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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
  • Tactical Egress
  • Intro to Seaport Operations
  • MLATP Laboratory Exercise
  • Pre-Boarding Procedures
  • Boarding Procedures
  • Commercial Vessel Familiarization
  • Dangerous Cargo Overview
  • Vessel Search Techniques
  • Operational Hazards and Safety Awareness
  • Maritime Doc ID, Passports and Visas
  • Commercial Vessel Tactical Entry Search Techniques
  • CVBTP Practical Exercise

Program Registration

Federal organization personnel should contact their agency training officer to register for training, email questions to or telephone 912-267-3344. 

State, local and tribal officers requesting training should register online. If organizational support is required or you have additional needs, please email or call us at 1-800-743-5382.

International (non-US) personnel should email or telephone 912-261-4023.

Program Contact Info

Charleston: (843) 566-8579