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Commercial Vessel Boarding Training Program

5 Training Days
Locations Offered


The Commercial Vessel Boarding Training Program (CVBTP) was designed to provide extensive hands-on training in the boarding and searching of High Interest Vessels (HIV's). Students will board a 494' break-bulk freighter, conduct interviews, search compartments, identify void areas and confined spaces. During the Practical Exercise phase, students will conduct an “Underway-High Risk Vessel” boarding and search of a 65’ vessel in open water. This program was designed for military, federal, state and local law enforcement officers, and Port Authority personnel who board and search commercial vessels.


  1. Applicant must be a law enforcement officer/agent with arrest authority in the prevention, detection, apprehension, detention and/or investigation of felony and/or misdemeanor violations of federal, state, local, tribal, or military criminal laws.
  2. Must be in good physical condition with no medical restrictions.

Required Training Materials


Program Syllabus/Curriculum

  • Officer Survival Afloat
  • Boarding Lab
  • Pre-Boarding Procedures
  • Boarding Procedures
  • Commercial Vessel Familiarization
  • Maritime Vessel Documentation Identification
  • Culmination Boarding Practical Exercise

Program Contact Info

Charleston: (843) 566-8579

Program Registration