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Course Content: Diploma in Ship Management

This professional development diploma in Ship Management, which is delivered by Lloyd’s Maritime Academy in partnership with North West Kent College, will give you the up to date legislation, knowledge and business skills needed to meet essential industry standards.

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1) Introduction to the Shipping Industry

• How the marine industry has developed
• World trade
• Shipping markets
   - Dry bulk, wet bulk, container, RoRo etc.
• The way ships trade
   - Liner and tramp traders
   - Charters
• Documentation overview
• Shipping legal framework overview
• The way ships are managed and how they operate
• What support is available to the management of shipping?

2) Business Management Skills for the Ship Manager

• Customer services
   -  The importance of customer focus
   - Identifying & meeting customer needs
   - Training and motivation of staff in customer service
   - Performance standards
• Strategic analysis
   - Internal environment
   - Products and services
   - External environment
   - Strategic options
   - Implementing change
• IT use and strategy
• Project Management
   - Examples of typical projects
   - Project and planning principles
   - Roles and responsibilities, leadership and managing the project team

3) Employ and Manage Marine Personnel for Vessel Activities

• Plan the workforce
• Recruit, select and retain staff
• Provide learning opportunities
• Monitor and take action to ensure seafarer certification
• Manage induction processes
• Staff appraisals – tool to motivate your team
• Manage personnel travel procedures
• Provide for the wellbeing and welfare of seafarers and office staff
• Key performance indicators
• A ‘just culture’ versus a ‘blame culture’

4) Vessels Support Services: Buy/Sell/Equip/Maintain/Supply

• Manage the acquisition of vessels
• Vessel disposal
• Develop and implement vessel maintenance plans
• Project management
• Manage physical resources
• Procurement processes
• Organise and oversee the management of contractors
• Establish and implement systems for the management of vessel supplies

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5) ISO Maritime Standards

• International Standards Organisation (ISO)
   - What is the ISO and how does it function
   - Accreditation bodies
   - Audit cycles and how are they performed
• Quality Management Systems
   - The evolution of quality standards
   - Applying quality standards
   - The significance and benefits
   - The disciplines involved
   - Industry legislation and organisations
• Environmental Management Systems
   - The evolution of environmental standards
   - Applying environmental standards
   - The significance and benefits
   - The disciplines involved
   - Industry legislation and organisations
   - The relationship between environmental standards and maritime environmental legislation
   - MARPOL73/78 as amended
   - Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) from ships
   - Carbon reductions and carbon trading
   - Emission Control Areas
   - Cleaner Fuels for ships
   - Anti-fouling legislation for ships
   - New fuel sources for ships
• Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS)
   - Introduction to the standard
• Information technology — Security techniques — Information Security Management Systems
   - Introduction to the standard
   - Relationship with the ISPS Code
   - Relationship with companies and the carriage of privately armed security guards on board
• Energy Management Systems
   - Introduction to the standard
• Social Accountability
   - Introduction to the standard
   - Relationship with manning agencies
   - Relationship with MLC 2006

6) Safety and Security in Marine Operations: Management and Legislation

• What is management?
   - Who is a manager?
   - What does a manger do?
   - The structure of organisations
   - Communications in an organisation
   - Working relationships
• Dealing with legislation
   - Maritime legislation
   - International, national and regional legislation
   - The complexities of working in a multi-national organisation and industry
   - Compliance to legislation
   - The results of non-compliance with legislation
• Risk assessment and management
• Accident investigation and analysis
   - Corrective and preventative action
   - Statistics
   - Key performance indicators (KPIs)

7) Safety and Security in Marine Operations: Regulation and Environment

• The ISM Code and the manager
   - Understanding the ISM Code
   - The effect of the ISM Code on the maritime industry
   - The organisation’s safety management system
   - Audit schedule and compliance
   - The effect of the multi-national fleet
• The ISPS Code and the manager
   - Understanding the ISPS Code
   - Security and safety – same or different
   - Company security officer and manager
   - The ship security plan
   - Audit schedule and compliance
   - Relationship between ship security officer, company security officer and port facility security officer
• Port State Control and the manager
   - Inspections and degree of inspection
   - Memorandums of understanding (MOU)
   - Dealing with deficiencies and non-conformities raised at PSC inspection
   - The position of the manager in respect of PSC
• The environment and shipping – minimising the impact
   - Shipping and environmental issues
   - How “green” is your organisation
   - Environmental training
   - Health and safety and the company including care of employees
   - Health surveillance
   - Hours of work and rest
   - Ships medical supplies
   - The effect of stress on employees
   - The effect of fatigue on employees
   - Dignity and respect at work

8) Personal and Professional Skills to Support Shipping Services

• Manage your own resources and professional development
• Develop productive working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders
• Working effectively with people from countries or cultures other than your own
• Communicate information and knowledge
• Leading meetings
• Meetings participation
• Combat “organisational waste”
• Continuous development

9) Understanding Finance and Accounting in the Maritime Industry

• Ship financing
   - Introduction to ship finances
   - The business model
   - Profit and loss account
   - The balance sheet
   - Employment of capital
   - Cash flow forecasts
• Costing in shipping companies and onboard
   - Costing definitions
   - Voyage planning
   - Bunker management
• Working capital control in shipping management
• Capital project appraisal in shipping companies
• Introduction to ratio analysis
   - Ratio analysis
   - Profit and loss accounting ratios

10) Background to Maritime Law and Insurance

• What is “maritime law”? An overview
• Public and private law: regulatory provisions
• International conventions within the maritime legal framework
• Why English law in an international shipping dispute?
• Introduction to contract law
• Introduction to tort law
• Ship sale and purchase contracts
• Bills of lading and charterparty contracts
• The employment framework
• Dispute resolution: Ship arrest, litigation, arbitration and mediation
• Marine insurance

11) Case Study: Managing a Ship Management Company

A project designed to bring together the various areas of study that form the core modules. Participants are cast in the role of General Manager of a small ship management company and asked to complete a variety of tasks

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A superb programme. Don't just take our word for it:

    "The course opened up the wide range of topics this business brings with it and explains how various departments / items are connected to each other"
    Student, 2013
    "All subjects are interesting. The course is a good summary of ship management issues"
    John Aberoo
    Southern Ship Management
    "It is a very good course for a global overview of the maritime industry, covering all sections in this specialised career"
    Nature Group
    "The course prepares you to be efficient and proactive towards the day to day challenges in the shipping industry"
    Masters Energy Oil & Gas lTD
    "It is an enjoyable, interesting and useful course for everybody in contact with the shipping and maritime business"
    J Perez Lorente
    "The present course is really useful and interesting for all people who are in the sea business, as well as forwarders, shippers etc"
    K Taran
    "The course is very informative and helps a lot to build up a profound knowledge of shipping business"
    Martin Brandt
    Carsten Rehder

Over 2,000 students representing some of these companies:

  • Seabulk Offshore Operations Nigeria Ltd
  • Intership Pte Ltd
  • Chevron Texaco Shipping Co LLC
  • Glingrow Holding Ltd
  • Irshs Naval Service
  • Emerald Shipping Ltd
  • Seaspan Ship Management Ltd-Canada
  • Oceanwide Shipping
  • Star Reefers UK
  • Smit Amandla Marine
  • Eagle Maritime RAK FZE
  • Serco Denholm Ltd Services S.A
  • Single Buoy Moorings (SBM) Inc
  • Baja Ferries USA
  • Sanko Rotterdam
  • Mitsui O.S.K Lines Maritime
  • Maritech
  • Rolls Royce
  • Green Barge Company Ltd
  • Centrofin Management Inc
  • Crossway Navigation Agency Inc
  • Cayman Islands Shipping Registry
  • Satur
  • Omark Maritime Ltd
  • Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd
  • Amandla Marine
  • Abu Dhabi National Tanker Co
  • Balthellas Chartering SA
  • Zuidwal 33
  • SOFRM 1939
  • Thoreson & Co (Bangkok) Ltd
  • Shenzhen Huawei Offshore Shipping Ltd
  • Stephenson Harwood
  • United Marine Dredging Ltd
  • Geden Lines
  • Stolt-Nielsen Transportation Group
  • Westward Sailing Ltd
  • Wartsila
  • Nautika Sdn Bhd
  • Shell Ship Management Ltd
  • Wallenius Marine AB
  • Clyde Marine
  • Samcham Holdings Ltd
  • Deena Shipping LLC
  • Technip Offshore UK
  • Serco Limited Marine Services
  • Panama Maritime Authority
  • Norwegian Maritime Directorate
  • Kreuz Subsea Pte Ltd
  • SMIT (Nigeria) Limited
  • Petrobas Transporte S.A -Transpetro
  • NATO Underwater Research Centre
  • Seamar Shipping BV
  • Air France
  • Norfolk Line
  • Neil Burgess Limited
  • Royal Navy of Oman
  • Grimaldi Lines
  • Nepal Oil and Gas at Foursure towers
  • Motor Yacht Montkaj
  • SCF Unicom Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Marine Management SCMT
  • Adnatco Ngsco
  • National Ferries Company
  • Ceres Lng Services Ltd
  • P & O Nedlloyd
  • Delmas
  • Brevigtank AS
  • MSC Ship Management Ltd
  • CGGVERITAS Services
  • Dubai Petroleum Co
  • Lamnalco West Africa
  • Vela International Marine Ltd
  • Subsea Petroleum Services
  • Dorchester Maritime Ltd
  • Sea Management Ltd
  • Det Norske Veritas
  • Atlantic Ro Ro Carriers Inc
  • Gulf Stolt Ship Management
  • Helko Marine Services Ltd
  • CMI Offshore Ltd
  • Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard
  • Modec Management Services PTE LTD
  • Bourbon Interoil Nigeria Ltd
  • Q-Shipping
  • Svitzer Middle East Ltd
  • Intergrate Aluminium Components
  • Engy Shipping Lines
  • Din's Trading Sdn Bhd
  • MOL LNG Transport Co Ltd
  • Sherine El Naggar/Naggar Shipping Company
  • Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd
  • P&A Group of Companies
  • Constantza Maritime University
  • Knutsen OAS UK Ltd
  • Transport Canada
  • Zora Canaries Sl
  • MOL Tankship Management Ltd
  • MOL Shipmanagement Co Ltd
  • FMC Oil & Gas Nigeria Ltd
  • V. Ships
  • Cunard Line Ltd
  • Transocen Support SVCS Nigeria Limited
  • Codinvest
  • Vigeo Shipping Ltd
  • Elburg Shipmanagement Phils Inc
  • Stena Line
  • Norbulk Shipping UK Ltd
  • Novel Commodities SA
  • ISSC Ukrrichflot
  • Trans Sea Marine Services LLC
  • OSG Ship Management
  • Columbia Ship Management
  • Qatar Liquefied Gas Company
  • Trinity Offshore Pte Ltd
  • A.P. Moller
  • Unicom Management Services Ltd
  • Seacor Marine (International) Ltd
  • Scandlines
  • Celebrity Cruise Line
  • Sailing Yacht Selene
  • Trinity House
  • Oceanforce Management Ltd
  • Reederei 'Nord' Klaus Transpetro
  • OOCL
  • Black Sea Contractor, Odessa
  • FEMCO Management
  • C-Mar Group
  • Tidewater Marine
  • Atlas Services Group
  • Windforce Maritime Enterprises Inc
  • Asia Ship International Ltd
  • Songa Shipmanagement Ltd
  • E-thokwini Muricipality
  • Lasco Shipping Co
  • US Navy
  • Murphy Oil Corp
  • INTRESCO Ltd (Ukraine Branch Office)
  • Waterman Marine Consultancy
  • Enka Insaat Ve Sanayi A.S
  • SMIT Nigeria Ltd
  • Laskaridis Shipping Co Ltd
  • Dubai Dry Docks
  • Denholm Ship Management Ltd
  • Helios Terminal Corporation
  • P&O Maritime Services
  • Manton Group Ltd
  • Petroruss Inc
  • Teekay Shipping
  • Bibby Line Ltd
  • Ustica Lines Spa
  • Mideast Ship Management Ltd
  • International Shipping Services
  • Lannaman & Morris (Shipping) Ltd
  • Hydrodrive Nigeria Limited
  • Texaco Ltd
  • Rickmers Reederei GmbH & Cie.KG
  • Eurasia Maritime Management
  • Maersk Maritime Services
  • Kyklades Maritime Corportation
  • Doehle (IOM) Ltd
  • Australian Maritime Safety authority
  • Container Ship Management Ltd
  • Primorsk Shipping Corporation
  • International Tanker Management Ltd
  • Barber Ship Management
  • Latvian Shipping Co
  • Germanischer Lloyd Nigeria
  • Stanford Marine LLC
  • DSL Shipping Ltd
  • Andriaki Shipping Co Ltd
  • Steamship Shipping
  • Century Energy Services Ltd
  • Alliance Marine Services
  • Jo Tankers BV
  • General Maritime Crewing Pte Ltd
  • Rehm Thermal Systems
  • Lloyd’s Register of Shipping and Industry Services S.A.
  • Northern Marine Management
  • Serco Marine Services
  • J.P Samartiz Maritime Enterprises Co SA
  • MOD
  • Vale
  • Velmar Shipping Ltd
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Western Bulk
  • Gibunco Management Ltd
  • Orient Ship Management
  • Tidex Nigeria Ltd
  • Maritime Engineers Pty Ltd
  • Fugro Marine Services BV
  • GAC Marine Shipping
  • Japaul Oil & Maritime Services Plc
  • Caspian Services Group Ltd
  • Dolphin Offshore Enterprises
  • Unione Ligura Aramento
  • Shipmanagement Ltd
  • Eimskip
  • Great Eagle Maritime International Limited
  • All Marine Spares International LLC
  • Campbell Shipping Co Ltd
  • A/S Torm
  • Malta Maritime Authority
  • Port Authority of Jamaica
  • Blendong Shipping Company
  • State Oil Company of Republic of Azerbaijan
  • Niovis Shipping Co SA
  • Deckmaster Marine Softwares Inc
  • Transnave Navegacao S/A
  • UK Hydrographic Office
  • IRCG
  • Azalea Maritime BV
  • Hellenic Star Shipping Co
  • Baggermy Boskalis BV
  • Ashit Shipping Services Pvt.Ltd
  • KGJS Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Anglo Eastern
  • Scott Shipping Management Ltd
  • Hull Blyth Nigeria
  • Petrbras America
  • Bestobell LNG
  • De Schroef BV
  • Beluga Fleetmanagement
  • International Shipping Partners INC
  • Dalby Offshore Services Ltd
  • Tsalos Shipping & Trading
  • Raffles Ship Management
  • Thomas Miller P & I Club Ltd
  • Initium Maritime Corp.
  • Lamnalld Group
  • Hoswon & Simone CPA
  • The Home Depot
  • Offshore Technical Management Solutions
  • BP Shipping Bunkers (Ltd) Pty
  • Thome Ship Management PTE Ltd
  • TESMA Holding
  • Nakicat Switzerwijsmuller W.L.L
  • A.P Moller Maersk Crewing Ukraine
  • Samin Shipping Co Ltd

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