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Course Content: Diploma in Ship Management

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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) 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’

3) Handling Customers and Planning for the Future

Customer service
- The importance of customer focus
- Identifying customer needs
- 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

4) Ensure Vessels are Procured, Maintained, Supplied and Equipped for Service

• 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) Establish and Administer Systems to Ensure Continuity of Service, Quality and Environmental Control

Quality systems
• Evolution of quality systems
- Quality management system standards and principles
- International Standards Organisation 9001:2008 standard
- Scope of a quality system
• Significance and benefits of having a quality system
- What has to be done
- Policy and objectives
- Managing quality
• Disciplines involved with quality systems
- Control of activities
- Correct policy statement and procedures
- Staff knowledge and training
- Commitment of all personnel
- Internal and external audits
• Quality systems in the maritime industry
- Classification Societies
- ISM Code
• Inter-relationship between quality systems and legislative requirements of the maritime industry
- IMO Conventions affecting the management of quality on ships
- Type of quality standards system
- ISM Code
- ISPS Code
Environmental systems
• Evolution of environmental management systems
- Background
- Public perception of pollution
- Concerns over air, water, ground and noise pollution
- Environmental management standards
- ISO 14001
• The maritime industry approach
- Strategic drivers and customer demands
- External influences
- MARPOL 73/78
- Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from ships
- Carbon reductions
- Links between ISO and IMO
- Constant changes and amendments to pollution control and reduction
• Key clauses of the ISO 14001 Standard
• Other initiatives
- Carbon trading
- Emission Control Areas (ECAs)
- Cleaner fuels

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
• 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
• What law governs ship management relationships?
• Contract and tort
• Contracts for the supply of services
• Sale of goods contracts: ship sale and purchase
• The employment framework
• Dispute resolution
• 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 Managing
Director of a small ship management company and asked to complete six tasks:
• Task 1: Establishing the management team and company policy
• Task 2: Set the vessel budgets and funding requirements
• Task 3: Respond to an invitation to manage additional vessels
• Task 4: Managing an emergency
• Task 5: Undertake a review of strategy, operating practice and costs
• Task 6: Prepare for insurance renewals

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

    "I gained so much knowledge in only a year, I think it is a must for anyone who starts working in the shipping field"
    R Vassiliou
    NAF Shipping
    "The course prepares you to be efficient and proactive towards the day to day challenges in the shipping industry"
    Masters Energy Oil & Gas lTD
    "Overall the course was very informative. The modules on finance and maritime law were very interesting"
    Ship Management Pte Ltd
    "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
    "Very informative and professionally presented study material led by a highly experienced tutor. The flexible study option gave me the opportunity to follow a personal time sheme"
    Cruise Ship
    "I believe it is a very good approach to the ship management business, a lot of interesting and different points of view"
    I Carbunaru
    V Ships
    "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

Over 1,500 students representing some of these companies:

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

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