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VIRSEC Ltd is an online training provider specialising in Maritime & Port Personnel, Personal & Travel security and anti-terrorism & Risk Migration courses.

VIRSEC Ltd is an award-winning online training company. We specialise in the delivery of regulatory, bespoke and accredited online courses to business to business, and business to customer.

As a world leading provider of fully online MCA Approved (STCW ISPS) Maritime Security Training, VIRSEC Ltd has the unique position of providing our customers with fully certificated training meeting with all the Learning Outcomes of the Knowledge, Understanding & Proficiency requirements of the Merchant Navy Training Board compliant with the Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping (STCW) and the International Ship & Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

VIRSEC Ltd provide Maritime Security accredited courses through our Partner who are a UK Department for Transport (DfT) Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) Approved Centre.

The company affords those taking its courses a cost-effective and extremely flexible means of undertaking training and personal development.

Since releasing these courses from 2017, we have trained crew members and port staff within 92 countries, and this number continues to grow monthly, and we are a preferred training provider for numerous shipping companies, oil & gas, superyachts and cruise ship companies. Courses are designed and written by highly-qualified and experienced Maritime Security Trainers, Ship Security Officers and former members of the UK’s Elite Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines (FPGRM). Although focusing on fully-accredited maritime security training, we also offer DfT Compliant Port Security Awareness training for Non-Security Personnel, as well as various Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Approved courses within this sector.



I come out of Mersey Maritime’s meetings with a bit of a buzz. Lots of people with the same energy and we can see what’s ahead and we want to be ready for it, be a part of it.
Tom Coyle, Managing Director, DT Engineering Limited
Royal HaskoningDHV is a global engineering and project design consultancy with 6500 staff working in 150 companies, but we’ve been something of a sleeping giant in Liverpool. We’re proud to be sponsors of Mersey Maritime. It enables us to be fully engaged in the cluster, with a place at the table and positioned as first choice company for new business opportunities within our areas of expertise.
Jamie Gray, Associate Director, Royal HaskoningDHV
As a founding member, Hill Dickinson is proud to support Mersey Maritime. Mersey Maritime creates and facilitates business opportunities for both its members and the wider maritime and business communities through regular networking events, lobbying and industry awards while addressing the skills gap in the maritime sector by integrating local academic resources with businesses to ensure focused training and development. Mersey Maritime has achieved so much since its inception in 2003 and continues to strive with members to ensure Merseyside’s place as the leading maritime hub.
Colin Lavelle, Legal Director, Hill Dickinson LLP
Mersey Maritime provides excellent networking opportunities, allowing people to meet people, and they do exceptionally well on training and skills. My only criticism is that companies want more!
James Douglas, ContainerPort
Back in 2008, the average age profile of the workforce at Cammell Laird was 47; so we recognised the need to address a potential skills gap up ahead. As a result of close collaboration with Mersey Maritime we‘ve committed to a long-term training programme that has seen our apprentice numbers rise from zero to more than 100. It’s put us in a much stronger position. We’re in better shape to plan for growth, we’re fulfilling a commitment to provide jobs for young people in this region and we’re revitalising the way we run our business.
John Syvret, CEO, Cammell Laird Group
Mersey Maritime is doing so much for the community and its succession planning for business is vitally important. It’s great to see Liverpool coming back as a global player – all power to your elbow!
Simon Reynish, Chairman, CILT North West
As a fledgling business with big aspirations for success, joining Mersey Maritime has been absolutely the right move for us. It’s meant we haven’t had to start from scratch, knocking on doors and trying to get access to the right people. Through Mersey Maritime, we’ve attended business events like Face-2-Face and have already been able to meet everyone who’s anyone in this region. It’s the best investment we have made this year!
John Bean, Managing Director, Geo Data Systems
Mersey Maritime has brought the community together tremendously well.
Colin Kershaw, Brookes Bell
Mersey Maritime is unique, there’s nothing else like it!
Phil James, Weightmans LLP


Mersey Maritime is one of Europe’s most successful maritime cluster organisations, representing the interests of over 1700 Maritime, Logistics and Energy businesses on Merseyside and beyond.

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