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Certificate in Ship Registration

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

Starts 3 March 2021

Delivered by tutored distance learning

Certificate in Ship Registration

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.

When: 3 March 2021
Where: Delivered online with the support of leading industry experts
Duration: 12 weeks
Qualification: Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Professional Development Certificate

Ideal for:

  • 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

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.

"This course could not have come at a better time as it has given me more depth and knowledge of ship's registration."

                                                    Tunji Coker - Senior Shipping Manager, Sierra Leone Maritime Administration


  • Background and Development of Ship Registration
  • The Flag State and Registry in Shipping
  • Flag State Requirements, Duties and Management
  • Factors Influencing Choice of Registry
  • Flags of Convenience
  • Ship Registration and Port State Control

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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Ed Watt, Partner, Addleshaw Goddard LLP

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 200 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.

"It's very interesting, enjoyable, and I now fully understand what ship registration is all about."

                         Cathy Talua Indu - Deputy Registrar of Ships, Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration

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