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BTEC Level 5 Professional Certificate in Maritime Management

Description of course

Shipping has become the efficient supply chain network globally in the accelerating growth of international trade. The Maritime Industry and its interface with business is complex and very professional. This programme breaks new ground in examining objectively the salient points of Ship Management, Shipping Operations, Marine Insurance, International Shipping Law and Maritime Marketing. It will enable students to fully comprehend the international environment in which modern ship owners operate and the professional ship management skills used in a competitive environment. No such integrated programme exists elsewhere at sub-degree level and such a pragmatic skills and applications based course will open up excellent employment opportunities as well as providing a favourable degree entrance profile. Read more......

This course has devised to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the maritime industry and its interface with associate industries particularly sea ports. The course fully takes account of new legislation and the changing pattern of maritime industry.

Entry Qualifications
BTEC Level 4 Professional Diploma in International Trade.
Mature students with maritime experience.

Duration of course
The duration of the course is 12 weeks. There are two intakes of students per year in April and finishing in July, and September finishing in December.

There are five subjects:
Shipping Business, Shipping Operations, Maritime Marketing, Marine Insurance, International Shipping Law

Module 1: Shipping Business

1. Aims

At a time of enormous change in the area of global ship management, this module will focus on all the qualities required in a successful ship manager operative in a competitive international market. Particular emphasis will be placed on maritime management skills, the legal and budget driven environment and future trends.

2. What you will be able to achieve at the end of the course

On completion of this module the student will be able to:

a) Comprehend fully all the factors involved in running a shipping company in a competitive environment.
b) Focus particular attention on formulating strategies for ship management.
c) Comprehend International Maritime Organisation relative conventions and those in the process of adoption.
d) Examine the role of International Agencies involved in shipping.
e) Understand the structure of industry

3. Content

1 Ship-owners, operators and managers

Standard Ship management contract (BIMCO Shipman): key functions in ship management and the responsibilities in each area i.e. crewing, technical management, insurance, freight management, accounting, chartering, sale and purchase, provisions, bunkering, commercial operations, finance and administration. Organisational structure (in house, part contracted or fully contracted out).
Geography: Maps showing origins of various commodities and trade routes - tugs - pilots - canals - facilities at ports and terminals - location of same - continents, countries, coastlines - restrictions when navigating rivers and other waterways.

2 General cargo ship layout and structure

Bulk carriers: - cargoes - voyage charter parties - design and constructional details – types of cargo. Ship's capacity (methods of reference -NT GT bale and grain, deadweight, displacement.
Tramp Trades: – voyage charter parties - Ro Ro vessels: time charter -Ro ro design and constructional details - suitability for various cargoes - lane metres. Time charters - requirements of "commercial" surveys including on/off hire, pre loading, draft and bunker surveys – ship damage.
Chemical tankers: - Trading patterns/Chartering/Parcels - Tank coatings and compatibility with different cargoes - chemicals including highly hazardous - crew safety - operational procedures/guidelines - pollution prevention - disposal of washings - ullage and deadfreight
Drydocking: - Reasons for drydocking and procedures
Hull protection: - Paint, sophisticated coatings, sacrificial anodes, impressed current systems.

3 Surveys and classification

Role of Classification Societies: - Importance of class maintenance programmes and surveys.
Approved Planned Maintenance Scheme (APMS) - condition monitoring
ISM code – ISPS code.
Application and audit requirements.
Passenger ships - passenger ship certificates – mca.
Governmant legislation and shipping - statutory certificates - loadline etc., and appropriate surveys. IMO -(SOLAS STCW MARPOL).
Ship registration, marine authority, port state control.
Reasons for registration - choice of nationality of vessel, national flag, open registry and international registries (including "flags of convenience" (FOC).
port entry - importance of associated documents (Notice of Readiness, Statement of Facts, timesheets) - importance of vessel compliance with contract including speed and performance also other contractual requirements.

4 Crewing

Master and his authority: articles/contract - recruitment of officers and ratings - crewing agencies International Labour Organisation (ILO), International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).
Liner trades: bare boat charter - crew containership, TEUs FEUs barge carriers
a) FIXED - return on capital - amortisation - debt servicing
b) DAILY OPERATING - crew, victualling, stores, lubes, insurance, P & I calls (including reserve for deductible), communication, superintendence. RESERVE for maintenance, repairs, spares, drydocking, ship surveys etc.
(c) VOYAGE - port costs (including tugs, pilot, agency fees) load/discharge costs, bunkers, canal dues.
Preparation and monitoring of budgets: - presentation of financial results. Preparation of daily operating costs, budgets and analysis of actual against budget. Calculating 'lay up' decision.

5 Oil tankers - tanker charter parties

Crude oil tankers: - products carriers - different crudes - tank cleaning - petroleum products - IGS COW SBT - cargo heating.
World scale - Tanker charter parties. Economies of size.
Crude: (ULCC, VLCC, Suezmax, Aframax) Product Carrier - US OPA and the role of shore based organisations in notification and contingency plans.

6 Refinery processes - bunker management

Refinery processes and resulting problems: - different fuels - ordering - dealing with suppliers and bunker brokers - checking quantity and quality (analysis schemes and shipboard tests) - choice of bunkering port as part of voyage planning - precautions when bunkering - bunker contracts - use of standard forms e.g. FuelCon - location of main bunker ports.
Machinery: - hull maintenance. Large slow speed diesels - medium speed engines - steam propulsion - fuels and handling revision - auxiliary machinery.

7 Liquefied gas cargoes

LNG: Refrigerated Spherical, membrane and prismatic carriers - part refrigerated/part pressurised carriage - pressurised carriage. Initial and subsequent tank preparation for loading.

8 Voyage planning – reefers

Refrigerated ships and containers: Effects of currents, winds, hurricanes, ice. Weather routeing services including use in charter party negotiations - importance of vessel routing taking into consideration geography, meteorology, loadline zones, canals & waterways.
Voyage estimating: - Route calculation - alternative routes. Loadline and stability issues on maximising cargo lift. Capacity examples - Planning the bunker ports related to bunker cost/cargo benefits. Voyage estimates - Reminder of fuel types - Preparation of voyage estimates - calculation of T/C equiv. Use of Worldscale (and AFRA) for tankers
Example voyage estimates - voyage versus time charter.

Vessel operations: - Cost reduction - interactive roles of the commercial operations department and technical department - importance of complete and accurate voyage instructions - monitoring of loading/discharging

4. Assessment

The main assessment method for this module will be a series of short modular assignments, each focusing on the solution of practical problems together with a final integrated assignment covering all five modules.

Module 2 - Shipping Operations

1. Aims

This module will focus primarily on the day to day operation of a competitive shipping company and on the skills required.Emphasis will be given to the interface with other organisations inherent with multi-modalism.

2. What you will be able to achieve at the end of the course

On completion of this module the student will be able to: -
a) Understand the range of ship types and their cargoes including dangerous cargo
b) Comprehend ship operation and movement/sailing schedules formulation and interface with sea ports
c) Focus on containerisation/multi-modalism
d) Understand chartering practice
e) Comprehend EDI and ship documentation

3. Content

Ship types and their cargoes
Interface of ships with seaports
Ship documentation
Ship operation; freight rates; liner conferences, dangerous cargo
Electronic data interchange (EDI)

4. Assessment

The main assessment method for this module will be a series of short modular assignments each focusing on the solution of practical problems together with a final integrated assignment covering all five modules.

Module 3: Maritime Marketing

1. Aims

In the highly competitive world of shipping services an effective marketing strategy is the key tool in maintaining and developing business. The central aim of the module is to enable learners to apply general marketing principles to the context of shipping services in a complex and rapidly changing environment.

2. What you will be able to achieve at the end of the course

On completion of this module the student will be able to:-

a) Understand fully the market environment in all sectors of the maritime industry
b) Produce an international marketing plan
c) Focus on marketing mix, product development; selling
d) Fully understand the cross culture challenges of marketing deep sea global shipping services in a fast changing and complex environment
e) Understand the role maritime marketing plays in ship management encompassing all its sectors, liner cargo, chartering and tankers.

3. Content

Market environment
Market research led strategies
Marketing mix
International marketing plans
Product development; product life cycles
Marketing controls; budgets; selling

4. Assessment

The main assessment method for this module will be a series of short modular assignments each with a strong focus on the solution of practical marketing problems, with a final integrated assignment in which marketing issues are prominent.

Module 4 - Marine Insurance

1. Aim

The focus will be on the marine insurance market, its structure and the interface with the shipper and shipowner. Emphasis will be placed on the comprehension of the competitive market place, the negotiating skills required, the documentation and claims procedure and trends in the market place, having regard to relevant new legislation.

2. What you will be able to achieve at the end of the course

On completion of this module the student will be able to: -

a) Understand fully the marine insurance market including P&I Clubs
b) Negotiate the insurance of a vessel with a broker
c) Comprehend cargo insurance
d) Process claims and general average

Marine Insurance involves many elements in the conduct of marine/cargo insurance brokerage. Particular attention will be given to emerging trends and implementation of ISM Code and the STCW legislation under SOLAS.

3. Content

The responsibility for insuring the ship and its cargo.
The market for insurance - Lloyds of London and the insurance companies.
The insurance of the ship.
The insurance of the cargo.
Claims and general average.

4. Assessment

The main assessment method for this module will be a series of short modular assignments each focussing on the solution of practical maritime insurance problems, together with a final integrated assignment in which insurance issues will be prominent.

Module 5 - International Shipping Law

1. Aim

The focus of this module is be the legislation governing the carriage of trade/cargo and the operation/management/survey of ships.

2. What you will be able to achieve at the end of the course

On completion of this module the student will be able to:-

a) Exploring shipping law in depth
b) Understand the obligations of a ship’s manager
c) Comprehend Marine Arbitration
d) Be aware of the obligations required by law

3. Content

1 International law and ships

The general principles of English law: contract law; the formation of a contract; express and implied terms; conditions; warranties etc

Admiralty jurisdiction; procedures of arrests; liens applied by the carrier on cargo; maritime liens on the vessel; collision law and related international agreements; international conventions on the limitation of liability; oil pollution liability and the insurance schemes available.

2 laws affecting ownership

Construction and crews of ships: ownership and registration; different forms of ownership; the pros and cons of open registers versus national flag; merchant shipping Acts.

3 the carriage of goods by sea

Carriage of goods by sea: understanding the underlying principles of the law relationg to carriage of goods by sea; remedies and breach of contract; the laws of carriage; the duties and liabilities of common and private carriers; specialised contracts of carriage; an explanation of important common expressions.

Bills of lading: freight, liens and general average.

The Hague/Hague Visby and Hamburg Rules: their incorporation into carriage of goods by sea acts.

4 Laws affecting the running of ships

Charteparties: legal aspects of charter parties; demise; time charter; voyage charter.

Law of agency: special reference to its effect upon shipbrokers, agents and managers.

Jurisdiction: clauses; choice of forum.

5 Principles of insurance

Insurance Act 1906: liability; general average; salvage law.

4. Assessment

The main assessment method for this module will be a series of short modular assignments each with a strong focus on the solution of practical legal problems that relate to international shipping, together with a final integrated assignment in which legal issues will be prominent.

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