Offshore Marine Security Ltd.

Suite 263
2 Lansdown Crescent
Bournemouth, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 08453665800



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Due to the number of redundancies from other companies we have been inundated with new employee requests !

For this reason we are not looking at interviewing for any further positions at present !

Becoming A Maritime Security Officer

Terrorism and maritime piracy is an ever-increasing risk to Shipping Companies. The Maritime Security Industry has grown rapidly since 2008 when pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden increased by 80%. As a result of this increase, security operators with a maritime pedigree and qualifications have enjoyed greater employment opportunities.


Many new Maritime Security Companies have been formed, resulting in opportunities for non-maritime security professionals to gain employment. It is essential that Security Operators without a maritime background and experience achieve the relevant qualifications before looking for a security career at sea.


Before being considered for maritime security work, operators must have the correct maritime and medical documentation, qualifications and licenses. A previous Military or Law Enforcement background alone is not sufficient and our operators must demonstrate a clear understanding and working knowledge of maritime operations. During our interview process knowledge and skills will be tested verbally and in a written competency based examination.


In an attempt to assist professional Security Operators in gaining employment within the Maritime Security Industry, we only accept as a minimum standard the following:


  1. STCW95 – Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping


The STCW 95 Code requires that you take this Basic Safety Training (BST) consisting of the following 4 modules:

  • Basic Firefighting,
  • Personal Survival,
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility,
  • Elementary First Aid.


  1. ENG1 Medical, Yellow Fever & Vaccinations

ENG1 Seafarers Medicals are the main medical fitness certification for those who work at sea. An MCA (Marine and Coastguard Agency) approved doctor is required to issue the ENG1 certificate after a full medical has taken place. For more information and locations of MCA approved Doctors can be found by clicking at: MCA


Operators immunized against yellow fever are issued with an internationally recognized vaccination certificate for inspection by immigration officials. The international health regulations concerning yellow fever are clear, and unvaccinated Operators will not be deployed.


It is the Operators responsibility to ensure they are up to date with all appropriate vaccinations and medications, which may include Malaria prophylaxis.


  1. References/Testimonials

Proof of Military or Police Service testimonials are required.  It is an industry requirement to have Character and Employment references.


  1. Seaman’s Card and Discharge Book

Seaman’s cards and discharge books are issued by the MCA for professional Seafarers working on UK Flag Ships. Discharge books show a record of your Maritime employment history. Seaman’s cards are proof of ID and can assist with travel and enhanced baggage allowance.


  1. Criminal Record Check

Maritime Security Companies are responsible for vetting all personnel; a current CRB check is required. Some criminal offences may affect applications.

For further information, click here: CRB Checks


  1. Maritime Security Operator (MSO)

The MSO course offered by various security companies and training providers is currently not accredited by the Government or Maritime Industry. However it is essential for Operators with no maritime background to hold this qualification. Many companies run their own MSO courses to ensure inexperienced Operators have a sound understanding of their SOP’s and anti-piracy procedures in line with BMP4. Companies will assess your experience and decide whether an MSO course is required. For further information click here:MSO Course


  1. Maritime Firearms Competency Course

Maritime Firearms Competency Courses offered by various security companies and training providers are currently not accredited by the Government or Maritime Industry. However, it is a requirement for Security Companies to ensure that Operators deployed on ships are fully competent with sufficient, current training in the use of their weapon systems. We insist that each contractor completes a Maritime Firearms comptency course at least annually. MFC Course


  1. ISPS SSO Qualification

The International Ship & Port Security code – Ship Security Officers course is not an anti-piracy course. SSO’s are permanent officers on a vessel, responsible for all ship security under the ISPS code. Security Companies require Operators to undertake SSO training in order that they have a working knowledge of the ISPS code and the responsibilities of the SSO. This will provide a better understanding of the ship’s security procedures and develop professional working relationships with the SSO and crew.

For further information click here: SSO Course


  1. Passports

It is advisable to have at least 12 months left on your passport prior to the expiry date, with adequate blank pages for visa’s.


If you do not have all of the above please do not contact us at this time.


If you would like more information about our courses please click here