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An Overview of the Shipbuilding and the Ship Repair industry

  • Potential hazards in the yard – worst case scenario
  • Vetting
  • Basic factors affecting safety
  • Accidents and incidents
  • Insurance


  • Ship General
  • Hull
  • Equipment for Cargo
  • Ship Equipment
  • Equipment for crew
  • Main machinery
  • Systems for main machinery
  • Ship systems
  • Electric and automation systems
  • Makers’ list

Ship Repair Work to Hull Machinery (I)

  • Preparing for a routine planned docking period
  • The importance of planning and scheduling
  • Typical types of Ship repair undertaken
  • Routine maintenance in dock
  • Health & safety issues
  • Cleaning and preparation for hot work
  • Access to work site
  • Security issues
  • Principle Ship dimensions and Glossary of terms

Ship Repair Work to Hull and Machinery (II)

  • Steel renewal and repair
  • Blasting and painting
  • Machinery maintenance and repair work
  • Propeller, rudder and stem tube work
  • Security issues
  • Principal ship dimensions and glossary of terms

Project Management

  • Project phases
  • Work breakdown structure
  • Objectives
  • Deliverables
  • Project planning
  • Budgeting and Financial planning
  • Risk management
  • Issue management
  • Configuration management
  • Quality management
  • Project monitoring and reporting
  • Change control
  • Project library

Shipbuilding Yards and the New Building Process

  • The main shipbuilding areas of the world
  • Different construction methods
  • The design and planning stage
  • Ship design
  • Main machinery
  • Auxiliary machinery
  • Build planning
  • Pre-production
  • Production Pre-requisites
  • Hull / unit fabrication
  • Ship construction
  • Fitting out
  • Completion and handover


  • Introduction to English Law
  • The law of contract
  • The law of tort (negligence)
  • Liability in contract and tort
  • Responsibilities
  • Admiralty law and Jurisdiction
  • International maritime law
  • Governmental control of Shipping (UK)
  • The nature of contract
  • Pre-contract consideration
  • Contract standard forms
  • Important contract standard terms
  • Default
  • The Contract
  • BIMCO forms
  • Ship conversion contracts
  • Table of cases

The Docking process

  • Ship and dock preparations, establishing clear communications
  • Physical inspection of the vessel
  • Readiness of personnel, gear and support services
  • Special conditions – damaged, listed or trimmed
  • The deflection plane and critical stages in the docking process
  • Check list of a typical docking procedure

Lay period in dock

  • The Superintendent’s role
  • The yard agenda
  • In the beginning…
  • The venue
  • Weather
  • Coatings
  • Assignment of responsibilities
  • Safety & Security
  • Health & Safety and control of the work force
  • Work flow organisation and multiple work forces
  • Cost control
  • Reporting


  • Weight control and the influence on stability
  • Pre-undocking checks on board
  • Final dock checks before flooding
  • Ballasting and floatation of the ship
  • Safety checks before departure
  • Departure from the dock
  • De-ballast and dock inspection

Special docking situations

  • Unusual and particular ship types – challenges and solutions required
  • Multiple dock utilisation and co-ordination
  • Extreme overhangs
  • Damaged Vessels
  • Jumboising a vessel

Summary of the shipbuilding and Ship Repair Industry

  • An Introduction to the worldwide shipping industry, numbers of ships, cargo moved by weight, volume and value
  • The difference between shipbuilding and ship repair and why yards are different
  • Yard locations and the major considerations in choosing a yard
  • Effects of weather extremes on different yards (heat, humidity and cold)
  • Labour force, skills and management
  • Different types of dock available