Professional Course

Certificate in Chartering

12 weeks
Next course start
3 September, 2024 See details
Self-paced Online
12 weeks
Next course start
3 September, 2024 See details
Self-paced Online
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Course description

Certificate in Chartering - A 12-week online programme on legal skills for chartering

For professionals working with charters, an understanding of the practical, commercial and legal frameworks governing charter parties is absolutely essential. With significant losses stemming from the smallest of errors or misunderstandings, comprehensive and practical knowledge in chartering operations offer chartering organisations significant savings.

This part-time, distance training course is designed to cover all aspects of key issues in chartering, legal and practical solutions to problems and techniques for avoiding such problems all together. Upon completion of this course, Participants will have an understanding of:

  • What terms to put into a charter party
  • What not to include in a charter party
  • How a charter party will affect other obligations and contacts.

Upcoming start dates

1 start date available

3 September, 2024

  • Self-paced Online
  • Online
  • English

Who should attend?

This distance learning Certificate in Chartering has been designed to accomodate the schedules of working professionals. Suitable candidates may include, but are not limited to:

  • Charters and ship brokers seeking guidance on drafting accurate charter party agreements
  • Sea faring personnel requiring a comprehensive legal framework for key contracts
  • Professionals working in associated sectors, such as lawyers, insurers, claims handlers and adjusters seeking an understanding of chartering within the maritime industry
  • Logistics, operations and distribution managers requiring a legal understanding of the contracts which affect the shipping of goods.

Training content

Delivered entirely online, this training course will cover the following modules:

Introduction, Market Context and Broking

• What is a charterparty?• Types of charterparty• Commercial context of charterparties• Examples of charterparties used in different trades• Key issues of contract law as applicable to charterparties• Broker’s role in negotiating and fixing charterparties

Time Charterparties I – Introduction and Owners’ Issues

• Trade ‘jargon’ and abbreviations• Owners and time charterers – who are they?• Main features of a time charterparty• Routing and due despatch• Description of the vessel• Seaworthiness and maintenance• Delivery obligations• Customary assistance• Bunkers – supply and liability issues• Obligations to cargo interests

Time Charterparties II – Charterer Issues

• Hire• Failure to pay hire – owners’ remedies• Cargo loading/discharge and description• Use and employment of vessel and indemnity• Cargo claims – Interclub Agreement

Time Charterparties III – Ports and Performance

• Safe ports• Performance

Voyage Charterparties I – Introduction and Owners’ Obligations

• What is a voyage charterparty?• Commercial context• Stages of the charterparty• Vessel description• Expected ready to load/eta• Seaworthiness• Hague Visby Rules• Owners’ lien on cargo

Voyage Charterparties II – Charterers’ Obligations

• Freight• Cargo• Cancelling rights• Loading/discharging• Taking delivery

Voyage Charterparties III – Laytime and Demurrage

• What is laytime?• Starting laytime• Exceptions to laytime• General exceptions• Demurrage and despatch• Laytime calculations• Charterers’ defences

Conflict, Interaction and Resolution

• Bills of Lading• Charterparties v. Bills of Lading• Incorporation of charterparties into bills• Competing charterparties (time and voyage)• Letters of Indemnity• Dispute resolution• Contractual losses – English law


The cost of this distance training course is £1,599 per participant (VAT conditions apply).

For those who qualify, early bird discounts may apply.

Certification / Credits

Upon completion of this course, Participants will be awarded a Certificate in Chartering from Lloyd's Maritime Academy.

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