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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:

    "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
    "Overall the course was very informative. The modules on finance and maritime law were very interesting"
    R.Jha
    Ship Management Pte Ltd
    "The course was interesting and I continually learnt new information which is helpful in my job"
    Student
    2012
    "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
    "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

Over 1,500 students representing some of these companies:

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

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