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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
    "I liked the way the course outline was structured. I would undoubtedly recommend this course to anyone"
    M.Uduvwotayinre
    Bourbon Interoil Nigeria Ltd
    "Overall the course was very informative. The modules on finance and maritime law were very interesting"
    R.Jha
    Ship Management Pte Ltd
    "The course is very informative and helps a lot to build up a profound knowledge of shipping business"
    Martin Brandt
    Carsten Rehder
    "It is an enjoyable, interesting and useful course for everybody in contact with the shipping and maritime business"
    J Perez Lorente
    Iscomar
    "The course prepares you to be efficient and proactive towards the day to day challenges in the shipping industry"
    M.Adetayo
    Masters Energy Oil & Gas 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

Over 1,500 students representing some of these companies:

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

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