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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:

    "It is an enjoyable, interesting and useful course for everybody in contact with the shipping and maritime business"
    J Perez Lorente
    Iscomar
    "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 is very informative and helps a lot to build up a profound knowledge of shipping business"
    Martin Brandt
    Carsten Rehder
    "All subjects are interesting. The course is a good summary of ship management issues"
    John Aberoo
    Southern Ship Management
    "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 scheme"
    S.Loosveld
    Cruise Ship
    "I believe it is a very good approach to the ship management business, a lot of interesting and different points of view"
    I Carbunaru
    V Ships
    "I liked the way the course outline was structured. I would undoubtedly recommend this course to anyone"
    M.Uduvwotayinre
    Bourbon Interoil Nigeria Ltd

Over 2,000 students representing some of these companies:

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

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