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Diploma in Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals Shipping

A comprehensive course exploring the oil, gas and petrochemicals shipping sector for ship and shore-based executives by tutored distance learning

Commences: 21st September 2016

The course covers a broad spread of relevant study modules delivering a thorough and detailed knowledge and understanding of the oil, gas and petrochemicals shipping sector and the various legal requirements, operational and technical aspects which make up its complex nature.

This programme delivers a detailed investigation of a wide range of issues, from vessel design and onboard operations, to terminal operations, vetting and chartering over 12 months.

At the end of this course students will be able to :

  • Describe the supply chain of the oil, gas and petrochemicals industry and how it corresponds to
    the shipping industry
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the oil, gas and petrochemicals shipping sector
  • Evaluate the different vessel types on offer and their supply
  • Examine the various design requirements and specifications imposed by the sector
  • Explain how the vessels are audited and vetted by the industry
  • Identify the issues involved in vessel operations, including terminal management and cargo handling
  • Explore the methods used in chartering oil, gas and petrochemical vessels

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Qualification: Professional Development Diploma
Awarded by: North Kent College
Start date: 21st September 2016
Delivery: Part-time Tutored Distance Learning
Duration: 12 months
Fees: £3200 / US$4480 - £3400 / US$4760 + VAT if applicable. Take a closer look at fees

Key requirements for shipowners and operators for success in the oil, gas and petrochemicals industry

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Michael Quain

For over fourteen years, Michael has been involved in the operation and maintenance of a wide range of seagoing tankers and dry cargo ships including the development and monitoring of maintenance systems, dry-docking and carrying out afloat repairs to a variety of vessels at various locations around the world. Michael has conducted in-house investigation of numerous engineering incidents on-board vessels. 

Michael Quain is joined by a host of of expert authors, you can read more here.

This course is ideal for shipowners and operators, as well as port and terminal operators who require an understanding of the complexities, operations, and safety in the oil, gas and petrochemicals industry.

It is also highly appropriate for technical managers and superintendents, as well as naval architects and other designers wanting to increase their knowledge and understanding of the demands of the industry.

Finally, it will benefit auditors, surveyors and vetting professionals needing a more detailed insight into the industry's legal requirements.


Delivered by online tutored distance learning, this programme allows you to study and gain knowledge without disrupting your normal work

You will have access to all course materials, expert tutorial support and peer networking using our online learning management system.

Each module ends with an online test so you can check your understanding of the content.

More about our distance learning

Distance learning, face-to-face workshops, webinars, elearning and blended delivery to match your requirements

We welcome companies placing individual students or groups on any of our publicly advertised distance learning courses, or for larger corporate groups we will deliver to your individual requirements, including instructor lead training, blended delivery solutions, customised assessments, flexible time-scales and dedicated support for learning and development managers.

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Ready to apply?

Do not delay your application – you may qualify for an early enrolment discount, and some courses have a maximum number of participants. Our online application form securely accepts payment by credit card in either £, $ or €, or we will invoice you or your employer for payment by bank transfer.

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