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Counter Piracy/Anti-Piracy Training Programs

Piracy is an act of robbery or criminal violence at sea.  Piracy against transport vessels remains a significant issue (with estimated worldwide losses of US$13 to $16 billion per year), particularly in the waters between the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, off the Somali coast, West Africa and also in the Strait of Malacca and Singapore, which are used by over 50,000 commercial ships a year.

The International Maritime Law Enforcement Academy provides many different effective solutions to combat piracy which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Armed Ship Boarding Training

  • Hostage negotiation

  • Vessel tracking

  • Hot zone identification

  • Non-lethal devices and technologies to combat pirates at sea

  • Innovative techniques and concepts

  • Route planning

  • Long range identification

  • Specialized anti-piracy programs for safety of crew

  • Training programs for tactical response

  • Training programs for defense of crew and vessel

Counter Piracy Operations Training


The International Maritime Law Enforcement Academy offers this Counter-Piracy training program for corporations that desire to field counter piracy operators that understand and can work effectively in the merchant marine environment.  This program will satisfy STCW95 requirements, and certify the operators as vessel security officers through the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies, and in Maritime Domain Awareness training through the MARAD certified program PortTraining.  The operators will receive advanced training in use of force, judgmental shooting, and specialized classes in working effectively with Captains and Crews aboard commercial vessels.

Training will be established as Level II, for Basic Operators which meets minimum requirements for deployment, and Level I which is designed for the potential Team Leader and carries a Vessel Security Officer Certification and team management training portion in addition to the Level II course. The Academy believes that with the support of the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies, and given they are the AFL-CIO non-profit training center for the U.S. Merchant Marine Industry, that DHS/MARAD/FSU/NMLEA Certified training offered under PortTraining portions of the course, that there is no more professional and effective training in the industry.

LEVEL 2 COURSE       (Counter Piracy Training Certification)

General Operator STCW-95 program.  This 5-day, 40-hour course of instruction is designed to provide instruction and proficiency to meet with the mandatory minimum requirements for knowledge, understanding and proficiency in Table A-VI/5 and all requirements for the STCW95 Code.

PREREQUISITE: PortTraining Online Course - Maritime Security Awareness (MSA)


LEVEL 1 COURSE       (Team Leader Certification Program)


The Level 1 course includes all of the Level 2 and VSO course level training in addition to leadership training development and related program course training.

PREREQUISITE: PortTraining Online Course - Maritime Security Awareness (MSA)


Costs for both courses include all housing accommodations, meals, training materials, recreation & fitness facility and the After Hours Lounge.  Attendees will be housed at the beautiful Conference Center at the Maritime Institute.  Transportation is available to and from BWI Airport and MITAGS.


To register, contact Kelly Michielli, MITAGS Admissions Coordinator at or call 443-989-3226.  For PortTraining questions, contact Joe Bartko at

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