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P23MA04SGON Diploma in Maritime Law
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Diploma in Maritime Law

Starting 27 November 2023
Delivered by digital learning over 12 months

Developing vocational knowledge and understanding of key aspects of maritime law to enhance your career progression in the maritime industry. Accessible for non-legal professionals!

In Partnership with North Kent College

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Describe and identify the key concepts in international maritime law.
  • Describe and identify the legal framework surrounding the maritime industry, which include international convention, statutory/common law obligations and regulations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the private law aspects of maritime law, including admiralty and arrest, carriage of goods by sea, charter parties, bills of lading, marine pollution and oil spills, collisions, groundings, wreck and pilotage.
  • Discuss the rules on shipowners’ limitation of liability, and how to manage and resolve maritime disputes.
  • Evaluate and identify effective methods of dispute resolution.

About the Course

The Diploma in Maritime Law from North Kent College in partnership with Lloyd’s Maritime Academy delivers a detailed understanding, commercial awareness and practical application of the main principles and concepts that make up maritime law and which may impact day to day work in the maritime industry.

Those in the maritime industry often face legal issues that have international dimensions because the ship, its ownership and/or crew are usually multi-national. The legal issues arising are often complex so it is important to understand how best to tackle and what can be achieved.

For those working in the maritime industry, whether ashore or afloat, this course is the ideal solution for building your knowledge of maritime law and how it impacts on your work.

Who should study this programme?

Ideal for
The Diploma in Maritime Law is ideal if you need to develop your understanding of the wide range of concepts of law that are crucial for those in the maritime industry. The course is designed for anyone with an interest in legal practice relating to maritime issues, particularly:

  • Shipping company personnel
  • Ship and Crew Managers
  • Vessel based officers and crew
  • Government advisors
  • Port officials
  • Marine Surveyors
  • Finance and investing professionals

How you will learn
This course is broken down into manageable modules, designed to accelerate your learning process through diverse learning activities:

  • Work through your instructional material online
  • Interact with your peers and learning facilitators through the online forum to discuss subject related issues and to network with your fellow learners
  • Investigate relevant, real-world case studies
  • Apply what you learn each week to ongoing project submissions

Course Leader

Melis Ozdel

Melis is an expert in Shipping, International Trade Law, Conflict of Laws and Jurisdiction and International Commercial Arbitration. She is the specialism convenor for Maritime Law studies at UCL, and director of the UCL Centre for Commercial Law. Alongside her academic life, Melis is also a consultant lawyer at Birketts LLP, and she takes instructions on legal matters in these fields, including:

  • Charterparty disputes
  • Cargo claims (under bills of lading or other types of transport documents)
  • Commodities trading
  • International sale of goods
  • Letters of credit
  • Marine Insurance
  • International commercial arbitration
  • Sale of ships
  • Shipbuilding contracts

Melis is the editor and co-author of Commercial Maritime Law (2020, Hart Publishing), author of Bills of Lading Incorporating Charterparties (2015, Hart Publishing) and co-author of EU Transport Law (2016, Hart-Nomos-Beck). She is also the founder of the UCL Autonomous Shipping Project, which was launched in a bid to start an open and diverse debate on the future of autonomous shipping from a legal perspective. The project has a website (

At UCL, Melis convenes the two core shipping modules, carriage of goods by sea and international trade law, and co-convenes the international arbitration law module. She also delivers seminars to legal professionals and those working in the shipping and trade industry.

Melis is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a supporting member of the LMAA (London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association), and a member of the CMI (Comite Maritime International) Working Group on Unmanned Vessels.

North Kent College


The National Maritime Training Centre is based on the River Thames at Gravesend and is part of North Kent College. Formerly the Gravesend National Sea Training College, the Centre has a long heritage in the training of seafarers and shore-side personnel and remains a major provider of education and training services to the maritime industry. The Centre is approved by the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency to issue STCW certificates of competency.

The College is at the forefront of the provision of further and higher education in the south east of England. It caters for more than 4,500 full-time students across two main campuses, with a wide variety of academic and vocational courses, as well as professional education and training via short courses, part-time study or distance learning. Full-time and part-time higher education programmes and foundation degrees are delivered via a partnership with the University of Greenwich.

The College is committed to helping students to achieve their ambition – whether they wish to gain their first job, achieve high-level professional qualifications, change career or prepare for their next promotion. The College takes pride in working in partnership with industry to provide the correct mix of knowledge and practical skills that are required to sustain the workforce.

The North Kent College is a partner of Lloyd’s Maritime Academy in delivering this course and manages assessment, quality assurance and the award of the professional development Diploma.


Module 1
Introduction to Maritime Law

The course starts with an introduction which explains the wide scope of maritime law, which is then expanded in the later modules. It considers the body of law governing marine commerce and navigation, the carriage at sea of goods, and marine affairs in general; the rules governing contract, tort, and workers’ compensation claims or relating to commerce on or over water.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss and identify the main concepts of maritime law.
  • Identify the main legal framework governing maritime commerce and affairs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the relevant contract and tort law principles applicable to maritime commerce and affairs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how contracts are entered into and the rights and duties of agents and brokers.
  • Discuss and identify the rules governing workers’ compensation claims and jurisdiction.

Indicative Structure:

  • History of Maritime Law
  • Legal Concepts
    • Contracts
    • Tort
    • Liability
    • Responsibilities
  • Maritime Law
  • Admiralty Law
  • Jurisdiction
  • Application of English Law
  • International and National Interests in Maritime Law
  • The Flag State vs The Port State
  • Class vs Customer “Vetting”
  • Limitation of Liability
  • Vessel Ownership and Operation
    • Regulation
    • Classification
    • Finance / Mortgages
    • Registration
    • Shipowner Obligations
    • Chartering
    • Carriage of Goods by Sea
    • Ship and Port Agents
    • Ship and Crew Management
    • Pilotage and Towage
    • Collision and Salvage
    • Health and Safety
    • Pollution
  • Example Issues, Disputes and Remedies

Module 2
International Conventions, Regulation and Compliance

Module two explores the key conventions and regulations that impact on the operation of the maritime industry, how they are set and how compliance is achieved.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss and identify the key conventions and regulations applicable in the maritime industry.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the implications of the key conventions.
  • Discuss and identify the remedies for non-compliance.

Indicative Structure:

  • International
    • United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)
    • International Maritime Organization (IMO)
    • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Regional
    • European Union (EU)
  • National
  • Key Conventions and Regulation
    • STCW
    • SOLAS
    • MARPOL
    • Tonnage / Load Lines
    • Ballast Water
    • Others
  • International Codes of Practices
  • Enforcement

Module 3

The module explores the two main forms of charterparty, namely voyage and time charterparties, entered into between a shipowner and a “charterer”. It discusses the rights and responsibilities of shipowners and charterers, and how any subsequent dispute between them are settled in the courts of law or other forum (e.g. arbitration).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss and identify main forms of charterparty and the key provisions contained in such contracts.
  • Discuss how the sea carriage risks are allocated between shipowners and charterers under charterparties.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding some of the key issues in time and voyage charterparties.

Indicative Structure:

  • Introduction to Chartering
  • Types of Charterparties
    • Voyage
    • Time
  • The Fixing of Ships for Charter
  • Charterparties
  • Rights and Obligations
  • Implied Common Law Rules Applicable to
  • Charterparties
  • Selected Issues in Voyage Charterparties
    • Freight
    • Lien
    • Laytime
    • Demurrage
  • Selected Issues in Time Charterparties
    • Speed
    • Consumption
    • Hire
    • Off-Hire Clauses
    • Employment/Indemnity
  • Example Issues, Disputes and Remedies

Module 4
The Carriage of Goods under Bills of Lading

Module four focuses on the Law of Carriage of Goods by Sea under Bills of Lading and other types of transport documents (such as seaway bills and ship’s delivery orders). This is the body of law that governs the rights and duties of shippers, carriers, and consignees of marine cargo.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss and identify the rights and obligations arising from contracts of carriage contained in or evidenced by Bills of Lading (and other similar types of transport documents).
  • Discuss and identify the legal functions of Bills of Lading and other similar types of transport documents.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of standard form transport documents widely used in the shipping industry.

Indicative Structure:

  • Contracts of Carriage
  • Bills of Lading (their Main Functions)
  • International Conventions Governing Bills of Lading and Similar Documents of Title
    • Hague Rules
    • Hague-Visby Rules
  • Standard Terms in Bills of Lading and in other Transport Documents
  • Cargo Claims
  • Example Issues, Disputes and Remedies

Module 5
Admiralty Law

This module covers the key aspects of Admiralty Law and the rules governing ownership, possession, and physical operation of commercial ships along with workers’-compensation claims arising out of commerce on or over navigable water. It also deals with the rules of jurisdiction and how the courts exercise jurisdiction over all maritime contracts, torts, injuries, or offenses.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss and identify the key aspects of Admiralty Law.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the rules governing workers’ compensation claims.
  • Discuss and identify the rules of jurisdiction and how the courts establish their jurisdiction to rule on maritime disputes.

Indicative Structure:

  • Admiralty Law and Practice
  • Legal principles Governing Ownership and
  • Registration
  • Legal issues arising
    • Towage
    • Salvage
    • Collisions
    • Stranding
    • Arrest
  • Admiralty Jurisdiction
  • The Admiralty Marshall
  • Limitation of Liability in Maritime Claims
    • Example Issues, Disputes and Remedies

Module 6
Ship and Crew Management

Owners can either operate their ships themselves or engage independent third-party managers. Whoever undertakes this role has a wide range of policies to address, which are explored into this module.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss and identify the key regulations and policies on ship and crew management.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of compliance and ethics.
  • Evaluate the risks in crew and ship management.

Indicative Structure:

  • Ship Management
  • Crew Management
    • MLC 2006
    • Employment Law
    • Recruitment and Placement Services
    • Employment Terms / Agreements
  • Compliance and Ethics
    • Money Laundering
    • Competition Law
    • Data Security
    • Modern Slavery
    • Sanctions
    • Social Responsibility
  • Data Protection
  • Health, Safety and Environment
  • Modern Slavery Statement
  • Supplier Code of Conduct
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Example Issues, Disputes and Remedies

Module 7
Marine Insurance

This module deals with the key aspects of marine insurance, covering in particular hull and machinery policies, the governing legislation (the Marine Insurance Act and the Insurance Act), broking and underwriting, claims handling and subrogation.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss and identify the key aspects of marine insurance.
  • Evaluate the implications of the standard form hull and machinery policies and the relevant marine insurance policies on insurance claims.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of brokering, underwriting and subrogation.

Indicative Structure:

  • Types of Marine Insurance
    • Damage: Hull and Machinery
    • Liability: Protection and Indemnity (P&I) Insurance
  • Loss of Hire
  • Crew Medical and Personal Accident
  • Defence
  • The Marine Insurance Act and The Insurance Act
  • The Marine Insurance Contract
    • Terms of the Contract
  • Broking and Underwriting
  • Claims
    • Personal Injury
    • Passenger
    • Employers Liability
    • Claims Procedures
  • Subrogation
  • Example Issues, Disputes and Remedies

Module 8
Ship Construction, Sale and Purchase, Repair and Ship Recycling

When ships are built, purchased second-hand, sold, repaired and eventually scrapped and recycled, there are a myriad of legal issues. This module considers these, along with the legal contracts that are used.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss and identify the standard form contracts used for shipbuilding and ship repair contracts.
  • Discuss and identify the standard form contracts used for ship sale/purchase contracts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the parties’ rights and obligations arising from ship sale/purchase and shipbuilding contracts.
  • Discuss the legal issues arising from ship recycling.

Indicative Structure:

  • Ship Building and Repair
    • Standard Forms Used
    • Rights and Liabilities under the Contracts
    • Selected Issues in Ship Building and Repair
  • Ship Sale/Purchase
    • Standard Forms Used
    • Rights and Liabilities under the Contracts
    • Selected issues in Ship Sale/Purchase
  • Ship Scrapping and Recycling
    • Standard Forms Used
    • Rights and Liabilities under the Contracts
    • Selected Issues in Ship Recycling
    • Example Issues, Disputes and Remedies

Module 9
Maritime Fraud

The module considers the legal use of how the maritime industry seeks to combat all forms of commercial crime, including commercial crime; fraud in international trade, insurance fraud, financial instrument fraud, money laundering, shipping fraud and product counterfeiting.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss and identify the different forms of maritime fraud and crime.
  • Discuss and identify the relevant rules and policies against maritime fraud and crime.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal consequences arising from maritime fraud and crime.

Indicative Structure:

  • Different Forms of Maritime Fraud and Crime
  • Maritime Fraud and Marine Insurance
  • Maritime Fraud and Technology
  • Maritime Fraud and Sea Carriers
  • Example Issues, Disputes and Remedies

Module 10
Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation

This module considers all key forms of dispute resolution for maritime disputes. It discusses the key features litigation, arbitration and mediation, and the relevant legal framework

Learning Outcomes:

  • Evaluate what form of dispute resolution is appropriate for a particular maritime dispute.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the legal framework of international maritime arbitration and the role of the London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association in maritime dispute resolution.
  • Discuss and identify the legal framework applicable to litigation, arbitration and mediation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the rules for ascertaining the competent forum for dispute resolution.

Indicative Structure:

  • Litigation
    • Advantages/Disadvantages
    • The Legal Framework (Rules)
  • Arbitration
    • Advantages/Disadvantages
    • The Legal Framework
  • Mediation
    • Advantages/Disadvantages
    • The Legal Framework
  • Conflict of Laws and Jurisdiction
    • Example Issues (Forum Shopping), Disputes and Remedies

Case Study

The Case study integrates learning from across the course and applies it to a relevant situation.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Integrate learning from across the course to a topical case study situation.
  • Identify, consider and discuss requirements, legal and business logic, and solutions to a specific requirement.
  • Produce a detailed and well-structured written business report.

Indicative Structure:

  • Discussion about the Facts of the Case
  • Discussion on the Legal Issues Arising from the Case
  • Discussion on the Possible Application of the
  • Relevant Legal Issues

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