Is there any UK statutory requirement for training of ship safety officers?

No. Paragraph 3. 4. 2 of the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen advises that “He should have attended a suitable Safety Officer’s course”, but this is not a statutory requirement, and any such course does not have to be MCA-approved.

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Must a ship security officer have training?

What additional training must seafarers with designated safety or pollution prevention duties have received before being assigned to any shipboard duties?