Introduction to Shipping

This course, designed by LiberoAssurance Training Team, aims to provide an overview of the shipping industry. It defines and describes all aspects of shipping, the personnel who work in it, the history behind it and touches on the financial side of the industry. It aims to educate and inform newcomers to shipping and those whose jobs require a basic grasp of how the industry works.


Learn the basics of ships and familiarize with the aspects of Ship Management, Codes Conventions and key organisations involved in the maritime industry through our Introduction to Shipping Course.


Aims & Objectives
  • Familiarize delegates with maritime industry and international trade: develop knowledge and understanding of ship, cargoes carried by ships and the commercial use of ships
  • Equip participants with the basics of ship management
  • Provide an overview of the maritime industry’s legislative control, conventions, regulations and insurance


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course participants will able to:

  • Understand the importance of the shipping industry as a global economic activity
  • Learn about main parts of the vessel, differentiate characteristics of cargoes and relate types of cargoes with types of ships
  • Understand the critical aspects in ship selection, purchase and breaking
  • Understand the alternative forms of vessel employment
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge on the methods of ship investment and management for ship owning, registering, insuring and using the ship
  • Know the role of the key authorities and organizations involved in the shipping industry
  • Identify the structure and contents of the key maritime codes and conventions
Who should attend?
  • Personnel within the shipping industry
  • Prospective employees in shipping industry
  • Crew / Shore personnel (entry level)
  • Anyone who wishes to get a basic idea of shipping industry


Available in-house/distant learning? Yes


Created by: LiberoAssurance Continuous Professional Development Training Centre Level 1 - Accredited by Univab


Course Contents
  • Historical Retrospection
  • Shipping today
Key concepts
  • The market
  • Basic Ship Categories
  • Basic Parts of the Vessel
  • Terms & Abbreviations
Ship selection, purchase and breaking
  • Choosing the ideal vessel
  • Ship-Owner & vessel Marketability
  • Methods of investment in shipping
  • Sale & Purchase (S&P)
  • 2nd Hand Tonnage
  • New building Tonnage
  • Chartering
  • Ship breaking
Ship management
  • Ship management overview
  • Crewing
  • Storing
  • Technical support
  • Insurance
  • Operations & commercial
Conventions, Codes and Certificates
  • The international Maritime Organization
  • IMO Key Conventions
  • IMO Key Codes
  • Ship Certificates
Flag states, Class and Insurance
  • Key authorities
  • Flag types
  • Classification
  • Marine Insurance
  • Annex A – Useful Links
  • Annex B – Revenue & Expenses
  • Annex C – Baltic Indices


Exam & Certification
  • Exam on Introduction to Shipping
  • Introduction to Shipping Training Certificate
Teaching Methods
  • Detailed seminar presentations (available for download)
  • Glossary with key terms
  • No. of slides: 172


  • Reading lists and resources available in presentations


Study time allocation
  • Private study hours: 21
  • Trainer contact hours: Availability and competence of instructors upon request
  • Enrolment duration: 90 days (starting from date of purchase)
  • CPD Points: 21
  • ECTS/ECVET Points: 0.7


Assessment methods


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Exam on Introduction to Shipping





On successful completion of the course assessment, participants will be issued with a ‘Certificate of Success’




   100% Online course
   CPD Accredited eCertificate – Global acceptance
   Downloadable course material
   E-learning Mobile App
   Enrolment: 3 months
   Flexible schedule
   Language: English

120,00 € each

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