Just heard back from a certain Cruise Liner company, after submitting my CV for an SSO job with them (it was a CV check by their HR people really not a post application). This is for those who are interested in that particular MARSEC path. Their essential requirement for employment is proven military/civil policing experience. This includes the ability/experience to investigate incidents/crime, crime scene management, evidence collection and statement taking. There are MARSEC training providers who do crime scene management and investigation courses, however it is the experience they are after. Not disheartened though, plenty of others who do not find this experience essential. May be of use to someone. If you are sending out CV's PM me for the company details so if you do not meet the criteria it will save you the price of a first class stamp at least.
Hope this is helpful to someone!
my belief, and being navy you can probably confirm this, is that the proper commercial SSO role, (not sea marshall) has similarities to the master at arms role in the navy, ie almost a police role?
This is the SSO on a Cruise Liner who is chief security officer and manages a security team, sometimes Ghurkas (in many companies). Some companies advertise for former RN MAA for their former policing skills because the day to day work is similar to that of a regulator, investigating theft, assault, crime scene, evidence preservation etc ( or so I am told by a colleague of mine who was an SSO on cruise liners for 3 years). Other Cruise Liner SSO recruitment companies are only interested in former Navy/Marines NCO's with good conduct and minimum service of 16 or so years with all the additional maritime quals like advanced fire-fighting, first aid, sea survival, SSO course and all the other MCA accredited courses you can shake your hairy stick at etc etc. (You can often change roles with safety and fire officer during your contract) This not to be confused with the High Risk armed or non-lethal security teams that currently operate in the GOA etc. As John from IMSA Ltd put it, there are only 2 types of SSO, those on MV who are normally double hatted with another job on board and are normally jobbed from within the company once they have done the course and the SSO on a cruise liner who is the Chief security officer onboard and normally ex military or of course Police, military or civil. If I dont make sense then please let me know. Its late.
Good post mate, and this is exaclty the role of the SSO, way too many people are getting the Sea marshall role and the SSO role confused, they're seperate entities, and the sooner people realise this the better!
Just to reiterate guys, I was not applying for a job just having my CV checked by their HR people to see if it was suitable for employment with them in the role of CL SSO. I am in no doubt that if your CV fulfils the criteria they require, you may get an interview but I cannot say whether they are recruiting at this present time. I just wanted to share the feedback that I recieved. There, just wanted to clear that one up just in case I gave the impression that there was a specific post up for grabs. I am currently sending out my CV to MARSEC employers to gain some professional industry opinions and get some feedback. Perhaps someone on the forum with industry experience would also like to give their opinion???? I enjoy feedback and opinions
do you have the contact details for that job?
Spoman, well said, at last someone understands the SSO role.
hi there mate could you give me any websites wich could help me apply for jobs please
Before everyone get's a hard on for this post i should enlighten the masses who are furiously clicking send on their email as we speak.
Being a SSO on a cruise ship is worse then being a mall cop, it's pretty much the bottom of things you can do being x-military and having an sso. Not only are you a hotel security guard but you can't get away from your job.
Not only do you have to cover the ship 24/7 but you also have to do gangway duty, all pilot events, deal with health and safety and all the admin that comes from doing security in a hotel and a casino (if the ship has one) watch cctv. The gangway duty is the worst, you get to a nice destination and you have to guard the entrance with your earpiece and your radio. They were unarmed except for a shot gun and pistol locked in the captains office.
I've seen these guys doing their job, working marsec on cruise ships and i would never do that job, all of them gang banged me with cv's as this was the first time they had seen marsec guys and thought it was like SBS compare to their dreary existence.
And you can't even get amongst the crew or customers cause you're the guy who has to investigate theft and report people for running with scissors.
Plus the pay is pretty crap, comparatively.
although, yes, being a security guard on a cruise ship is what SSO is really for...