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Certificate in Container Shipping

Investigating the commercial, technical and operational aspects of liner shipping and maritime container logistics

Starts: 26th January 2017

With the industry requiring increasingly skilled and knowledgeable people to carry out the many business and technical operations involved in shipping and trade, this course fulfils professional development requirements.

With companies having to addressing their strategic direction, undertake cost reduction and revenue raising challenges to address margins as they tackle many market challenges, this course provides a thorough underpinning knowledge.

Hear more about the why you should study this fantastic programme from the Course Director


  • Identify the principal container ship types, characterises, layout, sizes and tonnages
  • Explain the modes of handling containers in international transport operations
  • Analyse the commercial and management aspects of containers in seaborne trade
  • Understand the nature of operating and voyage costs in scheduled liner shipping services
  • Discover the framework and layout of container logistics within the landside operations as well as the role of logistics service providers
  • Explain the importance of capital costs, the influence of bunker costs and the effect this has on the industry
  • Understand some of the documentation used in the shipping process such as bills of lading
  • Discuss the structure of world containerised trade routes and the major container ports within it

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Qualification: Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Professional Development Certificate
Start date: 26 January 2017
Delivery: Part-time Tutored Distance Learning
Duration: 12 weeks
Fees: £1,549 / US$2,169 + VAT if applicable. 10% discount for early enrolment. Take a closer look at fees
15% discount for IAPH members
CPD/CEUs: 21 hours / 2.1 CEUs

"The course was very useful for me. I have learnt so many subjects and have increased my knowledge about worldwide containers. This is especially beneficial to my career in the shipping industry."

Mohab Elsaka,

Qatar Petroleum

This course is ideal for people working for shipping lines, whilst also being especially beneficial to personnel engaged in the wider container logistics and supply chain industry, including those in port operations and in supplying global multi-modal logistics services.

In addition, the course has proved to be of great benefit to others related to the industry such as lawyers, economists, accountants, policy makers and industry associated consultants.

Rawindaran V. Nair MSc, LLM, PhD

Dr Nair has been involved with the maritime industry in public policy affairs as well as in academic teaching and research for almost 30 years.

He is currently active in research on international seaborne trade and maritime transport law and recently published a book on the economic regulation of the container liner shipping industry, which is a reference text for postgraduate studies.

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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Very useful for my first introduction to Shipping. Topics are treated in such a way as to make shipping comprehensible even if you are new to the industry.

Francesco Odello, 

Contship Italia S.P.A

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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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