Online ISPS Maritime Security courses

1. For all seafarers


Shipping has always, since the very beginning, been the target of:

Piracy always has been a real problem for shipping. Every year, pirates are still climbing on board vessels. In some cases, they «only» take cash money and valuables, but in some other cases, it is the entire vessel that is hijacked. Ransoms are demanded for the ship and the crew.

In 1992, the IMO and the IMB in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, opened an information centre (the Piracy Centre) which records attacks and gives advices to the shipowners on an eventual extra protection during the trip.

In 2019 piracy in the Gulf of Aden appears to be under control.
Nevertheless, sailing through the area still requires that shipowners take maximum security measures even the use armed guards and the support of international navy protection. This naval presence has largely prevented more attacks over the past years.

In West Africa, the Gulf of Guinea however became prime piracy hotspot… All vessels calling ports in the West African region between Ivory Coast and the Congo river are at risk to various levels of serious crime. Security issues very regularly involve stowaways and robberies and, mainly as far as the Nigerian coast is concerned, also the hijacking of vessels and kidnapping of crew.

Other areas where piracy still lingers on are the northern coastal parts of the Gulf of Bengal and the southern Philippines.


Robbery onboard is a recurrent phenomenon. Targets are nautical equipment (paint, cables, wires, spare parts, etc.). Sometimes, some port facilities are ‘famous’ for robbery in their installations (grass huts!).

In 2019 this risk is greatest in the following areas:

  • Caribbean:
    • Mexico, Venezuela
  • South America:
    • Peru, Brazil
  • West Africa:
    • Gulf of Guinea (from Liberia to Angola)
  • East Africa:
    • Northern Mozambique, Kenya
  • South East Asia:
    • Malaysia (all areas),
    • Singapore (anchoring areas),
    • Indonesia (Sumatra’s east coast, eastern and western Kalimantan)
    • the southern Philippines


The threats to International Shipping may, besides the structural maritime measures like anti boarding systems, armed guards on board, and even naval assistance, can create an urgent need of information and forming of seafarers to prepare them for the challenges of passing through a high risk area.

LEYSSENS SECURITY gcv has developed online courses for Maritime security. Those courses give the opportunity to deal with instant necessities for different courses in the field of Maritime security wherever the ship is situated in the world and whenever needed. Wherever there is internet connection the courses can be organised. All you need is internet, a laptop, pen and paper.

LEYSSENS SECURITY gcv presents the following online courses for the International Maritime community:

  • Company Security Officer (CSO) (Model Course 3.20 IMO). (Included the Best Management practices to deter Piracy) (1490 €)
  • Security Training for Seafarers with designated security duties (Model Course 3.26 IMO) (Included the Best Management practices to deter Piracy) (800€)
  • Security Awareness for all Seafarers (Model Course 3.27 IMO) (400€)

All courses follow the standards of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) with the possibility of obtaining an international recognised certificate.

2. For All Port Facility personnel

LEYSSENS SECURITY gcv presents the possibility to complete the ISPS forming of all Port Facility personal avoiding the restrictions of the Covid19 pandemic by online courses off:

  • Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) (Model course 3.21 IMO) (1490 €)
  • Security Awareness training for Port Facility personnel with designated security duties (Model course 3.24 IMO) (800 €)
  • Security awareness for all Port Facility personnel (Model course 3.25 IMO) (400 €)

All the courses follow the standards of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) with the possibility of obtaining an international recognised certificate.