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Starting 6 February 2024

Delivered by digital learning over 12 months

Starting 6 February 2024

Delivered by digital learning over 12 months

A comprehensive guide to issues affecting today's agents

Exploring the agents’ essential duties and obligations to the ship or cargo owner in port, and the vital role they play in the supply chain.


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Diploma in Ship & Port Agency Online Course

Core Modules

  • Module 1 – Ships and the Maritime Environment
  • Module 2  The Work of the Ship and Port Agent
  • Module 3 – Commercial Relationships
  • Module 4 – Ship Documentation
  • Module 5 – Cargo Documentation
  • Module 6  What Agents Need to Know About Chartering
  • Module 7  Port Agency Operations
  • Module 8 – Legal Aspects of Ship and Port Agency and Insurance
  • Module 9  Finance, Accounting, Credit Management
  • Module 10 – Contemporary Issues
  • Case Study – Current Issues in Ship and Port Agency

What you'll learn

  • Analyse the competitive landscape of agency provision
  • Recognise marine industry terminology
  • Classify the types of services offered/required of an agent
  • Describe the agent/principal relationship
  • Categorise how an agent is remunerated
  • Recognise the agents role in relation to this documentation
  • Describe the various INCOTERMS and their impact on the agent
  • Explain the different types of charterparties and their implication on the agent
  • Explain the step by step process of vessel arrival and the role of the agent
  • Describe the elements of shipping and maritime law which are relevant to agents
  • Discriminate between types of revenue and expenditure

Assessed and awarded by North Kent College

Delivered in partnership between the National Maritime Training Centre at North Kent College and Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, the course continues to be the ideal professional development course for existing ship managers, prospective ship managers and for those who work alongside the ship management sector.  

MBA (Ship & Port Agency) - Diploma Continuation

The Diploma in Ship & Port Agency has been academically assessed to provide 60 credits of prior learning accreditation towards a unique MBA delivered in partnership between Lloyd's Maritime Academy and Middlesex University.

100% Online

  • Accessible – 24/7 availability from wherever you have an internet connection
  • Flexible – take control of where, when, how and the rate at which you study
  • Professional – industry leading course directors and tutors
  • Quality – study the same course used by corporations for internal training
  • Network – with tutors and like-minded professionals from around the world
  • Save money – no additional travel or accommodation costs