Maritime Department

The Master’s Prespective

Certificate in The Complete Cargo Journey

Key Feature

Code                               M206

Modules                        4

Duration                       4 months

Registration                 Any time

Teaching                       Distance learning

Credits                           24

Tuition Fees                 $2,800    

The lecture course, “Certificate in The Complete Cargo Journey; The Master’s Prespective” aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the various aspects and stages of a cape-size vessel’s journey. This course will take participants through the entire process of transporting cargo, particularly iron ore, from the loading port to the discharging port, as experienced by the ship’s Master. The course will cover essential topics such as vessel design, market search, chartering, voyage planning, ballast water management, cargo hold preparation, loading and discharging procedures, and the role of relevant stakeholders.

The primary objectives of this course are to: a. Familiarize participants with the economic, legal, and practical aspects of operating
• Cape-size vessel.
• Provide insights into the roles and responsibilities of the ship’s Master and crew during a typical voyage.
• Highlight the importance of safety, environmental protection, and cost-effectiveness throughout the voyage.
• Address the knowledge gap among marine professionals in the various aspects of cape-size vessel operations.
• Promote best practices and raise awareness of recent changes in operational requirements.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
• Understand the historical background, types of cargoes, and design aspects of cape-size vessels.
• Describe the process of market search, sales contracts, and chartering bulk carriers.
• Explain the importance of load lines, prestow planning, and passage planning for a successful voyage.
• Identify the requirements and procedures for ballast water exchange, cargo hold preparation, and cargo discharge.
• Recognize the significance of key documents such as Mate’s Receipts, Bills of Lading, and Letters of Indemnity.
• Explain the roles of P&I Clubs, classification societies, and other stakeholders in the shipping industry.
• Apply the knowledge gained to ensure the safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible operation of cape-size vessels.

1. Introduction and Market Aspects of Cape-Size Vessel Operations
1. Historical Background and Ship Particulars; Historical background of cape-size vessels, ship particulars and types.
2. Commonly Carried Cargoes; Overview of commonly carried cargoes.
3. Market Search and Sales Contracts; Market search and sales contracts, Incoterms and their applications.
4. Chartering Bulk Carriers; Chartering bulk carriers and different types of charter parties.
1. Voyage Planning, Execution, and Cargo Management
1. Voyage Preparation and Load Lines; Load lines and their importance, prestow planning and calculations.
2. Departure, Passage Planning, and Ballast Trip; Preparation for departure and passage planning, the ballast trip and bunkers calculation.
3. Ballast Water Management; Ballast water exchange and the associated conventions, implementation and completion of ballast water exchange, the importance of ballast water exchange for the environment.
4. Cargo Hold Preparation and Loading; Cargo hold preparation and hatch covers watertightness, discharging of cargo residues at sea, pre-arrival information exchange and loading plan, loading procedures and best practices.
3. Documentation, Safety, and Legal Aspects
1. Documentation and Stability; Mate's Receipts and Bills of Lading, document of title and evidence of the contract of carriage, code on Intact Stability and its application.
2. Monitoring and Safety during the Laden Voyage; IMSBC code and its significance, cargo monitoring and liquefaction prevention, preparations for arrival at the discharging port.
3. Discharging and Legal Aspects; Letter of Indemnity and its role, discharging procedures and considerations, P&I Clubs and classification societies.
4. Conclusion and Epilogue; Recap of the entire voyage and its key aspects, the importance of safety, environmental protection, and cost-effectiveness, identifying areas of improvement and addressing knowledge gaps.
4. Project Report
• 3,000 word 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. We will consider applicants without an English certificate but who have relevant working experience or completed a course taught in English.

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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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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