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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:

    "It is a very good course for a global overview of the maritime industry. covering all sections in this specialised career"
    J.Morillo
    Nature Group
    "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"
    S.Loosveld
    Cruise Ship
    "I liked the way the course outline was structured. I would undoubtedly recommend this course to anyone"
    M.Uduvwotayinre
    Bourbon Interoil Nigeria Ltd
    "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
    JSSC
    "The course is very informative and helps a lot to build up a profound knowledge of shipping business"
    Martin Brandt
    Carsten Rehder
    "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 was intelligently arranged and organised. It is the best online course I have ever taken"
    A.Akinsowon
    Hepa Global Energy Ltd

Over 1,500 students representing some of these companies:

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

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