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About the Course

This module is intended to provide you with an overview of the shipping industry and give you an idea of where you, as a surveyor, will fit into the industry. The author considers that it is important to start the module by trying to clarify what is meant by the term ‘marine surveyor’. By the end, you should have a better idea how wide the scope of the job/role is in the shipping industry and the variety of tasks that you as a qualified surveyor may be asked to perform.

The online course consists of 1 module that must be completed within 6 months. The module consists of text and charts to help you with your learning with a multiple choice assessment of 10 questions to undertake which you are expected to pass with a mark of 70% or more. On successful completion of the module you will receive a Certificate in Introduction to Ship Surveying.

Module includes

  • Introduction
  • Overview of the Shipping Industry
  • Vessels
  • Cargoes, Passengers and others in the industry
  • The Regulation of the Shipping Industry
  • Commercial Law and International Trade
  • Marine Insurance
  • Ship Management
  • Marine Surveying

Meet the Course Author

Ian Biles

Master Mariner, BEng (Hons), MA, CEng, CMarEng, DipMarSur, RYA Yachtmaster (Ocean), Eur Ing, FNI, MRINA, MIMarEST, MRIN, MSNAME, MIIMS, MSCMS, MHCMM, AMS (SAMS), MEWI

Ian started sailing with his father at the age of 12 and went to sea upon finishing school. He sailed worldwide for 13 years on a range of commercial ships spending his leave sailing yachts around the United Kingdom and in the Mediterranean. Throughout this time, Ian studied for various qualifications passing his Royal Yacht Association Ocean Yachtmaster Certificate in 1982 and Class 1 Master Mariner Certificate in 1984.

In 1988, Ian was recruited by Shell International Marine who sponsored him to return to university and study for an Honours degree in Naval Architecture. He went on to take a masters degree in Business Management.

Ian began his own marine surveying and consultancy business in 1992 at which time he became involved with the International Institute of Marine Surveyors and was subsequently elected as President for a three-year term in 1999.

Ian is possibly one of the most qualified marine surveyors in the business.


Online learning allows you to study in your own time, at your own pace from anywhere in the world. This saves on travel and classroom costs and allows you to fit your studies around your job and progress your career.


While the nature of distance learning is independent study, we recognise the importance of support. Students can contact us at any time during their course for assistance and our team of industry experts are always on hand for advice.


We have over 50 industry experts writing, developing and advising on our course material. We truly believe that allowing students to tap into their expertise and knowledge is of the utmost importance to fulfil your dream career.

If you would prefer to complete this as a classroom-based course, please contact us.


How long do the courses take to complete? What's the difference between a Diploma and a Certificate? Read through our Frequently Asked Questions below to find out the answer.

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