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Diploma in Maritime Law



This Diploma in Maritime Law provides an overall introduction to the variety of maritime law concepts. These course modules cover a variety of topics including salvage, towage and collision, carriage of goods by sea, international maritime conventions, employment at sea, and health and safety.

This course is not an academic test, but more a study of wide-ranging areas that encompass marine law which those working in this industry are likely to encounter often.

Studying for this Diploma is a great way to boost your career prospects. Many students study to develop themselves in their existing role, while others study with a complete change of career in mind.



The course consists of 12 modules. All students are required to successfully complete and pass the module assignments. Diploma students will also be required to sit and pass a final examination.

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This course encapsulates a number of marine law concepts from arrest of ships to yacht insurance. It is not designed to be an academic text for practitioners, but more a general instruction to the varied maritime law concepts. Written in plain English for those within the maritime industry and those who have a genuine interest in how the law affects ships, yachts and those that work in the industry- to those that have a general interest in the subject and how maritime/admiralty law evolved.

This Course has 12 modules

Maritime Course Author - J. Hadley-Piggin

Meet the Course Director

Jonathan Hadley-Piggin

BSc (Hons), MA, Dip Law, MNI, MRIN, ACI Arb, Solicitor

Jonathan Hadley-Piggin is a solicitor and consultant in the marine and shipping department at Keystone Law a commercial law firm based in London. Jonathan attended Warsash Nautical College in Southampton sponsored by BP Shipping, where he gained a Class III Certificate of Competency (Deck Officer). Following time at sea with BP (including during the Iran/Iraq war) he later gained a commission in the Royal Navy and attended Britannia Royal Navy College, then, sponsored by the Navy read for a degree in Maritime Law and Economics at Cardiff University.

In the Royal Navy he specialised in navigation serving in frigates and nuclear submarines before leaving the Navy to pursue a career in law. Jonathan trained with the City firm Stephenson Harwood where, following qualification he specialised in commercial charter disputes, collision and salvage. He later started to concentrate on the leisure sector both in the UK and abroad particularly in the super yacht arena where he is involved in drafting and negotiating a range of build and repair/refit contracts for super yachts for both builders and owners. Jonathan is a regular speaker at industry events and lectures (where he is also a marker) on the MCA Master Yacht qualification course and for the British Marine Federation.

If you would like to complete this as a Classroom based course, click here for more information.

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Supported by:

Keystone Law
Global HR & Payroll Expertise (CESG)
British Marine
PYA - The Professional Yachting Association
Ocean Independence
MYBA - The Worldwide Yachting Association
Marine Society
Lead Yacht Underwriters Limited
IASA - The International Association of Ship Repair Agents