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Diploma in Shipping Commercial Management

Essential Shipping Commercial Management distance learning course

Starts: 17th May 2017

Delivered by tutored distance learning


The professional development Diploma in Shipping Commercial Management is ideal for anyone in the maritime industry who wants to develop their knowledge of the financial, contractual and practical aspects of running a shipping business. It’s a popular course for people who want to move into a new or more senior role, or possibly aspire to be a shipowner themselves one day.

The syllabus addresses the entirety of the lifecycle of commercially running a shipping business including what it takes to be a shipping entrepreneur, a ship owner or manage a shipping business.

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

  • Describe the main ways in which a ship can be traded including voyage, time and bareboat charterparties
  • Analyse the main terms and conditions in a typical ship purchase for existing and newbuilding contracts
  • Identify and apply the main legal rights and duties arising in a typical agreement between a shipowner and charterer
  • Evaluate the different methods of financing a ship purchase, including the relative merits of debt and equity at different phases of the shipping cycle
  • Explain the main components in a shipowner’s balance sheet, and their relevance and weight in law to interested third parties such as lenders and mortgagees

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Qualification: Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Professional Development Diploma, awarded by North Kent College
Start date: 17th May 2017
Delivery: Part-time Tutored Distance Learning
Duration: 12 months
Fees: £3199 / US$4159 + VAT if applicable. 10% discount for early enrolment.
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Distance learning is a flexible, cost-effective way of studying without the
need to take time off work or away from home

The Diploma in Shipping Commercial Management is designed for anyone in the industry who wants to move into a more senior management role, or who wants to get the financial and practical skills needed to start their own shipping business

The course is ideal for potential shipowners and shipping entrepreneurs who need a deeper insight into the finances involved in the lifecycle of the shipping business. It is also perfect for lenders, banks, investment organisations, consultants, and asset managers who want to understand the mechanisms behind the business.

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Dr. Simon D. Norton

Lecturer, Cardiff Business School

Dr. Norton holds a Master's Degree in Maritime Law and a Doctorate in Shipping finance. He is currently a lecturer in constitutional law and bank regulation at Cardiff Business School.

Dr. Norton has extensive experience in the Maritime Industry where he has worked for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and has lectured extensively in the West Indies.

Dr. Norton 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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Progress your career with this industry recognised qualification
compiled by leading academic and maritime specialists

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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