Continuing Professional Development

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

This group of stand-alone modules is ideal for those who are seeking to update their knowledge and enhance their career prospects in the shipping industry. As this is offered on a distance learning pattern of attendance, it is of specific interest to international students and professionals with a busy schedule. The stand-alone module is designed for graduates and professionals who seek an in-depth education and knowledge development in the traditional, yet developing maritime sector, but cannot attend regular taught classes. The course balances between advanced academic theories and practical knowledge. Upon successful completion, attendees are expected to excel in their professional career, leading to higher levels of managerial positions in shipping companies and organisations and may transfer gained credits onto MSc Shipping according to University Regulations.


Available Courses

Maritime Economics

During the course of the Maritime Economics module, students will obtain a thorough understanding of micro-economic theory and the factors which affect market equilibrium. The aim of the module is to provide students with the ability to apply the theoretical concepts in a variety of shipping environments including: dry bulk, tankers and liner markets, and the necessary insight to successfully evaluate and forecast the market’s short term freight movement. (10 Credits)
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Maritime Regulations

The Maritime Regulations module aims at providing students with a sound theoretical background regarding the environmental and safety regulations, the various regulatory requirements and the processes involved in their implementation. Students will understand the extent to which the shipping industry is influenced by marine environmental and safety issues and the way in which the respective regulations, influence a shipping company organizationally, operationally and impact its competitiveness in the market. (10 Credits)
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Shipping Law

The Shipping Law module, aims at familiarizing students with International Maritime Law, whilst offering an overview of the national and international framework of shipping, including the contracts commonly used for chartering, cargo transportation and ship sale. The module additionally covers the challenges arising from jurisdiction and choice of law, as well as topics associated with general contract law in shipping. Students will attain an understanding of the mandatory and non-mandatory rules relating to ship owners’ and charterers' liabilities; the rules and laws applicable in various situations including but not limited to environmental damage and oil spill, cargo/passenger liability, salvage, collision. (10 Credits)
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Shipping Business Management

By completing the Shipping Business Management module, students will become cognizant of the unique nature of shipping companies, as well as the role, function and the connection of their main departments i.e. operations, chartering, technical, claims, supplies e.t.c. The module will also help students understand the principles involved in shipping management; a factor directly related to the successful operation of a shipping company. (20 Credits)
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Carriage of Goods by Sea

The Carriage of Goods by Sea module aims at enhancing the knowledge of specific legal topics involved in the transportation of goods by sea and developing students’ ability to critically implement legal issues. Particular emphasis is placed on the implications associated with legal decisions on charter party wording, how and when to apply the Hague/Visby and Rotterdam Rules in contracts of carriage of goods by sea. (10 Credits)
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Chartering

The Chartering module provides a comprehensive framework which enables students to grasp notions involved in chartering procedures, laytime calculation, and charter party clauses. Amongst other things, students will be taught which parties are involved in a chartering procedure (dry cargo and tanker), how to comprehend market reports and freight indices, how to make offers and counteroffers; as well as the details relating to the negotiation procedure. Students will obtain an understanding of recapitulation and voyage estimation, an ability to distinguish between charter party types and common clauses; and draw up charter parties. (20 Credits)
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Marine Insurance

The Marine Insurance module offers an in depth analysis of the basic principles of insurance law, the provisions of related statutes and the case law governing the shipping industry. Having completed this module, students will have acquired the tools necessary for interpreting, critically analyzing and applying the clauses commonly used in the London Market in various insurance contracts including Hull, Cargo, Liability and Offshore Energy. (20 Credits)
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Why Enroll

Key Features

Delivered by an experienced international faculty holding both academic and professional qualifications, we prepare our students by offering content-rich material, as well as a multitude of learning methods and tools, in an educational environment accessible anytime and from anywhere in the world (both on board merchant ships via Infinity and on shore).


Follow the Best

 

Shipping Industry
  • Over 14 million employees worldwide
  • Contributes more than 500 billion USD in the world’s GDP
  • Beyond 2.000 years of Greek shipping heritage
  • More than the 20% of world tonnage held by Greek Shipping Companies
e-Learning
  • Over 120 hours of HD video with English subtitles
  • Specially modified learning platform
  • 48 hours query response rate
  • Plymouth University electronic library access
Memberships
  • Lloyd’s
  • Clarksons
  • Intertanko
  • Intercargo
  • Bimco

Professors


Our Professors are successful professionals in the Maritime industry, while also active in scientific research. This ideal combination provides students with an in-depth analysis of the current issues facing the Shipping industry, through a multitude of case studies which enhance the learning process.

Elias Pavlou
Programme Manager
Alexandros Goulielmos
Module: Shipping Business Management & Maritime Economics
Aristotelis Alexopoulos
Module: Maritime Regulations
Ioannis Voudouris
Module: Shipping Law
Stavros Sfyris
Module: Marine Insurance
Michael Andreadis
Module: Carriage of goods by sea
Panagis Magoulas
Module: Chartering
Ioannis Voudouris
Module: Shipping Law

Courses & Periods

For each of the Continuous Professional Development courses, all applicants that meet the qualifications and requirements, may select one of two enrollment periods:

Course 1stPeriod 2ndPeriod
Maritime Economics AutumnSpring
Maritime Regulations AutumnSpring
Shipping Business Management AutumnSpring
Chartering AutumnSpring
Marine Insurance SpringSummer
Shipping Law SpringSummer
Carriage of Goods by Sea SpringSummer

Tuition Fees

€1,200
per course

Details

Assessment Strategy

For the Continuing Professional Development courses, students are formally assessed through the submission of coursework. The forms of coursework depend on the characteristics of each course and may include the following types of assessments: case study, essay, report, market analysis, project output, valuation, etc.


In addition each course incorporates multiple self-assessment tests. Self-assessment tests are not part of the formal assessment but completion is strongly encouraged as students will be able to monitor and evaluate their learning process and identify areas requiring improvement.

Awards

Short Course Certificate Degree Sample

Advisory Board

The BCA Advisory Board is comprised of some of the leading Entrepreneurs and leaders of the global Shipping Industry. Its aim is to ensure that all academic programmes are in-line with the current developments of the industry.

Mr. George Gabriel
Director of Golden Union Shipping Co SA
Dr. Konstantinos Gkiziakis
ex-Head of the Shipping Department at the University of Piraeus. President of BCA’s Academic Advisory Board
Dr. Georgios Gratsos
Former President of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping
Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos
Chairman of the ‘MARIA TSAKOS FOUNDATION'. Secretary-General Emeritus of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
Mr. loannis Pahoulis
ex-President of the Hellenic Shipbrokers' Association
Mr. Charalambos Simantonis
President of the Hellenic Short Sea Ship-owners’ Association
Mr. Harry Vafeias
CEO of Stealth Maritime INC
Mr. Nicolaos Vernikos
President of the InternationalChamber of Commerce
Mr. George Gabriel
Director of Golden Union Shipping Co SA
Dr. Konstantinos Gkiziakis
ex-Head of the Shipping Department at the University of Piraeus. President of BCA’s Academic Advisory Board
Dr. Georgios Gratsos
Former President of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping
Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos
Chairman of the ‘MARIA TSAKOS FOUNDATION'. Secretary-General Emeritus of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
Mr. loannis Pahoulis
ex-President of the Hellenic Shipbrokers' Association
Mr. Charalambos Simantonis
President of the Hellenic Short Sea Ship-owners’ Association
Mr. Harry Vafeias
CEO of Stealth Maritime INC
Mr. Nicolaos Vernikos
President of the InternationalChamber of Commerce

Testimonials

  • Slide 1

    I decided to attend BCA College as it gives me the opportunity to work and study directly from Latin America.

    My first impressions are positive as the distance learning course is very easy to follow. I downloaded the course material and printed the power point presentations and created a portfolio, which makes it easier for me to follow on a daily basis.

    It’s a great programme to get a better understanding of the shipping industry. The programme allows students to study and work at the same time. This is a great benefit as work experience is crucial for management positions.


    - Max Florez, current student

Testimonials

  • Slide 1

    I decided to attend BCA College as it gives me the opportunity to work and study directly from Latin America.

    My first impressions are positive as the distance learning course is very easy to follow. I downloaded the course material and printed the power point presentations and created a portfolio, which makes it easier for me to follow on a daily basis.

    It’s a great programme to get a better understanding of the shipping industry. The programme allows students to study and work at the same time. This is a great benefit as work experience is crucial for management positions.


    - Max Florez, current student

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