MPS - Being There When They're Needed… Again!

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Just in time, Maritime Protective Services (MPS) has scheduled 2 more opportunities to attend their unique updated Combo Course - April 21-24, and June 2-5. This Course combines the best of their successful maritime security courses for Port and Facility Security Officers and Company and Ship Security Officers that they have been offering since 2004.

Just over a month ago, Maritime Protective Services (MPS) sent out this message: Vessel Security Officer Endorsement Added To STCW-95 Certificate and explained that the U.S. Coast Guard had implemented a new rule requiring all Vessel Security Officer (VSO) designees (also, referred to as Ship Security Officer or SSO) on vessels, subject to the STCW Convention, to have a one-time VSO endorsement, on their STCW Certificate by July 1, 2009. After July 1, 2009, candidates for a first-time VSO endorsement will be required to take a two-day Coast Guard-accepted or MARAD-approved Vessel Security Officer Course.

They also informed readers that: all those individuals, who successfully completed the Maritime Protective Services (MPS) Vessel, Company, and Facility Security Officer (Combo) course, or its predecessor, the MPS Security Officer: Ship (SSO) course, have satisfied the certified training requirement - of this new regulation, and should prepare their submission and process it prior to the implementation date of the rule - June 19, 2008.

And, they offered some assistance - in so much as the course completion certificate from the MPS (either the VSO from September 26, 2008 - to date, or the Combo from February 13, 2006 - to date) is sufficient evidence for obtaining the endorsement. MPS has been and will continue to be an "approved provider" and, in the event that a certificate is needed, replacements can be provided (contact: D. Whalley at 561-330-2020).

Now, here's today's "good news". MPS has scheduled two more opportunities to attend their unique updated Combo Course -- April 21-24, and June 2-5, and encouraged calling today particulars, as space is limited. This Course combines the best of their successful maritime security courses for Port and Facility Security Officers and Company and Ship Security Officers that they have been offering since 2004. While this course provides a regulatory overview of maritime security requirements applicable to ship, company, and (port) facility security officers, its main purpose is to impart state-of-the-art information, techniques, and tools for the constant development and implementation of efficient and compliant maritime security. Here in the U.S., requirements of USCG regulations are emphasized and supplemented with those of the ISPS Code, where differences exist.

The important message here simple: By attending one of MPS's upcoming courses and successfully completing it… taking care of the VSO endorsement will be as easy as: completing the application (which they will give you); Making a copy of the certificate and either mailing, faxing or sending them by messenger to a local regional exam center (REC); however due to centralization, the application and certificate will be processed and printed in West Virginia, at the National Maritime Center (NMC). They'll process and reissue the STCW-95 certificate, with the security endorsement, at no charge.

If there are any questions, or more information is needed, or some assistance with Maritime Security matters, Call MPS, "that's why they're there here and that's what they do."

More about MPS:
MPS specializes in US and international maritime security regulatory compliance consulting and training. They have earned the coveted designation of Recognized Security Organization (RSO) under the ISPS Code from three countries (Greece, Malta, and Nigeria). MPS has been audited by Bureau Veritas, a leading classification society in the maritime industry, and has been approved and registered as a Maritime Security Consultant for the ISPS Code. Their MTSA and ISPS Code training courses for maritime security officers have been approved and certified by agencies of the US and UK governments and, uniquely, earn attendees Continuing Education Units through our strategic alliance with Florida Institute of Technology, a university recognized worldwide for its leadership and innovation in technical education.

MPS has developed ISPS compliant security plans for port facilities and ships around the world, as well as MTSA compliant security plans in the United States. We have conducted security audits and led mandatory drills and exercises for a variety of clients. One measure of our adaptability is our development of specialized training for groups ranging from senior management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, to police in the United Kingdom, to waterborne security personnel at Bath Iron Works.

Our experts have extensive maritime security experience and come from backgrounds in the military, including Special Forces, the U.S. Coast Guard, and law enforcement. MPS staff includes certified ISPS Code auditors, certified Ship, Company, and Port Facility Security Officers, and individuals who have been recognized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and are now registered on the IMO Panel of Experts. The IMO has repeatedly tapped our personnel to conduct its "national needs" assessments of various countries' ISPS Code implementation programs, as well as to train local ISPS Code course instructors to IMO standards.

To learn more about MPS, the company, its programs and its services, visit their website at http://www.mpsint.com, or contact them by calling: U.S. 1-561-330-2020.

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