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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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    "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
    "It is a very good course for a global overview of the maritime industry, covering all sections in this specialised career"
    Nature Group
    "It is an enjoyable, interesting and useful course for everybody in contact with the shipping and maritime business"
    J Perez Lorente
    "The course was intelligently arranged and organised. It is the best online course I have ever taken"
    Hepa Global Energy Ltd
    "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"
    Cruise Ship
    "All subjects are interesting. The course is a good summary of ship management issues"
    John Aberoo
    Southern Ship Management
    "I enjoyed this course. It was the opportunity to ensure my knowledge is in line with the industry's requirements"

Over 2,000 students representing some of these companies:

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

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