Available courses

Lecturer: Mr. Arthur Kearney FICS


Introduction to Shipping provides 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. The course also covers all forms of shipping documentation, ship types, trade routes and ports . In providing an authoritative assessment of global shipping, Introduction to Shipping is suitable not only for personnel within the industry, but also for those in other professions who wish to expand their general understanding of this exciting and dynamic industry .

Lecturer: Ms. Audrey Hughes MICS


There are hundreds of roles in the shipping industry and they all fit into the whole like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. This course describes in detail the vertical and horizontal integration of business, and compares the roles of the shipowner, the charterer, the shipbroker, the agent and the duties of back-office staff. It explains the specifics of charter parties and the various ways in which ships are employed, including the cargoes they carry, as well as the buying and selling of ships.


Lecturer: Mr. Arthur Kearney FICS


Port and terminal managers have had to adapt fast to meet rising demand driven by continuing high levels of world trade. Globalisation is putting port models under increasing pressure to remain competitive in fickle cargo markets . Increasing productivity – through expansion or better utilisation of existing assets – is a must for economic survival. This course considers all operational aspects of port functions, from financing, legal concerns and planning to competition, equipment and marketing.


Lecturer: Mr. Derek Dunne FICS


In an industry as international as shipping, it is impossible for a ship operator to have offices in every port where its ships might call. Instead, ship operators rely on a network of port agents to act as their eyes and ears to ensure the safe and secure running of their ships. As the representative of the ship, the port agent helps keep global trade moving and profits flowing. This course examines in detail this critical front-line role. From the day-to-day duties expected of a port agent and the legal background to the role, to the mass of documentation needed and relationships with principals, Port Agency guides students through this fascinating aspect of the shipping industry.


Lecturer: Mr.  Cyril  Cawley  M.A., LL.B., Solicitor (Admitted in Ireland, England and Wales)


Legal Principles in Shipping Business describes the way that shipping law affects how the industry conducts itself. The course explains the nuts and bolts of charter parties and different types of shipping documentation such as bills of lading and waybills. It also describes the principles and the essential ingredients of contract Law, the role of arbitration in dispute resolution and examines the concepts of common law, case law and precedent and how these contrast with statute law.


Lecturer: Mr. Sean Douglas FICS


‘Liner Trades’ covers the types of vessels operating liner services and their trade routes, and provides a comprehensive description of modern container ship operations and management . Co-operative ventures and consortia within the various service networks are detailed in the course, as are the financial and legal aspects of the trades and various types of documentation involved.