WMU approves and adopts SeaSecure course
The World Maritime University, in Malmo, Sweden, has approved and adopted a maritime security training program created by Fort Lauderdale, Fla. based SeaSecure LLC.
The president of SeaSecure, Kim E. Petersen, was the first to receive the news from the university, which is an arm of IMO, the UN's International Maritime Organization.
Petersen told a press conference that the training program is the first comprehensive maritime security-training program designed specifically for seaports and shipping companies to meet all the security training requirements that become mandatory after July 1, 2004 under the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, and the U.S. Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002.
The WMU, intends to use the 11-part training series as part of its graduate school curriculum.
The SeaSecure maritime security and antiterrorism training program is available on videocassettes or DVDs for use by students in a classroom or in the field, such as onboard a cargo or cruise ship, or at a distant port.
SeaSecure LLC codeveloped the 11-part training program with New Orleans based Moxie Media, one of the United States' largest producers and distributors of training and safety programs.
"As a result of the terror attacks of 9/11, the United Nations and the United States established requirements that all port and ship personnel receive specific maritime security training", Petersen said. "The extraordinary cost of sending such staff to distant learning centers, including academy fees, airfare, hotels, and time away from work, has been crippling. After receiving extensive input from government and maritime agencies, SeaSecure and Moxie Media have created a video training program that is easy to use, reasonably priced, and compliant with the requirements of the ISPS Code and the US MTSA. Of course, we are delighted and honored to have our product recognized and validated by the preeminent maritime learning institution in the world, the IMO's World Maritime University."
SeaSecure can also provide a comprehensive Facilitators Guide, including test questions and an answer key. The guide provides the course facilitator with the tools necessary to instruct, test, and score students on their comprehension of the maritime security curriculum. As an option, SeaSecure provides third-party certification of student test results. The cost for the entire series is $2,750, with individual programs available for purchase from $295 to $450 each. Yearly licensing options are available for companies or educational institutions requiring multiple sets.