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Who is This Course Suitable For?

This course is for those individuals wanting to take up a Technical Ship Manager’s position or to learn more about the issues faced in this role. Ideal for experienced professionals wishing to update their knowledge or people approaching this subject for the first time.

12 – 18 months

8 in total

Diploma: £2,950
Certificate: £2,150

Recognised by:
University of Portsmouth

About the Course

This course has been designed to develop and deepen your knowledge of Technical Ship Management. With this course you will gain an excellent understanding of the role of the Technical Ship Manager and in turn learn the skills required to run a ship with efficiency and success.

Module subjects include a range of exciting and challenging topics such as project management, the ship life cycle, financial considerations, and emergency preparation and response.

Course Structure

The course consists of 8 modules, plus the choice of one specialist module. 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.

1. The Shipping Industry and the Role of the Superintendent
  • The function of international shipping
  • International regulation of shipping
  • Flag states
  • Classification societies and the role of class
  • Industry organisations and information sources
  • Shipping company organisation
  • Role of the superintendent
2. Quality Assurance – Safety and Security
  • Quality assurance
  • Safety, security, health and environment
  • Port state control
3. Essential Commercial and Shipping Law
  • Law of contract
  • Law of Tort (negligence)
  • Liability in Contract and Tort
  • International Maritime Law
  • Flag State Law
  • Collision and wreck removal
  • Pollution
  • Carriage of goods by sea
  • Chartering and charterparties
  • Pilotage
  • Marine Insurance
  • Ship sale and purchase documentation
4. Maintenance and Docking
  • Compliance with international convention
  • Classification Society compliance
  • Principles of ship maintenance
  • Planned maintenance
  • Spares control
  • Budgeting
  • Monitoring ship performance
  • Bunkering and bunker quality
  • Vibration analysis
  • Lubricating oil analysis
  • Drydocking
  • Corrosion and paint systems
  • New building specifications, contracts and plans
  • Touch typing
5. Finance Considerations
  • Preparing an annual budget
  • Monitoring cost against budget
  • Cost controls
  • Docking cost budget
  • Purchasing
  • Spares and logistics
  • Monitoring of cost
  • Critical equipment
  • Audit
  • Value Added Tax
  • Bribery Act
  • Anti money laundering
6. The Ship Life Cycle
  • Registration of ship
  • Purchase, sale, take over and delivery
  • Ship recycling
  • Inspections
7. Project Management and Reporting
  • Project phases
  • Work breakdown structure
  • Objectives
  • Deliverables
  • Project planning
  • Budget and financial planning
  • Risk management
  • Issue management
  • Configuration management
  • Quality management
  • Project monitoring and reporting
  • Change control
  • Project library
8. Emergency Preparation and Response
  • An introduction of emergency preparation and response
  • Preparation and planning
  • Communication
  • Emergency organisation
  • Training and drills
  • Media
Specialist Module - Marine Superintendent
  • Cargo Carriage
  • Personnel
  • Marine Insurance and law
  • Accidents and incidents
  • Information capture and reporting
  • Records
  • Chartering
  • Control of operations
  • Trim, stability and longitudinal strength
  • Nautical equipment
Specialist Module - Technical Superintendent
  • Hull
  • Materials
  • Machinery
  • Electrical safety
  • Control systems
  • Technical equipment
Career Pathway

Career path:
Technical managers tend to come from the engineering side of ship’s crew who come ashore, although in recent years there has been a trend to recruit engineering graduates ashore and train them internally to understand shipping.

For a junior position (with experience) £48,000 per annum rising to around £80,000 for a senior position. Tends to involve extensive foreign travel and much time away from home.

Shore-based monitoring and control of all the technical aspects of a ship’s operation. Making sure that the vessel remains properly certificated and maintained such that there is minimal downtime in service.

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 TSMan


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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