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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"
    J.Morillo
    Nature Group
    "The course is really interesting, I learned a lot of things and it has helped me to improve in my professional life"
    M Lanteaume
    World Fuel
    "The course was interesting and I continually learnt new information which is helpful in my job"
    Student
    2012
    "The course was intelligently arranged and organised. It is the best online course I have ever taken"
    A.Akinsowon
    Hepa Global Energy Ltd
    "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:

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

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