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About the Course

This unique course will provide you with essential knowledge needed to help prepare you for the unexpected. 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 and 12 multiple choice questions 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 Maritime Emergency Preparation and Response.

Module includes

  • An introduction to emergency preparation and response
  • Preparation and planning
  • Communication
  • Emergency organisation
  • Training and drills
  • Media
  • Appendix 1 – IMO guidelines on the control of ships in an emergency
  • Appendix 2 – A self-assessment guide to check the contents of an emergency plan
  • Appendix 3 – Casualty information
  • Appendix 4 – Crisis management and communications

Meet the Course

​Ian Biles

Master Mariner, B.Eng(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 as a result went to sea upon finishing school. He sailed worldwide for 13 years on a range of commercial ships and spent his leave sailing yachts around the UK and in the Mediterranean. Throughout this time Ian studied for his commercial qualifications and he passed his Class 1 Masters Certificate in 1984.

Subsequently Ian was recruited by Shell International Marine whereupon he returned to University to take an Honours degree course in Naval Architecture working in the new building and survey departments during university holiday periods. On completion of the degree Ian was sent to Japan for new building experience. Following this he went on to take a Masters degree in Business Management.

Ian began his own marine surveying and consultancy business in 1992. Since that time he has attended numerous shipyards throughout the world for new building, ship repair and ship conversion including extended periods in both Singapore (Jurong) and Dubai (Dubai World) together with dockings in Mexico, Romania, Turkey, China, Bulgaria, Greece, UK, Germany, France, Egypt, Malta, Bahamas, Poland,Spain and Portugal. Ian has been involved in investigating numerous ship casualties including collisions, groundings and fires.


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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