Maritime Security Awareness (MSA) San Diego, CA

This course is intended to provide the knowledge required for all personnel who are not assigned specific duties in connection with a security plan but are involved in the work of ports, facilities, and vessels, and are therefore affected by the requirements for security-related training as listed below. Those who successfully complete our USCG Approved Maritime Security Awareness (TRAINRL-561) course will satisfy:

  • The Security Awareness requirements of 46 CFR 12.627(a)(1); AND
  • The Security Awareness standards of competence required by STCW Code Section A-VI/6 paragraph 4 and Table A-VI/6-1, as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVIC 21-14(Ch-1).


Students should be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge to support the implementation of relevant maritime security plans. This knowledge shall include but is not limited to:

  • The meaning and the consequential requirements of the different security levels;
  • Knowledge of emergency procedures and contingency plans;
  • Recognition and detection of weapons, dangerous substances, and devices;
  • Recognition, on a non-discriminatory basis, of characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security;
  • Techniques used to circumvent security measures.


NOTE: THIS COURSE IS NOT VESSEL PERSONNEL WITH DESIGNATED SECURITY DUTIES (VPDSD). If you are looking for VPDSD endorsement, please see our full course list for the VPDSD course.