Merchant Vessels

VSOS provides security support services for merchant vessel operators. Our services include:

Maritime Security Teams

An onboard Maritime Security Team (armed/unarmed) is comprised of a number of security ship officers (SSO) and a special surveillance unit, equipped with means defined by VSOS risk assessment specialists

  • Coaching, training and specific equipment for master bridge crew and members of the surveillance team
  • Preparing the crew to respond effectively in critical situations
  • Training programs, covering STCW, SSO and ISPS code certification

Maritime Security Equipment

  • Our teams carry licensed firearms and Non Lethal Weapons (NLW) as required
  • Observation gear including day/night vision systems
  • Bridge security mission kit
  • Vessel security mission kit
  • First aid kits

Maritime Security Support

  • Offshore delivery of security personnel and equipment, supporting vessels anywhere and at any time, independent of port facilities
  • Ex-naval bridge officers are available for vessel delivery, transit and rescue missions
  • Consultancy, delivery and installation of security equipment
  • Storage and provision of security equipment on demand, supporting customers where and when needed

Operational Conduct

Our security teams embark and disembark at locations selected by the customer, with minimal disruption to the vessel’s schedule. Our teams come with all necessary equipment and are certified to carry licensed firearms. They also carry non-lethal weapons, and deploy with communications, observation and medical kits. Our security team maintains continuous watch and remains alert throughout the transit, supported by regular updates dispatched from our operations center and from local authorities providing early warning of possible threats.