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Certificate in Shipping Business

Study the background to commercial, legal, technical and financial drivers in the shipping sector by tutored online learning

Starts 12 March 2020

Online Learning

Gain a comprehensive overview of shipping business.

The shipping industry is of global importance and this 12 week professional development course thoroughly explores the shipping sector - making it an indispensable course for shipping professionals who want to get ahead in the industry. Delivered by part-time tutored online learning the popular course gives you a detailed foundation to the whole of the maritime industry, including international trade and transport, in six carefully constructed study modules.

When: 12 March 2020
Where: via Online Learning
Duration: 12 weeks part-time

Ideal for:

  • Operations managers, fleet managers and commercial analysts
  • Technical personnel including engineers
  • Investors, lawyers, financial managers and similar professionals working in the industry
  • Suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, customs officers, export managers and retailers
  • Shipping industry employees
  • New entrants

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  • Shipping Industry and the Global Economy, the Markets and International Organisations
  • Development of Ships, Regulation, International Conventions, Ship Manning and Port Operations
  • Ship Finance – Financing, Purchasing and Trading of Ships
  • Registration and Classification, Ship Operations, Revenues and Costs
  • Maritime and Commercial Law, the Carriage of Goods by Sea and Liability
  • Marine and Cargo Insurance, P&I Clubs and the Insurance Market

Learn online with the support of industry experts


Dr. Iliana Christodoulou-Varotsi

Dr Christodoulou-Varotsi is a legal and academic expert with an international educational and professional background specialised in maritime and EU law and policies. She has been a member of the Athens Bar Association (Greece) since 1995 and is currently involved with consulting work, legal education and training (with Lloyd’s Maritime Academy and with an international ship classification society). She is also a certified trainer and lecturer in Greece, as well as an accredited mediator. In her approach to maritime law and policies, Dr. Christodoulou-Varotsi provides a global understanding of legal devices which take into account the operation of shipping in practice.

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"This course was a great experience. It's a great introduction to the business, with a lot of detailed information which is clear and easy to read. It has been very helpful in my daily work and I would recommend it to all interested in the shipping business"

Juan Jose Prado, Commercial Analyst, Orinoco Iron, S.C.S.

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