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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:

    "The course is very informative and helps a lot to build up a profound knowledge of shipping business"
    Martin Brandt
    Carsten Rehder
    "The course was interesting and I continually learnt new information which is helpful in my job"
    Student
    2012
    "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
    "I enjoyed this course. It was the opportunity to ensure my knowledge is in line with the industry's requirements"
    P.Martin
    Codinvest
    "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 prepares you to be efficient and proactive towards the day to day challenges in the shipping industry"
    M.Adetayo
    Masters Energy Oil & Gas lTD
    "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

Over 1,500 students representing some of these companies:

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