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Certificate in Commercial Risks in Shipping

Managing and mitigating commercial risks in shipping markets

Starts on 7th February 2018

Delivered by tutored distance learning

Shipping is a risky business – and that’s something that makes it so interesting and attracts many people to the sector.

With shipping markets being notoriously volatile, dependent on cyclical  variations and buffeted by the inconsistencies of global trade and financial uncertainty, there’s plenty of room to make money and lose money. The shipping sector is a uniquely challenging commercial environment for everyone involved in maritime business, and this course thoroughly explores the commercial risks and how we can manage and reduce these.

Take a look at the course content to find out more.


  • Introducing commercial risk in the shipping context: Shipping markets and risk management principles
  • Commercial risks arising from charterparties, operations and claims issues
  • Financial risk management and credit risk
  • Freight derivatives and hedging: Forwards, futures, options and swaps
  • Commercial risks relating to environmental and safety
  • Management issues
  • Marine insurance and commercial risk management

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Qualification: Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Professional Development Certificate
Start date: 7 February 2018
Delivery: Part-time Tutored Distance Learning
Duration: 12 weeks
10% discount for early enrolment.  Take a closer look at fees
CPD/CEUs: 21 hours / 2.1 CEUs

  • Commercial directors, managers & analysts wishing to develop their professional effectiveness
  • Charterers, traders & shipbrokers needing to deepen their understanding of commercial issues
  • Vessel & cargo operations managers plus wider shipping company personnel
  • Investors, financial & asset managers seeking to improve their maritime commercial awareness
  • Lawyers, insurers, solicitors & other legal professionals working in contract & risk management
  • Freight & cargo executives requiring a broader perspective on shipping risk & financial markets

Katerina Konsta Dip Fin, BSc, MSc, PhD (cand)

Katerina is a trainer and shipping consultant, and was previously Head of the Shipping, Transport & Logistics Department at BCA College of Athens (Greece). She has lectured on undergraduate courses in shipping, maritime business and related subjects. 

Katerina holds a degree in Maritime Business and Maritime Law from University of Plymouth (UK). Her postgraduate studies include International Shipping at the University of Plymouth (UK) and Maritime Studies with International Transport at the University of Piraeus (Greece). She is currently working on her PhD at Plymouth University.

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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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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