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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 10 February 2021

Diploma in Ship and Port Agency

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. 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

When: 10 February 2021
Where: Delivered online with the support of leading industry experts
Duration: 12 months
Qualification: Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Professional Development Diploma, awarded by North Kent College

Ideal for:
• 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

Course Modules | Courses Fees | About Online Learning

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.


  • Ships and the Maritime Environment
  • The Work of the Ship and Port Agent
  • Commercial Relationships
  • Ship Documentation
  • Cargo Documentation
  • What Agents Need to Know about Chartering
  • Port Agency Operations
  • Legal Aspects of Ship and Port Agency and Insurance
  • Finance, Accounting, Credit Management
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Case Study: Current Issues in Ship and Port Agency


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

"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

Course Director

darrell bate

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

Darrell Bate is head of Quality in Further Education and Ofsted Inspector, formerly ship operations professional with Kearvaig Shipping. Having worked as a shipbroker to the Baltic Exchange-based Van Ommeren Marine and as a NVQ trainer, he has focused his career in post-16 education and training, becoming an expert in education quality assurance and performance.

Discover more about Darrell. Read more here.

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

          R.Pinto, LBH Group

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