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31st October - 4th November 2016
The Radisson Edwardian, Grafton,

Background to Shipping Winter School

A comprehensive guide to the commercial, technical, legal and financial drivers in shipping

Sessions And Topics Covered Include

360⁰ Shipping View
  • Chairman's Tutorial - Introducing the industry map
  • Market Update - Analysis of the global shipping markets
  • Ship Finance - In today's market
  • Ports and Terminals Sector - Understanding the relationship between ports and shipping lines
  • Oil and Gas Industry - How this interfaces with the maritime industry
  • Classification Societies - Function, role and importance
Legal Framework & Maritime Regulations
  • Interactive Session - Maritime Law explained
  • Interactive Session - Ship registration: What does flagging your vessel mean?
  • Practical Workshop - Time and voyage charterparties
  • Sale and Purchase - Exploring the legal and commercial complexities 
  • Port State Control- Understanding the importance 
  • International maritime organisations and conventions
Ship Management & Maritime Salvage
  • Ship Management - Commercial and operational exploration
  • Manning and Training - Challenges in recruiting crew
  • Seafarers Welfare - The reality of life at sea
  • Interactive Session - Become a ship manager: Reducing ship operating costs
Maritime Security & Marine Salvage
  • Marine Insurance - The current trends
  • Practical Workshop - Ships collide! Accidents and claims handling
  • Maritime Security - Threats, protection measures and legislation
  • Combating Piracy Simulation - Protection measures and best management practices workshop
  • Salvage and Wreck Removal - The reality for marine salvors
Environmental & Future Developments
  • Vessel types - Characteristics and ship design
  • Vessel lifecycle - Shipbuilding, ship yards and ship recycling
  • Fuelling the vessel - Understanding the bunker business
  • Environmental management - how potential regulations will impact the industry
  • Spotlight Session - The role of china in the maritime industry: Implications and forcasts
  • LNG and alternative future fuels for shipping
Highlights From Your A-Z Shipping Course
  • 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

Interactive Sessions

Become A Ship Manager

Examine ship operating costs and make budget changes to increase your revenue

Constructing The Industry Map

Create a map to highlight how the key industry stakeholders are connected and better understand their roles

Practical Workshop

Marine accidents and claims handling. Discuss key parts of maritime law that will come into play as you work through this scenario

Social programme

Site visit - Lloyd’s of London: Marine insurance market experience

Encounter the thrills of the trading floor and discover how the insurance market works through Lloyd’s. The visit includes a presentation outlining the history, structure and present-day activities of the Lloyd’s market. The presentation is followed by a tour of the Underwriting Room, the Loss Book and Lutine Bell.

Networking drinks

Get to know your fellow attendees better and join us for a relaxing drink and reflect on the course proceedings.

Course dinner

Enjoy the complimentary course dinner at a restaurant in the heart of London and network with your course lecturers and peers.

What to expect from Background Shipping

Understand the maritime industry stakeholders, commercial drivers and future trends. Maritime fundamentals training programme - get to grips with the global maritime business.

In-House Training

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