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Diploma in Ship and Port Agency

Exploring the agents’ essential duties and obligations to the ship or cargo owner in port, and the vital role they play in the supply chain

Starts on 12 February 2018

Delivered by tutored distance learning

Ship and Port Agents provide a varied and vital role within the overall supply chain and operate in a highly competitive marketplace for their services.

The increasing complexity of the sector requires well- trained and highly educated people to enter the profession. Rapid change in the supply chain requires existing agents to engage in CPD and ensure they stay on top of their profession. This Diploma for Ship and Port Agents course includes:

  • a thorough examination of the modern agent’s role
  • the different services required and provided
  • core commercial skills
  • legal issues for agents and
  • the latest contemporary issues in the sector

Course Director, Darrell Bate, explains why this course is for you


At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role, duties and obligations of the agent as a representative of a ship and/or cargo owner
  • Describe different ship types, layouts, terminology and associated vessel and cargo documentation
  • Understand the commercial and business relationships between agents and stakeholders
  • Explain the operational and financial work of the agent in relation to the ship operator, ships’ crew, the cargo owner and the port authority
  • Describe the documentation related to a vessel call
  • Explain financial accounting responsibilities of the agent
  • Analyse challenges affecting ship and port agents

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Qualification: Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Professional Development Diploma, awarded by North Kent College
Start date: 12 February 2018
Delivery: Part-time Tutored Distance Learning
Duration: 12 months
Fees: TBC + VAT if applicable. 10% discount for early enrolment. Take a closer look at fees
CPD/CEUs: 21 hours / 2.1 CEUs

I was impressed with the way the Ship Agent Diploma was delivered, the data and the useful information we gained from this course. I would recommend this course for all who are involved in the maritime industry as it contributes to the continuing professional development needs of everyone in it.

M.El Zein,

 Sea Pride Enterprise

  • Early or mid-career ship and port agents wishing to develop their knowledge
  • Experienced agents wishing to update their knowledge and prepare for fresh challenges
  • General managers and operations managers at agency companies
  • Seafarers wanting to move into a shore based role with an agency
  • Professionals wishing to develop a role in ship and port agency
  • Shipping company personnel wishing to understand the work of the agent
darrell bate

Darrell Bate
Head of Quality Assurance in Further Education and Ofsted Inspector

He has worked in both colleges and private training providers in a number of curriculum roles including lecturer, Head of School, Quality Manager and Senior Manager. In 2009 he was appointed additional inspector with Ofsted and now inspects for them on a freelance basis. His current role is the lead manager for performance and data at a large London further education college.

Darrell is joined by a host of expert authors, you can read more here.


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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I would definitely recommend the course as I found it very useful to my professional development in the shipping business

R.Pinto, LBH Group)

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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