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Diploma in Ship Management

Essential industry legislation and regulation compliance training course by tutored distance learning

Next intake: 4th November 2020

Delivered by tutored distance learning

Course Authors

Captain John Dickie, BA

Joint Development Associates Limited (JDass Ltd)

Captain Dickie has spent the last 40 years in the maritime industry.  This has encompassed 20 years at sea from cadet to command and on various ship types from oil, chemical and gas including combination carriers, bulk carriers and container ships. John was manager of the Marine Technical Division for a survey company in the middle east which he helped set up, as well as having been a marine superintendent and operations manager.  Five years were spent in an IACS member as head of the ISM Code, which involved being Chairman of the IACS ad hoc Group ISM Code. Plus, liaison manager to the USCG and CEFIC for ISM Code matters on behalf of IACS. John has qualifications in auditing to the following standards, ISO 9000, 14000, 18000, SA8000 and ISM Code.

Becoming a lecturer was an important step and the years spent teaching were most enjoyable. During this time John took the opportunity to enhance his own credentials with various teaching qualifications as well as completing a BA degree in Adult Education. In the summer of 2010 John set up his own company, JDass Ltd, providing bespoke training to companies, ensuring the client requirement is met whilst still meeting the many requirements of legislation within the maritime industry.


Andreas Alexandrakis
Head of Safety and Security, DPA, CSO, Marlow Navigation Co. Ltd

Andreas Alexandrakis is working with one of the leading Shipmanagement and Crew Management firms with his specific areas of expertise being Quality, Safety, Security, Environmental and Energy Management Systems.

Apart from the above, responsibilities have covered various aspects of the shipmanagement sector with experience on cargo as well as passenger/cruise vessels, with range on Maritime Accidents Investigation and Analysis, Crisis Management, Risk Assessment and Change Management.  

Andreas also sits on the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), group CEN/TC 417 for the development of the standard "Maritime and port security services".

He is the editor of the Maritime Cyprus news forum and a frequent contributor to various Maritime forums.

Andreas is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF), has qualifications in auditing to the following standards: ISO 9000, 14000, ISM and ISPS Code and a combined experience of +20 years in the shipping industry.


Susan Hawker 
Adjunct Professor, World Maritime University

Susan is also an Associate Professor at the London Law Centre of the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indianna, USA), and visiting lecturer at Cass Business School (City University), and at HST Akademie Hamburg. She also lectures for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers’ courses, and for the UKSA’s MCA Yacht Masters’ qualification. In addition to her academic work, Susan speaks at and chairs commercial shipping seminars, and undertakes in-house legal training. Susan is an executive member of the London Maritime Law & Policy Group (“LUMPL”), which was established in 2008 as a non-profit making collaborative network of London academic institutions with research interests in maritime law and policy.

Susan speaks at seminars and conferences for the Women in International Shipping & Transport Association’s (“WISTA”), and in addition is academic consultant and examiner for the Grain & Feed Trade Association (“GAFTA”).

She contributes a chapter on International Sale of Goods to the highly successful textbook Commercial and Consumer Law (2nd ed 2013, Pearson Education), and is the author of several module handbooks on International Trade and Maritime Law for distance learning courses offered by Informa plc.


Captain Rodger MacDonald
Chief Executive, Azimuth Marine Ltd, UK

Rodger served initially with British India up to acting Chief Officer. After a year as Flight Planner, he left to return to maritime industry and from 1967 to 1970 was appointed Surveyor of Ships for the New Zealand Government at the Port of Lyttleton. Initially to gain command experience, he took a leave of absence from the New Zealand Government to join Straits Steamship Ltd as Master. He was asked to set-up a new Offshore Supply Vessel in Borneo, which was the forerunner of Ocean Inchcape Ltd. After 25 years of senior management positions within Ocean Inchcape Ltd Captain MacDonald was appointed Director of Faculty at the National Sea Training Centre, part of North West Kent College, an Associate College of the University of Greenwich.

From 2001 until his retirement 2006 he was Director of Maritime Studies at North West Kent College. Captain MacDonald also represents the interests of Ship Masters as Secretary General of IFSMA – a non-governmental organisation at IMO. In 2005, Captain MacDonald was awarded the LSM Lifetime Achievement Award at the Asia Pacific Manning and Training Conference in recognition of his contribution in the sphere of education and training.

Paul Russell
Marine Engineer and Education specialist, UK

Paul completed a traditional cadetship with Cunard Shipping Services. During his career as a ship’s engineer, he served on all types of vessels from passenger ships to super tankers. His sea service also included medium-speed engines powering small tankers, slow-speed engines driving bulk carriers and steam plant providing power for the first container ships.

Following the successful completion of his class one certificate, Paul undertook service as assistant superintendent, after which he was recruited by the National Sea Training Trust to introduce marine engineering education and training into the college at Gravesend. Subsequently, Paul also took time to obtain a Master’s Degree in Educational Management at The University of Greenwich. As Head of the National Sea Training Centre at North West Kent College, Paul undertook the role of Course Director for the Diploma in Marine Surveying run with Lloyd’s Maritime Academy (LMA) and is now the current Course Director for the Middlesex University/LMA MSc in Marine Surveying. During his time at NWK College Paul led the Marine department at the College into the delivery of Superyacht Qualifications and has been an active supporter of updating the IAMI and SQA examination systems. He also authored the Superyacht specialist module on the LMA Superintendency course.

In 2010 Paul started his own maritime consultancy dedicated to the professional development of seafarers. Some of the first projects included; Editor for the publication Marine Propulsion and Auxiliary as well as teaching the Science I & II to a group of superyacht engineers. Paul then worked to complete the business plan for a new multi-million pound marine training and conference complex under development by Viking Recruitment Limited just outside Dover in the UK. Subsequently Paul has completed; a change management strategy for a leading maritime charity, updated two marine engineering books, delivered a teaching program for undergraduates learning marine engineering and provided leadership to an MSc program in Marine Surveying. Current projects include Training Needs Analysis, Quality Review of course provision and support for cadets undergoing their on-board experiential learning.

Nigel L Smith FCA,. FCCA
Principal, The Financial & Management Training Consultancy

Nigel is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He qualified with a small firm of accountants before moving to Coopers and Lybrand as a training manager in 1971. In 1982 he set up his own training practice and has specialised in training finance in the Ports Industry since 1983. He currently lectures to large and small businesses and governmental bodies in the UK, Europe, Africa, USA, South America and the Far East.