Proficiency In Designated Security Duties (PDSD)

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Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) is a course intended for all seafarers who have designated security duties onboard a vessel that is required to comply with ISPS (International Ship and Port Facilities Security). 

The prime objectives of this course are to understand: 

- Why security is important aboard a vessel and the roles of the various organisations and individuals involved; 
- What constitutes a threat, how to recognise it and what to do; 
- The formal procedures involved and the processes required; 
- What equipment can be used to assist in this task and how it can help us; 
- How to plan, prepare, monitor and carry out security duties. 

Course Information 
• This course has been approved by the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency and is internationally recognised. 
• The course lasts approximately 8 hours, though you are able to enter and exit the course as often as you require 
• You can complete the course content in your own time, wherever you are in the world 
• Bluewater ONE Account vouchers can be used to purchase this course

Duration details

8 Hours (approx.)


A multiple-choice assessment with a pass rate of 80% and three attempts at the exam before you must retake the course. The exam is in the Zoom format with an invigilator. We schedule 2 exams per week, on Mondays at 15.00CET and Fridays at 11.00CET

  • I have a sufficient level of spoken and written English to understand the course content and to pass any verbal or written assessments.
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