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Certificate in Bunkering Operations and Management

Develop your legal, technical, operational and commercial knowledge in bunkering - training and education course by tutored distance learning

Commences: 1st March 2017

The single most expensive and volatile running cost for ship operators is the purchase of marine bunkers. Price fluctuations, a fragmented market, numerous competing parties and growing regulation on a multitude of related issues, make the ship bunkering business one of the most complex aspects of the shipping industry.

The Certificate in Bunkering Operations and Management is ideal for anyone involved with bunker fuel who requires an in-depth understanding of the industry, the way the market operates, commercial, technical and operational considerations, plus how the industry is regulated. Delivered by flexible online distance learning, this bunker training course fulfils the bunker management school requirements for everyone in the industry.

Hear more about why you should study this programme

The course mixes theory and practise and explores commercial and technical issues, regulatory requirements plus key operational and safety matters.

Study this 12 week programme and you will:

  • Enhance your knowledge of the bunker industry and its vital role in shipping
  • Build your knowledge of commercial aspects of the business, including sale and purchase, contractual terms and pricing strategies
  • Discover the physics of marine fuel – how it is produced, refined and tested, and the specifications and quality standards which it must adhere to
  • Understand procedures for the management and handling of bunker fuel, from delivery to use on-board
  • Explore health and safety plus environmental issues, plus industry regulations
  • Examine legal and contractual issues, including quantity and quality claims, and how disputes are resolved

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Qualification: Lloyd's Maritime Academy and IBC Academy Professional Development Course
Start date: 1st March 2017
Delivery: Part-time Tutored Distance Learning
Duration: 12 weeks
Fees: £1549 / US$2169 + VAT if applicable. 10% discount for early enrolment.
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CPD/CEUs: 21 hours / 2.1 CEUs

This course has provided me with more knowledge of the bunkering industry which I am about to venture to. Many thanks for the detailed course, I am sure I will refer to the material many times in the future.

Norma Rose, 

Narl Refining Ltd


  • Suppliers, refiners, traders and brokers wanting to perfect their understanding of technical, physical and commercial issues
  • Shipowners, company executives, superintendents and cost controllers looking to develop their knowledge of legal, contractual and regulatory bunkering issues
  • Lawyers, insurers, mediators, solicitors and other legal professionals dealing with bunker sales and disputes
  • Oil and gas professionals needing to become familiar with the commercial bunker market
  • Industry regulators, testing agency staff, port agents and port safety personnel requiring wider industry knowledge
  • New entrants to the bunker sector requiring a detailed understanding of the business and wider support roles


Ian Adams

Ian has been involved in the shipping industry for many years in various capacities with P&O Cruises, Deep Sea Seals, Hamworthy (now part of Wärtsilä) and the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA). More recently he has been running
his own consultancy and research business focusing on fuel oil quality and bunkering, acting as an expert witness in bunker disputes as well as presenting at conferences around the world.

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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A good overview of the bunkering world and transaction

Captain Mahendra Babooa, 

Mauritius Shipping Corporation Ltd

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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