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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:

    "The course is very informative and helps a lot to build up a profound knowledge of shipping business"
    Martin Brandt
    Carsten Rehder
    "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
    "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
    "All subjects are interesting. The course is a good summary of ship management issues"
    John Aberoo
    Southern Ship Management
    "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 was intelligently arranged and organised. It is the best online course I have ever taken"
    Hepa Global Energy Ltd
    "Overall the course was very informative. The modules on finance and maritime law were very interesting"
    Ship Management Pte Ltd

Over 2,000 students representing some of these companies:

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

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