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Certificate in Marine Salvage Law

Study the complex framework of marine salvage law by distance learning

Starts in 2018 - date to be confirmed

Most accidents at sea result in a salvage service being rendered to the casualty. It is therefore important for anyone involved, or who may be involved with a casualty, to have a general understanding of international salvage law. 

Over 12 weeks, this salvage law professional development programme introduces you to the history of salvage law, reviews salvage principles and definitions, examines the salvage convention, explains Lloyd’s Open Form and the Special Compensation P&I Club Clause. In addition, it analyses other key contracts, conventions and guidelines which are essential knowledge for anyone involved in marine salvage, whether they be a seafarer, salvor, ship owner, cargo owner, underwriter, P&I Club case handler, broker average adjuster or solicitor.


On completing this course you will:

  • Understand the provisions of the Salvage Convention
  • Appreciate the operation of Lloyds Open Form
  • Understand the SCOPIC clause
  • Have considered a variety of alternative contracts
  • Be aware of various international Conventions which materially affect salvage operations.

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Qualification: Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Professional Development Certificate
Starts in 2018 - date to be confirmed
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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As part of my studies to obtain a Master Class 1, I had successfully completed Business and Law for the Shipmaster. The Certificate in Marine Salvage Law put the whole topic into perspective, not only from a shipmaster’s but the various players, salvors, P&I clubs to name only these. The qualification has helped me get a much deeper understanding of the complexities that surround a salvage operation particularly from the legal side and some of the financial implications. Very informative and well-structured course aimed at everyone to get a professional grasp of the legality around salvage


Maritime Operations Advisor

This distance learning course is ideal for anyone currently or potentially involved in marine salvage such as;

  • Salvage and towage personnel requiring a legal understanding
  • Surveyors, engineers and related technical specialists
  • Ship owners and managers
  • Maritime administration and port authority employees
  • Insurance and legal professionals seeking specialised knowledge

Archie Bishop

Archie Bishop is a Solicitor both in England and Hong Kong, an Examiner in Admiralty and a former Senior Partner of Holman Fenwick Willan (1988 and 2000) with whom he is now a Consultant.

Trained aboard HMS Worcester he served 7 years as a deck officer with the P&O Line before joining the firm in 1960.

Find out more about Archie Bishop and other course Author, Michael Lacey.



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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The course materials were well constructed. I found the structure of the modules very helpful, with the progression from the broader principles and history of salvage, through to the details of the convention, specific clauses and forms, as well as the link and relationship to other conventions and areas of law

Stacey Fraser,


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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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