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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:

    "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
    "All subjects are interesting, the course is a good summary of ship management issues"
    John Aberoo
    Southern Ship Management
    "The course was intelligently arranged and organised. It is the best online course I have ever taken"
    A.Akinsowon
    Hepa Global Energy Ltd
    "Overall the course was very informative. The modules on finance and maritime law were very interesting"
    R.Jha
    Ship Management Pte Ltd
    "The course is very informative and helps a lot to build up a profound knowledge of shipping business"
    Martin Brandt
    Carsten Rehder
    "I enjoyed this course. It was the opportunity to ensure my knowledge is in line with the industry's requirements"
    P.Martin
    Codinvest
    "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

Over 1,500 students representing some of these companies:

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

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