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Certificate in Ship Registration

Study flag state regulation, service delivery and ship registration decisions - delivered by distance learning

Commences: 28th February 2017

Designed for registry personnel, legal and other maritime professionals who need to understand the obligations and duties of flag states, plus shipping company decision makers considering commercial best practice for ship registration.

The course delivers a detailed analysis of the choice of registry, registry operations, their offerings and service quality, and the reasons behind the shipowners choice by considering flag implications on the operation of ships.

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This Certificate in Ship Registration is a stimulating course designed to deliver staff of shipowners and ship registries a practical, commercial and legal grounding in the key aspects of ship registration.

During the course you will addresses a range of critical theoretical and practical topics from understanding the process, to the choice of open versus closed registries and the role of the Flag State and Port State.

You will gain a deep insight and understanding of the competitive advantages of strategic ship registration and the role of national shipping registries.

Compiled by specialists, the individual structured study modules of the Certificate in Ship Registration programme highlight all the important issues, and discuss legal and practical solutions, and how to avoid pitfalls by good planning.


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Qualification: Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Professional Development Certificate
Start date: 28th  February 2017
Delivery: Part-time Tutored Distance Learning
Duration: 12 weeks
Fees: £1549 / US$2169 + VAT if applicable. 10% discount for early enrolment.
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CPD/CEUs: 21 hours / 2.1 CEUs

"Very beneficial course for ship-owning company staff"



  • Shipowners, ship managers and operation personnel who require a detailed comprehension of ship registration requirements
  • Ship registry professionals who need to advance the desirability of the registry
  • Surveyors and technical consultants wishing to learn about the registration process in order to promote their services
  • National Maritime Safety Administration personnel making regulations and registration decisions
  • Classification Society staff involved in accessing vessels
  • Lawyers and legal professionals requiring a deeper insight into the legalities of ship registration
  • Consultants who want to know how to promote shipping registries and their benefits
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Ed Watt, Partner, HBJ Gateley

Ed specialises in the sale, purchase and registration of commercial vessels, in particular offshore vessels for oil & gas and renewable energy projects.Routinely recognised as a leading individual and ranked in the legal directories for his expertise in this sector, Ed receives complex and high value instructions from across the world. He has acted in the sale or purchase of over 170 ships registered in 24 different flag states, with particular experience in the Caspian region, and has represented clients at negotiations and completions in over 20 countries. Ed is co-author of “Ship Registration: Law and Practice” (second edition, 2009) for Lloyd’s Shipping Law Library/Informa. He was also named Specialist Lawyer of the Year in the Scottish Legal Awards in 2010.

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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"Extremely useful for flag state and maritime administration personnel"



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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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