours in length and is typically offered in one day. This fulfills the STCW as amended requirement for VSPSD in accordance with STCW VI/6 for vessel security for personnel with security duties. If you are a Ship Security Officer please see course #171. This class often runs until 1800 (6pm).

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Overview: Vessel Security for Personnel with Security Duties (VSPSD) is 1-day course.


 Has successfully completed Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD) (MARTPT-747) course satisfying:


  • The VPDSD training requirements of 46 CFR 12.625(a)(1); AND
  • The VPDSD standards of competence required by STCW Code Section A-VI/6 paragraph 6 and Table A-VI/6-2, as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVIC 21-14.


This course is accepted by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) UK and the Marshall Islands and includes.

Course Length: 8hrs

Course Objectives: The Vessel Security for Personnel with Security Duties (VSPSD) course is an instructor-led course and will cover the following:

  • Knowledge of current security threats and patterns
  • Recognition and detection of dangerous substances and devices
  • Recognition of characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security
  • Techniques used to circumvent security measures
  • Crowd management and control techniques
  • Security-related communications
  • Knowledge of emergency procedures and contingency plans
  • Operation of security equipment and systems
  • Testing, calibration, and maintenance of security equipment and systems, both ashore and at sea
  • Inspection, control, and monitoring techniques
  • Relevant provisions of the Vessel Security Plan (VSP)
  • Methods of physical screening of persons, personal effects, baggage, cargo, and vessel stores
  • The meaning and the consequential requirements of the different MARSEC Levels
  • Familiarity with all relevant aspects of the TWIC program and how to carry them out

1 day class in Fort Lauderdale