What is CSO (Company security officer) and its duties ?

  • Advising the level of threats likely to be encountered by the ship, using appropriate security assessments and other relevant information;
  • Ensuring that ship security assessments are carried out;
  • Ensuring the development, the submission for approval, and thereafter the implementation and maintenance of the ship security plan;
  • Ensuring that the ship security plan is modified, as appropriate, to correct deficiencies and satisfy the security requirements of the individual ship;
  • Arranging for internal audits and reviews of security activities;
  • Arranging for the initial and subsequent verifications of the ship by the Administration or the recognized security organization;
  • Ensuring that deficiencies and non-conformities identified during internal audits, periodic reviews, security inspections and verifications of compliance are promptly addressed and dealt with;
  • Enhancing security awareness and vigilance;
  • Ensuring adequate training for personnel responsible for the security of the ship;
  • Ensuring effective communication and co-operation between the ship security officer and the relevant port facility security officers;
  • Ensuring consistency between security requirements and safety requirements;
  • Ensuring that, if sister-ship or fleet security plans are used, the plan for each ship reflects the ship-specific information accurately; and
  • Ensuring that any alternative or equivalent arrangements approved for a particular ship or group of ships are implemented and maintained.


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