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9 - 13 November 2020

Background to Shipping Training Course

5 days of expert insights. 2 exclusive site visits. Everything you need to know about shipping.

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An A-Z Guide to the Shipping Industry

Market landscape
  • Analysis of the global shipping markets
  • A deep dive into global trade economics
  • Latest update on sanctions

Regulatory updates
  • An understanding of key regulations such as 2020 Sulphur Cap, SOLAS, STCW
  • The role and importance of classification societies
Shipping operations and technology
  • Understanding the bunker business
  • Future fuels for shipping
  • Salvage and wreck removal operations
  • Digitalisation and cyber crime in the shipping industry
Law and finance
  • Interactive session on maritime law - conventions, bills of lading and fundamental legislation 
  • Legal complexities of sale and purchase
  • Key aspects of time and voyage charterparties
  • Introduction to marine insurance
  • How to finance a ship in today's market
Interactive sessions and site visits
  • London Container Terminal (Tilbury Port) tour on day 1
  • Tour of the IMO Headquarters on day 5
  • Interactive session on maritime law explained
  • Combating piracy simulation
  • Chairman's tutorial: creating an industry map of the stakeholders

Dig deeper into the key aspects of shipping

Commercial: Analyse the global shipping markets and assess where the potential opportunities lie for your business

Technical: Examine the vessel life cycle and get to grips with the basic principles of ship design

Financial: Calculate the different options for financing ships in today's market

Legal: Assess the fundamental maritime laws and contractual obligations

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Background to Shipping in numbers

professionals have benefited from the course already
expert speakers
interactive sessions and workshops

Who should attend?

This course is ideal for those who have recently joined the maritime sector and those who need to have a better understanding of the entire stakeholder relationship in the sector.

This introductory level course is relevant to:

  • Maritime graduates and academics
  • Maritime authorities
  • Shipowners
  • Maritime lawyers 
  • Marine insurers and financiers 
  • Maritime technology specialists
  • Maritime engineering contractors
  • Port and terminal owners and operators

Organisations in Attendance

Previous attendees have included representatives from a diverse range of companies and organisations within the maritime sector.

Take your career further

The Background to Shipping Training Course is now officially CPD-accredited. Those attending the training will be able to claim a CPD certificate for their learning and networking activities.

For more information on the CPD accreditation, credits and how to claim your certificate,  please email

What to expect from Background to Shipping

Understand the maritime industry stakeholders, commercial drivers and future trends. 

Maritime fundamentals training programme – get to grips with the global maritime business.

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