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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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    "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
    "The course was intelligently arranged and organised. It is the best online course I have ever taken"
    Hepa Global Energy Ltd
    "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"
    Masters Energy Oil & Gas lTD
    "It is an enjoyable, interesting and useful course for everybody in contact with the shipping and maritime business"
    J Perez Lorente
    "I came to the Diploma in Ship Management as a Ships Captain with little shore office experience. This course has played an important part in my adjustment to my new role ashore. It has given me a far more holistic and strategic attitude towards my functional requirements. This change is already showing results in my daily business. It is also a good springboard toward further studies and opening up greater career opportunities."
    Conor Stott
    "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:

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

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