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Ship Security Officer

Ship Security Officer

Many people believe that Hong Kong's maritime industry is declining without much prospect. Indeed, Hong Kong is no longer a fishing harbor, but it has become a popular entrepot, creating space for sustainable development of the international trade industry and maritime industry.

However, the polarization of the international community is worsening in recent years, with a rising number of terrorist attacks, illegal immigration and drug trafficking. Ships have become a tool for criminals to commit crimes. In 2004, the International Maritime Organization released the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, stipulating that companies engaged in international trade must appoint a Ship Security Officer (SSO) as well as a Company Security Officer (CSO) that is responsible for the security infrastructure on ships.

The security personnel of ships is responsible for preventing hazardous goods and unauthorized persons from boarding, managing the security alert system and taking care of security infrastructure. The SSO also need to assist traders, maritime consultancies, shipping agencies and management companies in ensuring safety of navigation.


The Marine Department (MD) launched thematic webpages on “Maritime Industry” to introduce the maritime industry and encourage aspiring talents to join and become maritime professionals.

The contents of the thematic webpages include the differences between the deck crew and the engineering crew; the development ladders for the deck crew  and  engineering  crew  in  local  vessels,  river trade vessels and seagoing  vessels and the career paths for local pleasure vessel operators. The webpages also provide information on the posts and vacancies in the MD, with description of the job duties and entry requirements of the respective posts etc.

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