Legal Management and the Shipping Business
Who should attend?

This training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

• Managers from the shipping industry

• Managers from the oil and gas industry

• Jurists

• Technical personnel keen to develop familiarity with international regulations and managerial practices

• Senior professionals interested in updates

• Market newcomers

• Administrators in contact with the maritime industry

• NGOs

5 Days
Programme Overview

This training course will provide updated knowledge and skills to professionals interested in understanding the fundamentals of the shipping business and the legal environment surrounding international shipping. The training course acknowledges the complexity of international shipping regulations; it seeks to familiarize trainees through managerial elements, best industry approaches and practical examples with essential subject areas at the crossroads of shipping regulations and shipping management. This training course will feature:

• Introduction to the shipping business

• Legal framework and management of maritime safety and marine environment protection

• Legal framework and management of the human element

• Carriage of goods by sea and maritime claims

• The shipping business and marine insurance


By the end of this training course, participants will be able to:

• Improve their understanding of the shipping business and how it operates

• Identify key areas in the shipping business which deserve special focus

• Enhance their understanding of shipping regulations

• Identify legal and managerial challenges

• Develop familiarity with current trends in the shipping industry

This training course will utilize a variety of proven adult learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension, and retention of the information presented. This includes lectures with active delegate participation including problem solving and discussions. Several practical examples will be presented, and the focus will be on current best practices. Workshops will include case studies and will be presented with an explanation of practical measures necessary for efficient managing of marine pollution problems. Various examples from real-life practice will be included and combined with video animations to help gain confidence in informed decision making.
Course Outline

Day One: Introduction to the Shipping Business

About ships, international trade, and shipping markets

The practitioners in the shipping business

Ship registration and the role of the flag and port State

Ship finance

Standards regulating the industry (IMO, classification societies, etc.)

Digitalization, connectivity, and autonomous shipping

Day Two: Legal Framework and Management of Maritime Safety and Marine Environment Protection

Identification of risks in shipping (safety, maritime security, cyber-security)

SOLAS Convention overview and recent updates (e.g. Polar Code, III Code, etc.)

Managerial aspects of safety: the ISM Code

Marine environment protection fundamentals - Sustainable Shipping

MARPOL Convention overview and updates

Managerial aspects of marine pollution control

Day Three: Legal Framework and Management of the Human Element

Identifying  the human element in the shipping business

Behavioral elements


The 2010 STCW Convention

The  ILO MLC 2006 Convention

Exposure to liabilities (Company, Master, crew, etc.)

Day Four: Carriage of Goods by Sea and Maritime Claims

Shippers, carriers and interests at stake

Basics tools (charter parties, bills of lading, seaway bills, etc.)

Identifying key questions (e.g. seaworthiness, liability, etc.)

The international legal regimes on the carriage of goods by sea

The Hague & the Hague-Visby Rules

Dispute Resolution (including arbitration and mediation) in the shipping industry

Day Five: The Shipping Business and Marine Insurance

How does marine insurance underpin the shipping industry?  

Key markets (e.g. Lloyd’s)

Key stakeholders (e.g. P&I Clubs)

The influence of English law

The contribution of standards terms – Cargo, hull, etc.

Selected risks (e.g. piracy)

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