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Certificate in Ship Arrest

An online course to help legal and maritime professionals understand the processes involved in ship arrest and how to resolve the issue effectively with real-world examples

Starts 13 May 2021

Delivered by tutored distance learning

Course Overview

A ship is likely to get involved in disputes - these can be related to any aspect of its business, its operation, or contractual disputes. Ship arrest offers a remedy for security by considering the ship itself as the defendant, otherwise known as an ‘in rem’ claim.

These maritime disputes are always an issue for shipping firms. Lawyers on both sides of the dispute need to be aware of the consequences of a ship arrest and how to resolve or arrest. It is also important for ship owners, agents and managers to understand the ramifications of a ship arrest.

Over 6 modules, this course solves these problems by giving participants a flexible way to become confident in the processes and understanding of ship arrest. 

When: 13 May 2021
Where: Delivered online with the support of leading industry experts
Duration: 12 weeks
Qualification: Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Professional Development Certificate

  • This online course gives participants an understanding on how and why a ship can be arrested, and will help ship owners to resolve issues pre-arrest.
  • It will give participants the knowledge on how to handle arrests as they occur and will help ship managers and crew manage it effectively.
  • This course will take participants through the process of ship arrest and case law, to aid maritime lawyers on both sides of arrest.
  • Participants will gain greater understanding of non-signatory countries.

Ship arrest can be procedurally split into two aspects;

  1. Arrests using the arrest conventions before the Courts of law
  2. Impounding through the territorial laws (especially in non-signatory nations).

Rules pertaining to the UK, US and Singapore remains quite known and systematically covered by most training providers while those of non-signatory nations remain an elusive challenge due the chaotic nature of admiralty law.

The UN Conventions aimed at standardization of territorial arrest rules which worked only in signatory countries. Thus, despite the conventions, the intertwining of criminal, civil and admiralty law to this day remains chaotic and confusing for most practitioners.

Non-signatory countries to the arrest conventions with high volume of arrest cases (like India, Bangladesh, UAE etc.) are focused upon. Few course providers ever venture on arrests in non-signatory countries, and this is where the course differs from the rest.

  • Law firms: Heads of shipping, partners, lawyers
  • Law, insurance companies, banks, P&I Clubs: Bankers, insurance professionals, allied fields
  • Bunker traders, shipping companies, shipping agents: Shipowners, ship managers, bunker suppliers and ship agents

100% Online - Learn from wherever you are!

At Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, lifelong learning is a concept that we’re passionate about and for this reason, we make it as accessible and flexible for our students.

Online learning puts you in control of your learning – especially suitable for all of us in the maritime industry where we often spend time away from home. With our courses you are free to study when, where and how you choose, and in the style and the speed that is right for you. Early morning, in a work break, late at night - it is entirely up to you so you can fit your education around your work and/or family commitments.

So what’s stopping you? Get in touch today and find out how we can help provide you with a timely career boost.


  • Background to Ship Arrest
  • Introduction to Ship Arrest
  • Concepts (Pre-arrest)
  • Concepts (Post-arrest)
  • Common Challenges to Ship Arrest
  • Practical aspects of ship arrest

Download the full course syllabus to find out more about each module and what you will learn on the course.

Course Director

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Bibhu Dash

Bibhu has significant ship arrest experience, owing to the complexity of dealing with arrests, release, predicate shipping offences and safe recycling matters on a daily basis across countries consisting both signatories and non-signatories.

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