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Diploma in Ship Superintendency

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

Next intake: 6 April 2021

Delivered by tutored distance learning

During the course you will study the following modules:

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1. The Ship Superintendent’s Role and Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the role of a ship superintendent, required skills and
  • Discuss how the shipping industry functions
  • Explain the interrelationship between the superintendent and
    other stakeholders in the shipping industry
  • Introduction to the superintendent’s role
    • Defining a ship superintendent and responsibilities including asset management
    • Marine, technical, general, operations and fleet superintendency
    • The appointment of the superintendent
    • Expectations on the ship’s superintendent
    • Shipowner, charterer, shipmaster, officers and crew
    • Ship’s agent
    • Corporate senior management team
    • Classification Societies, Flag State and Port State Control
    • Shipyards
    • Internal and external stakeholders
    • The good ship superintendent
    • Supervision of operations: being alert and vigilant to spot potential issues
    • Monitoring of vessel’s condition
    • Ship’s staff compliance with management policies and safety
    • Preparing for a superintendency posting
  • The business of shipping
    • Trade, ships and trading
    • The ships and their customers
    • Shipping companies and their owners
    • Commercial relationships
    • Legislators and regulators
    • Underwriters and P&I Clubs
    • Cargo owners or shippers
    • Service providers
  • The management of shipping companies 
    • Traditional organisation and management structures
    • Modern shipping company structures
    • Responsibilities, checks and balances
    • Reasons for changing practices
    • Service providers
    • Superintendent’s role in dealing with regulatory officers
    • Reporting lines for ship superintendents
    • Quality management and the superintendent
    • Key performance indicators for superintendents
  • The human element
    • Role of the superintendent in the manning of ships
    • Adhering to the Maritime Labour Convention
  • Managing new technology
    • Change and its management
    • Areas of technological change for superintendents
  • What if things go wrong?
    • Assessing and managing risk
    • A just culture not a blame culture

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2. Management Skills for Ship Superintendents

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the role of the superintendent in being a manager
  • Analyse the core management and leadership skills needed by superintendents for managing self and others
  • Demonstrate communication skills and the ability to write high quality business reports
  • Corporate culture
    • Internal relationships
    • Customer focus
    • Stakeholder relationships
    • Networking and lobbying
    • Shipboard structures
    • Transition from ship to shore
  • Leadership
    • Leadership in theory
    • Guiding the crew
    • Delegating and prioritising
    • Planning and time management
    • Evaluations and giving feedback
    • New hires and promotions
    • Change management
    • Decision making
  • Teams
    • Teams in theory
    • Applied teamwork
    • Communication
    • Communication in theory
    • Communication in an international environment
    • Effective communication
    • How not to communicate
  • Communication
    • Commununication in theory
    • Coimmunication in an international environment
    • Effective communication
    • How not to communicate
  • Negotiating
  • Managing conflict
  • Report writing and presentation
    • Writing technical reports
    • Giving presentations

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3. Maritime Law

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the maritime legal knowledge required by a Superintendent
  • Explain ship and cargo legal terminology
  • Evaluate insurance issues relevant to the vessel and its cargo
  • Maritime and International Law
    • An introduction to commercial law
    • Why English law
    • Sources of English law: statutory, case law, equity
    • Trade custom and usage
    • Impact of EU law
    • The nature of public international law
    • Contract law
    • Tort of Negligence
  • Framework of liability
    • Contract law
    • Tort
    • Sale of goods and ship sale and purchase contracts
    • Contracts for the supply of services
    • The matrix of trade contracts
  • Marine insurance
    • Marine insurance markets
    • Making the contract and standard form clauses
    • Protection and indemnity (P&I) insurance
    • Additional insurances, limitation of liability and claims and renewals
    • Reporting incidents and emergencies
    • Investigations
    • The legal team
    • Admiralty claims
    • Litigation in the courts and the jurisdiction of the Admiralty court
    • Enforcement of judgments, arrest and freezing orders
    • Provision of security
    • Alternative dispute resolution and arbitration
    • Arbitration, mediation and conciliation

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4. Maritime Conventions, Regulatory Controls and Codes in Shipping

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss how the shipping industry is regulated and how this governs the superintendents role
  • Explain key regulations and how a superintendent accesses relevant details
  • Identify the surveys and certificates required for a vessel
  • Inter-governmental regulation of shipping
    • International regulation
    • The International Maritime Organization (IMO)
    • The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
    • The United Nations Law of the Sea Conference (UNCLOS) and the Law of the Sea Convention (LOS)
    • Codification of the Law of the Sea
    • The International Labour Organisation (ILO)
    • Regional, national and other regulation
    • The role of the Classification Societies
    • The role of the Flag State
    • The role of Port State Control
    • Other groups that influence the rule-making process
    • The role of the maritime industry
  • Safer operational standards
    • Unified requirements
    • Goal-based construction standards for new ships
    • SOLAS
    • The ISM Code
    • The ISPS Code
    • The IMDG Code
    • Minimum safe manning document
    • STCW
    • The tonnage regulations
    • The load line regulations
  • Cleaner seas and environmental issues
    • MARPOL

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5. The Marine Superintendent and the Application of Conventions

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain how the marine superintendent ensures vessel compliance with conventions
  • Identify vessel equipment that needs to be in compliance with conventions and manage certification
  • Evaluate cargo superintendency and vessel stability requirements
  • The role of the marine superintendent
    • Managing compliance with conventions
  • Personnel
    • Certification and verification of documents
    • Shipboard familiarisation, training and safety drills
  • Vessel and operations
    • Seeking approval from the Flag state, Port State, Classification Society, or other government bodies for any changes to the construction or equipment onboard
  • Nautical equipment
    • Navigational aids and equipment
  • Health, safety, security and environmental management
    • The Code of Safe Working Practice
    • Access to holds/cargo spaces and other hazards
    • Risk assessment
    • Company obligations with regard to safety procedure
    • Superintendent’s responsibilities for safety certification
    • The need to be prepared for PSC and class surveys
    • Life-saving appliances
    • Fire protection and appliances
  • Cargo carriage
    • Cargo superintendency
    • Plans and coordinates loading and unloading of ships’ cargo
    • Trim, stability and longitudinal strength
    • Managing heavy lift operations
    • Project cargo handling
    • Preparing reports on the cargo
    • Terminal operations management
  • Reports and records

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6. The Technical / Engineering Superintendent

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the role of the technical superintendent in supervising vessel engineering and compliance with regulations
  • Demonstrate the key engineering knowledge required by a technical superintendent
  • Evaluate methods to ensure that ship board machinery and systems are well maintained and ready to pass inspections
  • Identify the requirements to plan and organise external periodic surveys and communicate with statutory bodies
  • The role of a technical superintendent
    • Keeping mandatory certificates valid
    • Reports and records, debriefing Masters, Chief Engineers and other senior personnel
    • The need to be prepared for class surveys
    • Providing technical engineering advice
  • Marine engineering
    • Construction and arrangement details
    • Naval architecture
    • Knowledge of repairing metal structures and components
    • Marine control systems
    • Materials
    • Hull
    • Machinery and powerplant
    • Electrical and HVAC
    • Other equipment
  • Machinery management, damage assessment and repair
  • Reviewing inspection reports and addressing deficiencies

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7. Newbuilding, S&P, Drydocking, Maintenance, Repair, Conversion and Scrapping

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the superintendent’s role in newbuilding, ship sale and purchase, conversion and demolition
  • Explain the superintendent’s role in drydocking maintenance and repair
  • Newbuilding
    • Supervision of ship construction
    • Representing the owner at a shipyard
    • Change control, inspections, non-conformities and deficiencies
  • Sale and purchase
    • Superintendents’ responsibilities to assist sale or purchase of a vessel
  • Drydocking
    • Preparation for dry docking
    • Scope of work
    • Invitation to tender, tender review and acceptance
    • Working with surveyors
    • Insurance and P&I Club provisions
    • Crewing arrangements
    • Responsibilities
    • When the vessel is entering the drydock
    • Superintending the work during the drydock
    • The undocking procedure
  • Maintenance and repair
    • Planned maintenance
    • Conditional maintenance
    • Unscheduled maintenance
    • Prioritising repairs
  • Conversions
    • Common types of conversion and the role of the superintendent
  • Scrapping
    • Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling
    • Preparing the vessel for delivery to breaker’s yard
    • Owners responsibilities

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8. The Superintendent and Emergency Planning, Management and Response

Learning Outcomes:

  • Evaluate the role of the superintendent in ship emergencies
  • Discuss the superintendents role in emergency planning
  • Explain the process of accident investigation
  • Legal obligations
    • IMO guidelines
    • The implied implications for the superintendent
    • ISM Code obligations
  • Emergency planning
    • Preparation, planning and implementation
    • Shipboard personnel training for emergency situations
    • Communication
    • Procedure for notification of emergencies
    • Identification of potential emergency shipboard situations
    • Establishment of procedures to respond to identified situations
    • Typical emergency situations
  • Emergency management
    • Drills, exercises and safety meetings
    • Planning, documentation and records
    • Safety equipment maintenance and inspection
  • Structure and function of emergency response teams
    • Command centre
    • Emergency team
    • Back-up squad
    • Technical team
  • Handling the media
    • Preparation and planning
    • Crisis management
    • Effective communication management
    • Training and practise

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9. Project and Financial Management for Superintendents

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain how to manage vessel based projects
  • Explain procurement and inventory management
  • Discuss how to devise, agree and monitor budgets
  • Analyse cost control procedures for superintendents
  • Discuss how to manage and report expenditure
  • Project management for superintendents
    • Examples of typical projects
    • Feasibility studies - design, investigations and construction
    • Project and planning principles
    • Roles and responsibilities, leadership and managing the project team
    • Contract strategy
    • Specification and procurement
    • Work breakdown and project scheduling
    • Selection, appointment and management of contractors
    • Risk and delay management
    • Quality management
    • Monitoring and reporting
    • Managing project change
    • Project closure and review
  • Procurement planning and purchasing
    • Spares management strategy
    • Spares and equipment specification
    • Planning for vessel maintenance
    • Implementing requisition procedures
    • Cost effective methods of purchasing
    • Inventory management and distribution to the vessels
    • Expenditure and work costing
  • Finance budgets and accounts for superintendents
    • Basic accounting principles
    • Contributing to devising, agreeing and monitoring annual and task specific financial budgets
    • Monitoring costs against budget and reforecasts 
    • Cost control, payments and managing spend
    • Anti-bribery and Corruption Policy
    • Audits

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10. Special Knowledge for Ship Types

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and explain key shipboard and technical issues for main vessel types
  • Tankers, gas and chemical carriers
    • Overview of liquid bulk carriers and tanker terminology
    • Construction and deck features, cargo and tank systems, cargo safety systems
    • Stability, pumping theory, types, valves and calculations
    • Explosion and pollution risks
    • Identify the relevant regulations from the MARPOL convention and its annexes
  • Gas carriers
    • Overview of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vessels
    • The types of cargo tanks
    • Alternative propulsion systems
  • Chemical tankers
    • Overview of chemical carries and particular risks
    • Classified categories for chemical products, risks that involve human health and risks to the environment
    • The International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk
  • Dry cargo container vessels
    • Overview of vessel types and designs, container types, parts and construction, securing arrangements and lashing systems
    • Hatch arrangements and vessel cell numbering
    • Stability
    • Loading containerships, cargo issues and out-of-gauge and heavy lifts
    • Condensation in containers, infestation and fumigants
    • Dangerous goods
  • Passenger vessels: Cruise ships and ferries
    • Types of passenger ships
    • Cruise ships as a hotel and market factors
    • Ro-Ro passenger, freight, deck configurations and carriage of vehicles
    • Fast ferries: air cushion craft, hydrofoil, monohull and multihull displacement craft
    • Vehicle and cargo securing systems and safe operations on vehicle decks
    • Side openings, bow doors and control of watertight integrity
    • Stabilisation systems
    • Sewage and garbage issues
    • Helicopter operations
    • Security arrangements procedures and awareness
  • Offshore support vessels
    • Types of vessels and platforms
    • Different types of services carried out by offshore support vessels
    • Specialised equipment for towing, anchor handling, seismic and coring
    • Use of dynamic positioning
    • Cargoes carried
  • Superyachts
    • Safety consideration onboard large yachts
    • Surveying and insurance of superyachts
    • Requirements for the survey of yacht machinery
    • Hull fittings, propulsion and corrosion
    • Diesel / electric drives
    • Working with owners and guests

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11. Case Study: Topical Issues in Ship Superintendency

Learning Outcomes:

  • Integrate learning from across the course to a topical case study situation
  • Produce a detailed and well-structured business report

The case study employs learning from throughout the programme to topical and relevant industry issues that impacts on superintendents.

I found the course very useful and the materials loaded with detailed information. The entire literature is very good for daily consultation in my work

Past student