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Who is This Course Suitable For?

Shipbuilding and repair courses are for individuals wanting to take up a Superintendent’s role, a position within a yard or to learn more about the issues faced in these roles. Ideal for experienced professionals wishing to update their knowledge or people approaching this subject for the first time.

12 – 18 months

12 in total

Diploma: ÂŁ2,950
Certificate: ÂŁ2,150

Recognised by:
University of Portsmouth

About the Course

One of our most popular courses at the MTA is the unique and exclusive shipbuilding Diploma. This industry-leading online certification will develop and deepen your knowledge of the Shipbuilding and Ship Repair sector. With this innovative shipyard course, you will gain the essential skills and knowledge required, enabling you to successfully run and manage the building and repair process.

Module subjects include an array of challenging topics such as the docking process, specifications and docking incidents and accidents, alongside other essential subjects such as an introduction to the shipbuilding and ship repair industry, contracts and project management.

Course Structure

The course consists of 12 manageable modules all of which combine the elements of shipbuilding and ship repair, specifications, ship repair work to hull machinery, the docking process and much more. As part of this maritime course, there will be module assignments, all students are required to successfully complete and pass all module assignments. To successfully pass the Diploma in Shipbuilding and Ship Repair, students will also be required to sit and pass a final examination.

1. 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
2. Specifications
  • 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
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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
7. Contracts
  • 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
8. 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
9. 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
10. Undocking
  • 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
11. 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
12. 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
Career Pathway

Career path:
Tend to start in lower positions in a ship or boat yard and work upwards, although some yards have management entry level schemes.

From a starting point of basic minimum wage rising to ÂŁ35-45K per annum for a middle level manager.

Can involve any aspect of shipbuilding or ship repair in any one of the numerous trades involved in shipbuilding and repair.

Meet the Course Director

Ian Biles

Managing Director at Maritime Services International

Ian has led MSI to become one of the world’s leading surveying companies. Ian’s qualifications include: Master Mariner, RYA Yachtmaster Ocean, Naval Architect (BEng Ship Science) and Business Management (MA Business Management).


On passing the Diploma, you will receive the above icon. Please use it on your business cards, LinkedIn profile and website(s)!

You can also use these letters after your name: MTA Dip SBR


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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