Maritime Department

Certificate in Carriage of Goods by Sea

Key Features

Code                               M204

Modules                        5

Duration                       5 months

Registration                 Any time

Teaching                       Distance learning

Credits                           30

Tuition Fees                 $2,800    

The Certificate in Carriage of Goods by Sea has been designed in order to provide the necessary knowledge to people who are willing to work in shipping industry or to people who work in maritime sector and willing to improve their shipping and maritime knowledge.

The program’s goals is to equip students with a thorough knowledge of aspects of the maritime business to enable them to fulfill the requirements to enter within the maritime world and its associated industries. To achieve this purpose, the program offers its students a unique blend of professional and academic courses. Students after this program will become rapidly adaptive to the needs of employers and to respond appropriately and imaginatively to emerging issues in a dynamic industry.

Learning Outcomes
This course will equip the students with a strong background in the standard core curriculum of business administration subjects. Also, it will provide an innovative, “hands-on” approach to instruction directed by dedicated faculty composed of experts in their fields and to provide a good grounding for variety of careers in range of management functions.

At the end of this program the students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the field of shipping and maritime management, structure and operation; to describe the functions of shipping companies, to understand the role of international organizations and Associations, to identify and describe the major issues in the port management, handling of cargoes and documentation involved. At the end of this program the student will be comfortable with the main Maritime Terminology. Also, they will know the standard form contracts, the shipping documents and the Key International Conventions of the IMO, they will develop their capacity for independent learning and continuing professional development as well as they learn scientific writing skills.

1. Introduction to Shipping
• Shipowning Company’s Departments, Maritime jobs
• Nautical terminology, Parts of the ship
• Shipping terminology, Letter of Indemnity, Ship’s tonnage (weight, displacement, capacity)
• Vessel’s port expenses, Agency services, Port tariffs/dues
2. Voyage Charter, Laytime 1-2
• Introduction to Charter Parties and Bills of Lading, Freight and Hire, Implied udertakings (seaworthiness/cargoworthiness, reasonable dispatch, deviation, dangerous goods)
• Voyage Charter, Wording and Clauses of the Charter Party, Printed text, Riders, Addendum, Main bodies issuing charter parties
• Laytime 1, Duration of laytime (definite, calculated, indefinite), Commencement of laytime, Statement of Facts
• Laytime 2, Interruption of laytime (weekends/holidays, shifting, strikes, breakdowns), Cessation, Calculation of laytime, Demurrage, Damages for detention
3. Laytime 3, Bill of Lading, Time Charter 1
• Dispatch (working time saved and all time saved, average and reversible laytime, tanker laytime)
• The Functions of the Bill of Lading (receipt of cargo, evidence of the contract, document of title), Types of Bill of Lading, Electronic Bill of Lading
• Hague Rules, Hague/Visby Rules, Differences between Hague Rules and Hague/Visby Rules, Carriers’ and Shippers’ responsibilities, Case studies, Hamburg Rules, Rotterdam Rules
• Time Charter 1, Time charter trip, The vessel (cargo capacity, speed and bunker consumption, ship’s fouling, dry docking-maintenance), The trade (geographical limits, safe ports), The cargo (restrictions and exclusions of cargoes), The period, Delivery and redelivery
4. Time Charter 2, Case Studies. Shipowner’s Liability, General Average
• Time Charter 2, the payment of hire, off-hire, Allocation of costs (Master’s position, customary assistance, costs for shipowners’ and charterers’ account), Cargo liability of shipowners and charterers, Damage to the vessel
• Case studies on the Carriage of Goods by Sea: Employment and Indemnity clause, Meaning of safe port, Explanation of the use of the Law Reports and Lloyd’s Law Reports
• The exclusion of liability (Common Law, express terms of the contract, by statute), Limitation of Liability (parties covered, types of claims covered, limitation amount, the burden of proof). General Average, sacrifice of cargo, sacrifice of ship or tackle, sacrifice of freight
5. Project
• 3,000 words Project Report

Entry Requirements

High School diploma.

English language: GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

Basic Information Technology skills.

Efficient way of study 

Every video-lecture is supported by
a text-book which consists of the
speech-text and the Power Point presentation

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Worldwide telematic study. No need to attend physically in the class. You watch the lectures in video form, any time you would like and many times as you need. The speech of every video lecture is written in text form, by including the figures and the highlights of the lecture. You interact with the lecturers and tutors in electronic form.

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Assignment & Project


Final viva (live video)


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Career - Maritime Jobs

Academic staff consisting of professionals with significant career at sea and generally in the shipping industry, being in collaboration with special academic personnel highly expertize in business and the international maritime affairs. Below are the maritime jobs, that our courses prepare you.


Our students, regardless their professional origin and their academic level, acquire the necessary knowledge which gives them the opportunity to get an outstanding job position in shipping and rise to the highest levels of the maritime industry.  

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