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Diploma in Ship Superintendency

Comprehensive professional development course covering both technical and management elements of ship superintendency

Next intake: 6th April 2020

Delivered by tutored distance learning

Your qualification in Ship Superintendency

As the pivotal link between vessel, her master, chief engineer, crew and shore, the ship superintendent needs a detailed knowledge of management and marine operations as well as the technical aspects involved in vessel performance. This Diploma in Ship Superintendency has been designed to provide the required knowledge for both marine and technical superintendents in a format easily accessible and applicable as you continue to work.

When: 6th April 2020
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

  • Seafarers aspiring to move into a marine or technical ship superintendency role
  • Early or mid-career superintendents wishing to develop and formalise their knowledge
  • General managers, operations managers and technical assistants of shipping companies
  • Allied professionals with a desire to develop a role in technical or marine superintendency
  • Shipping company personnel requiring an understanding of the work of the superintendent
  • Marine and insurance surveyors, legal and financial representatives working in the maritime industry
  • Flag, Coastal and Port State Officers plus industry consultants who interrelate with superintendents


  • The Ship Superintendent’s Role and Responsibilities
  • Management Skills for Ship Superintendents
  • Maritime Law
  • Maritime Conventions, Regulatory Controls and Codes in Shipping
  • The Marine Superintendent and the Application of Conventions
  • The Technical / Engineering Superintendent
  • Newbuilding, S&P, Drydocking, Maintenance, Repair, Conversion and Scrapping
  • The Superintendent and Emergency Planning, Management and Response
  • Project and Financial Management for Superintendents
  • Special Knowledge for Ship Types
  • Case Study: Topical Issues in Ship Superintendency

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"The course was a great experience, being very helpful for my career and for my overall knowledge. The help from the administration was really satisfying and I will definitely attend another course with them in the future."

                                                           D Paravalos, Maran Gas Maritime

Course Director

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Bharat Hora

Bharat has more than 30 years’ maritime industry experience. He started his career with the Shipping Corporation of India as
a junior engineer before continuing to Chief Engineer with Univan Ship Management, before taking a job ashore as a marine engineering trainer.

Since then, he has lived in various countries such as Canada, USA, Singapore, Australia and India, working in senior management positions for a shipyard, a large ship management company, a marine consultancy and a ship services company. Presently Bharat is a vessel auditor, maritime trainer and new building consultant. He is a Member of the Supply Chain Management Association of Canada and a Life Member of the Institute of Marine Engineers (India) and Institution of Naval Architects (India).

Find out more about Bharat and other course authors

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Best practices for technical ship management
Read Bharat Hora's identification of key best practice measures for ship managers and owners

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"This is an excellent course that opens new views for old things - it is the exact handbook for the superintendent position. Thank you."

                               V Sedykh, JSC "Novorossiysk Shipping Company", SCF "Novoship"

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Continue your studies to Master's level

The credits gained on completion of your Diploma allow you to continue your studies with Middlesex University to gain a postgraduate qualification. You can study an MBA in Ship Superintendency, or gain advance standing onto the MSc in Marine Operations. This continuation route has only been recognised for graduates of Lloyd's Maritime Academy Diplomas.

Read more about the MSc

Read more about the MBA

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Recognised by the The Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors (SCMS) as contributing to an individual member’s CPD requirements.

  • Receive 50% off SCMS membership fee for new members who have completed the Diploma in Small Craft Surveying in the year of application
  • Receive 20% off SCMS membership for existing members who have completed the Diploma in Small Craft Surveying as part of their CPD in the year of doing the course


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