An online security course from maritime training institute Rood Boven Groen is offered for merchant and passenger ships, and conforming to the STCW, as amended.


Security course for seafarers

This security course is a requirement for all seafarers employed or engaged in any capacity on board a ship required to comply with the stipulations of the ISPS Code (>500GT and passenger ships). Rood Boven Groen strives to ensure the security course enables seafarers to contribute to the enhancement of maritime security through increased awareness, and the ability to recognise and respond adequately to security threats.


STCW security course; what is it?

The Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate (NSI) and the Dutch government approve Rood Boven Groen’s STCW security course. The NSI is responsible for the control and supervision of maritime training providers. The guidelines under which the NSI operates were drawn up by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) at the STCW Convention, an international treaty on the minimum requirements that seafarers on professional and commercial ships must meet in terms of training, certification and watchkeeping.


Online security course from Rood Boven Groen

By taking the security course online, you are in complete control. With an online security course, you can acquire theoretical knowledge in your own environment and at a time and pace that suits you. When you feel ready, you can take the exam online. Internet connection and a PC, laptop or I-pad are needed for the training course. When a shipowner orders more than one training course, it is also possible to follow the training course offline.

The training fits easily around other work and personal commitments. You can tailor the training to suit your needs by spending more or less time on certain topics. The exam can be taken when you are ready, increasing your chances of passing. Taking an online training course has sustainable value, because it has a smaller carbon footprint than location-based training.


Rood Boven Groen offers the following STCW security courses online:

  • Security Awareness training, for All Seafarers;
  • Security Training for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties;
  • Company Security Officer;
  • Security Awareness Training for Port Facility Personnel;
  • Security Awareness for Port Facility Personnel with Designated Security Duties.

Alongside our security courses, we also offer safety courses. View all STCW training courses offered by Rood Boven Groen.


Security course for cyber security

By infecting the computers of maritime organisations that are in direct contact with ships, criminals can wreak havoc with shipping traffic and even use ships as weapons to cause chaos and destruction at ports. Shipping carries the bulk of the fuels, raw materials and goods on which the world economy runs. 90% of world trade takes place by sea. Some fifty thousand ocean-going vessels operate for this purpose, registered in more than 150 countries and manned by more than a million seafarers of many nationalities.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is responsible for international regulation for shipping at sea and indicates that the member states (including the Netherlands) are obliged to address cyber risks in the Safety Management System (SMS) of a ship. These should then be included by the flag state in the first annual audit of the shipping company’s Document of Compliance (DOC) after 1 January 2021. Rood Boven Groen has developed its own tool to test your knowledge of Cyber Security. You can view the tool here. This online assessment helps create awareness of cyber security.


Expanding our security course offering

Rood Boven Groen is constantly expanding and developing the training it offers. Quality is of the utmost importance; training courses are created by expert seafarers for seafarers and are adapted, as necessary, in accordance with regulation changes.



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