Ship Safety Officer

This course is required for anyone taking up the role of a Safety Officer on board a ship, as defined in The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations 1997 (SI 1997 No. 2962) (the Regulations), which define a safety officer as “a person who has sufficient training and experience or knowledge and/or qualities, to enable him / her to properly undertake the duty imposed under the relevant provision in the regulations”. )


Most of the accidents at sea are due to Human Error. Human error can be reduced by proper training and motivation. Accidents mainly happen due to lack of management, taking shortcuts, complacency, attitudes, etc.

The responsibilities to avoid accidents flow from the top down; from the shore establishment to the Master, to each and every individual aboard. Safety awareness by all hands is the biggest single factor in reducing accidents.
The role of the Shipboard Safety Officer is to promote Safety Culture by training and motivating the crew.

It is the desire of every seafarer to work in a safe and healthy environment.
Neglecting safety not only endangers an individual’s life but also his colleagues. It can have serious implications on one’s health and the marine environment besides down time and financial losses.

Auditors, Port State Control Inspectors, Vetting Inspectors, lay a lot of emphasis on following correct safety procedures and practices. The Shipboard Safety Officer course has been designed with a view of training the designated safety officer in understanding the importance of running a safer and cleaner ship thus spreading safety awareness amongst fellow seafarers.

This course is based on the Guidelines given in the STCW Code 2010 Table A-II/2 & A-III/2 and IMO Model Course 3.11 (Marine Accident & Incident Investigation) and is intended to meet the requirements set out in The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations and the Code of Safe Working Practice for Merchant Seafarers (CoSWP).

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