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Certificate in Ship Operations

Learn about the operational functions within shipping companies by part-time distance learning course

Commences: 25th May 2017

Delivered by tutored distance learning

This 12-week distance learning course introduces the key functions of the operations department in shipping organisations.

It provides essential knowledge to anyone  working in (or aiming to work in) ship operations, as well as those seeking a deeper understanding of how the global shipping industry functions.

Learning outcomes:

  • Develop an understanding of the complex activities involved in the daily management of vessels
  • Gain a comprehensive insight into the role of ship operators and the daily activities required for the effective and efficient operation of vessel
  • Understand who the key practitioners are, their roles and how they complement each other
  • Examine how ships operate under the maritime regulatory framework, how classification and insurance work and identify the roles of ship owners, ship managers and ship operations
  • Explore the role of the operations department and the operators’ daily duties that are necessary for the smooth operation of vessels
  • Analyse how commercial voyage management works and gain an insight on bunker management, disbursements, procurement and post fixture analysis
  • Explore how people management skills are crucial for effectively crewing and manning a vessel and a shipping company
  • Identify the importance of health, safety, security and environmental management in shipping and learn how/when to implement appropriate measures to ensure standards are met
  • Understand the importance of correct vessel operations and maintenance and develop the skills required for technical management of ships

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Qualification: Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Professional Development Certificate
Start date: 25th May 2017
Delivery: Part-time Tutored Distance Learning
Duration: 12 weeks
Fees: £1,549 / US$2,014 + VAT if applicable. 10% discount for early applications. Take a closer look at fees
CPD/CEUs: 21 hours / 2.1

"This course has proven to be an excellent aid to our business. So many areas which gave you a much broader insight into the business. Given the content of the course, I am certain that our operation, and my industry knowledge will be improved."


South Sea Lines Limited

course director for website

Semiramis Koliou-Contogoula BSc MSc

Semiramis has many years’ experience working with major shipping companies. Her expertise has been gained working in a broad range of departments including operations, crewing, chartering, freight collection, claims/insurance and accounting.

Throughout her career she has provided on-the-job preparation and development for trainees, giving them the realistic and practical guidance needed to complete the many and varied roles in shipping.

More about the faculty.

Whether ship or shore based, this course is a must for anyone who needs a greater understanding of ship operations.

It will be beneficial to shipping industry entrants, and as a refresher to those wanting to consolidate or update their knowledge.

Delivered by online tutored distance learning, this programme allows you to study and gain knowledge without disrupting your normal work

You will have access to all course materials, expert tutorial support and peer networking using our online learning management system.

Each module ends with an online test so you can check your understanding of the content.

More about our distance learning

Distance learning, face-to-face workshops, webinars, elearning and blended delivery to match your requirements

We welcome companies placing individual students or groups on any of our publicly advertised distance learning courses, or for larger corporate groups we will deliver to your individual requirements, including instructor lead training, blended delivery solutions, customised assessments, flexible time-scales and dedicated support for learning and development managers.

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"The duration and method of the course as well as the course content, was very clear and easy to understand"


Meglobal Europe GMBH

Ready to apply?

Do not delay your application – you may qualify for an early enrolment discount, and some courses have a maximum number of participants. Our online application form securely accepts payment by credit card in either £, $ or €, or we will invoice you or your employer for payment by bank transfer.

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