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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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    "I came to the Diploma in Ship Management as a Ships Captain with little shore office experience. This course has played an important part in my adjustment to my new role ashore. It has given me a far more holistic and strategic attitude towards my functional requirements. This change is already showing results in my daily business. It is also a good springboard toward further studies and opening up greater career opportunities."
    Conor Stott
    "The course was intelligently arranged and organised. It is the best online course I have ever taken"
    Hepa Global Energy Ltd
    "I liked the way the course outline was structured. I would undoubtedly recommend this course to anyone"
    Bourbon Interoil Nigeria Ltd
    "The course prepares you to be efficient and proactive towards the day to day challenges in the shipping industry"
    Masters Energy Oil & Gas 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
    "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
    "It is an enjoyable, interesting and useful course for everybody in contact with the shipping and maritime business"
    J Perez Lorente

Over 2,000 students representing some of these companies:

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

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