Shipping Course


15th – 26th July 2024

Ashridge House

Course duration
9 Working Days

Deadline for application
31st May 2024

Course fees include all learning materials, meals and accommodation.


We believe that a good education is the foundation of your career.

The Shipping Course, established in 1970, offers the opportunity for you to explore the broader shipping industry, whilst gaining a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of key subjects at the same time. Having run over 50 times, this is testimony to the Shipping Course’s ongoing success in delivering a high-calibre shipping education.

The lectures are delivered by practising shipping professionals who have been carefully selected for their skills and expertise.

The combination of a theoretical framework, together with valuable practical workshops and networking opportunities round off the experience and makes the Shipping Course truly unique and dynamic.

The course is designed for new entrants to the shipping industry, professionals moving into the shipping industry and professionals currently working in shipping who are looking to expand their industry knowledge.

Previous attendees have included:

  • Charterers
  • Owners
  • Shipyards
  • Operators
  • Lawyers
  • Traders
  • Analysts
  • Agents
  • Finance Professionals
  • Insurers
  • Seafarers


Overview of Modular Programme

The Shipping Course consists of five main modules, each building on and complementing the other. This structure allows delegates to gain a holistic overview of the maritime industry. The lectures in each module have been thoroughly planned so that course participants will gain a deep insight into each specific topic. In addition to lectures, workshops will enable delegates to bring theory to life and to practice and develop their newly learned skills.

Module 01: Shipping Foundations
This module lays the foundations upon which delegates will build. The sessions will provide a basic understanding of the ship and shipping as a business.

Module 02: Shipping Industries
These sessions will underpin the fundamentals of several key market segments. Lecturers will provide up-to-date market overviews and will cover areas including tanker, dry cargo, gas, container shipping and more.

Module 03: Shipping Markets
The delegates will focus on various aspects of the shipping markets such as voyage estimations, chartering negotiations, forward freight agreements, sale & purchase activities and vessel recycling. Several workshops and competitions enhance the learning process.

Module 04: Ship Management & Operations
Attention will be given to managerial and operational issues including financing, insurance and P&I cover. The delegates will also follow the voyage of a ship to gain an understanding of practical onboard operations. A series of lectures will also consider the legal framework underpinning the shipping markets.

Module 05: The Future & Environmental Challenges
The final module will explore important regulatory issues and their potential effects on future vessel design. An exploration of future trends in the new building market and a consideration of the environmental challenges facing shipping rounds off the course.

Delegates are encouraged to draw upon their own industry experience, therefore sharing and enriching each other’s experience and learning on the Shipping Course.

For further enquiries about the Course, to receive a sample of a detailed timetable or enquire about a multi-delegate discount for delegates from the same organisation, then please email the Shipping Course Team: [email protected]

To set up your account and secure your space on the Shipping Course please use the ‘Add to cart’ button and follow the instructions.


The course is held at Ashridge House, a stunning neo-gothic building, situated in beautiful grounds outside of the town of Berkhamsted, only a 35 minutes train ride from London.


Accommodation Each delegate will have their own bedroom with ensuite bathroom, TV, telephone, WI-Fl.


Leisure periods are programmed into each day so you can take advantage of the superb facilities at Ashridge House, including tennis, squash, golf, swimming, fitness room, gardens and woodland walks.



Berkhamsted Station is approximately 4 miles (6km) from Ashridge House. Trains from London Euston take approximately 35 minutes.


Luton – 30 mins by car
Gatwick – 90 mins by car
Stansted – 75 mins by car
Heathrow – 60 mins by car

Please use the postcode HP4 1NS to find Ashridge House using your GPS. There is ample on-site parking.

For more details on the venue please visit:

More Information

For further enquiries regarding the Course, to receive a sample of a timetable or enquire about a multi-delegate discount, please email the Shipping Course Team:

[email protected]
+44 (0) 20 3667 2153

Delegate places are limited so booking early is highly recommended.