Fully Accredited Program International Shipping Contracts and Maritime Law

International shipping underpins over 90% of global trade, with over 50,000 merchant vessels facilitating immense volumes of multifaceted contracts and complex international maritime law. Given the intricacies of maritime trade, these legal documents have evolved into complex instruments with abundant clauses delineating liabilities, terms, and accountabilities between parties. Skillful management of these complexities is essential for the seamless progression of global shipping and trade.

This intensive certification program will provide maritime professionals with comprehensive insights in the complex field of international shipping contracts and maritime law compliance. Participants will gain in-depth knowledge on drafting watertight shipping contracts that align with international regulations and protect organizational interests. The program will examine the key provisions of charter party agreements, ocean carrier cargo contracts, multimodal transport documents, and other shipping transactions. Professionals will learn contractual best practices related to rights, responsibilities, liabilities, dispute clauses, and more while developing skills for negotiating favorable shipping terms.

Additionally, this program will explore complex multijurisdictional issues that frequently arise in international maritime disputes. Professionals will acquire strategies for handling conflict of law matters, litigation and arbitration across borders, international treaty obligations, and cases of multinational claimants or defendants. Participants will also master admiralty law fundamentals and topics like vessel arrest procedures, maritime liens, cargo damage claims, limitation of liability, and insurance disputes.

Upon completion, you will attain the Certification in International Shipping Contracts and Maritime Law. This distinguished certification will substantially augment your professional credentials, showcasing your proficiency in the management of various shipping contracts and managing legal aspects of global maritime trade, establishing your status as a subject matter expert within the field. Globally recognized, this industry-respected certification remains valid for your entire career and signifies your proficiency and commitment to excellence in the maritime industry.

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This program will entitle you:

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  • Experience 3 days of instructor-led live program and gain an in-depth understanding of different shipping and maritime contracts designed to deepen your understanding and practical skills in maritime law and commerce.
  • Gain expertise in drafting watertight charter parties, bills of lading, cargo contracts, and maritime transactions.
  • Understand international maritime regulations to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Attain the industry-recognized Certification in International Shipping Contracts and Maritime Law. This certification will offer a testament to your proficiency in navigating the complexities of maritime agreements, interpreting Bills of Lading, and ensuring regulatory compliance across borders, affirming professional proficiency and credibility in the global shipping industry.
  • For inquiries, chat with our Program Advisers at [email protected] or call us at
    • Singapore and Asia Pacific: +65 6716 9980
    • Australia and New Zealand: +61 3 9909 7310
    • UK, Europe and Middle East: +44 (020) 335 57898
    • USA: +1 888 745 8875



This program is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Professional Certifications, which maintains the governing standards for all professionals who have completed this program.

The content of this program has been fully certified and accredited by CPD Certification Service as conforming to Continuing Professional Principles. CPD is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the Continuing Professional Development policies of professional institutes and academic bodies. The CPD Certification Service provides support, advice and recognized independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD principles.

What Can You Expect From This Live Program

International shipping contracts and maritime laws are complex and multifaceted. This dynamic field requires a deep understanding of international regulations, contractual nuances, and legal frameworks that govern maritime activities. With the continuous evolution of international trade agreements and maritime laws, professionals in this sector need to stay abreast of the latest developments to ensure effective and lawful management of shipping operations.

This certified program is designed to equip you with a profound understanding of the key legal and contractual aspects of international shipping. The curriculum offers an extensive exploration of critical topics such as the fundamentals of maritime law, international shipping contracts and their management, risk assessment and mitigation in maritime operations, and the intricacies of dispute resolution in the maritime context.

Participants will delve into the core principles of maritime law, gaining insights into the legal frameworks governing shipping operations across different jurisdictions. The program emphasizes understanding and navigating complex shipping contracts, including charter parties, bills of lading, and marine insurance contracts. Additionally, it covers essential aspects of risk management in maritime operations, such as liability issues, environmental regulations, and safety standards.

This program will also address the resolution of maritime disputes, including arbitration and litigation processes, highlighting the importance of effective dispute resolution strategies in maintaining smooth international shipping operations. Moreover, it keeps participants updated on the latest developments in maritime law, such as amendments to international conventions and emerging legal challenges in the industry.

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded the Certification in International Shipping Contracts and Maritime Law. This certification will significantly enhance your professional credentials, showcasing your specialized knowledge and skills in managing legal and contractual aspects of international maritime operations. This industry-recognized certification is an invaluable asset for professionals aiming to excel in the ever-evolving world of international shipping and maritime law.

Key Skills You Will Gain

  • Contract Formation
  • Categories of Contractual Terms
  • Maritime Regulatory Compliance
  • Remedies for Breach
  • Time Charterparties
  • Voyage Charterparties
  • Contracts of Affreightment (COAs)
  • Laytime
  • Demurrage
  • Detention
  • Freight/Deadfreight
  • Liens on Sub-Freight
  • The Contract of Carriage
  • Hamburg Rules
  • Hague Visby Rules
  • CIF Contracts
  • FOB Contracts
  • Key Forms of Insurance
  • Unsafe Ports
  • Seaworthiness Obligations
  • Final Voyage Clauses
  • Implied Indemnities
  • Letters of Indemnity
  • Delay Claims (Deviation & Force Majeure)
  • Clause Paramount
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Charter Party Negotiation
  • Vessel Arrest Knowledge
  • Maritime Lien Awareness
  • Policy Coverage Identification
  • Cargo Damage Investigation

Your Faculty Director

William Gidman
William Gidman
Seasoned Dispute Resolution and Advisory Lawyer

William Gidman is a seasoned dispute resolution and advisory lawyer specializing in maritime law at HFW LLP, a premier international maritime law firm based in London. His expertise encompasses a wide array of maritime contractual matters, including charterparties, shipbuilding contracts, bills of lading, sales contracts, off-spec cargo issues, letters of indemnity, and Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs). As a partner at HFW LLP, William provides comprehensive advisory services on all aspects of a ship's lifecycle, from construction and chartering to recycling. He offers daily counsel on matters related to charterparties, bills of lading, and sales contracts, and frequently represents clients in the English High Court and maritime arbitrations. William's rich experience is further enhanced by his previous secondments with an international group P&I Club and an LNG trader, bringing valuable insights to his practice.

Suzanne Meiklejohn
Suzanne Meiklejohn
Experienced Maritime Trade and Commercial Dispute Resolution Lawyer

Suzanne Meiklejohn, a Partner at HFW's Singapore office, specializes in maritime dispute resolution. With extensive experience in forums like the English and EU courts, SCMA, LMAA, LCIA, and GAFTA, she is particularly proficient in SIAC international arbitration. Her expertise covers the full spectrum of dispute resolution, from initial advice to enforcing awards, focusing on shipbuilding, offshore construction, and commodity disputes. Recognized for her prowess, Suzanne was named one of Singapore Business Review's most influential lawyers under 40 in 2020, highlighting her significant contributions to the maritime legal sector.

Dr. Filip Saranovic
Dr. Filip Saranovic
Award Winning Maritime Law Expert

Dr. Filip Saranovic is a Senior Lecturer in Shipping Law at Queen Mary University of London's Centre for Commercial Law Studies. He holds the positions of Director of the International Shipping Law LLM program and Deputy Director of International and External Engagement.

Renowned for his expertise, Dr. Saranovic's recent book, 'Freezing Injunctions in Private International Law,' sheds light on his intensive doctoral research conducted at the prestigious University of Cambridge. Adding to his intellectual pursuits, Dr. Saranovic has also served as a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School and he is also an Ordinary Member of the European Association of Private International Law. Prior to joining Queen Mary, Dr. Saranovic was a member of the Institute of Maritime Law at the University of Southampton where he was the Academic Lead for Executive Training.

International Shipping Contracts and Maritime Law Program Agenda

Module 1 - Introduction to Admiralty Law and Wet Shipping Law
Module 2 - Understanding Maritime Law
Module 3 - The Scope of Admiralty Jurisdiction
Module 4 - Collisions at Sea
Module 5 - Maritime Safety Laws and Regulations
DAY 2 & 3
Module 1 - Contractual Basics Underpinning Shipping Contracts
Module 2 - Time Charterparties Part 1
Module 3 - Time Charterparties Part 2
Module 4 - Time Charterparties Part 3
Module 5 - Voyage Charterparties / Contracts of Affreightment Part 1
Module 6 - Voyage Charterparties / Contracts of Affreightment Part 2
Module 7 - Voyage Charterparties / Contracts of Affreightment Part 3
Module 8 - Bills of Lading Part 1
Module 9 - Bills of Lading Part 2
Module 10 - Sales Contracts / Insurance

How You Will Benefit

  • Master Maritime Contracts: Gain expertise in drafting watertight charter parties, bills of lading, cargo contracts, and maritime transactions.
  • Contractual Terms Analysis: Study the variety of terms in maritime contracts and their implications.
  • Breach Remedies in Maritime Contracts: Learn about effective solutions for breaches of shipping contracts.
  • Time Charter Nuances: Explore the general nature and specific details of time charters.
  • Incoterms Roles and Obligations: Differentiate between various Incoterms and their implications.
  • Carrier Obligations and Defenses: Learn about carriers' legal obligations and potential defenses.
  • Hague/Hague-Visby Rules Overview: Study the key aspects of Hague/Hague-Visby rules.
  • Risk Management in Contractual Operations: Learn strategies for minimizing risks in maritime contracts.
  • Laytime and Demurrage Dynamics: Gain expertise in managing laytime and demurrage effectively.
  • Handling Time-Sensitive Maritime Costs: Acquire skills for efficient management of time-sensitive maritime expenses.
  • Addressing Cargo Provision Failures: Analyze the consequences and solutions for cargo provision failures
  • Master Admiralty Law: Gain specialized knowledge on admiralty jurisdiction, maritime liens, vessel arrest, cargo claims, and more.
  • Handle Marine Insurance: Develop strategies for insurance coverage, disputes, general average claims, and more during maritime casualties.
  • Limit Liabilities: Learn tactics for limiting legal liabilities in case of accidents, damages, or injuries.

Certification in International Shipping Contracts and Maritime Law

Upon successfully attending this program, you will be awarded with the Certification in International Shipping Contracts and Maritime Law that can be used in your resume, CV and other professional credentials. This certification is industry-recognized with lifelong validity.

Globally demanded and recognized, this designation signifies your expertise in analyzing intricate maritime legal matters, formulating effective contract negotiation strategies, and meticulously managing crucial shipping documentation. It positions you as a specialist capable of influencing and advancing standards in the constantly evolving realm of global maritime trade. This program is developed by Chartered Institute of Professional Certifications and the content of this program has been certified by CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional principles.

Pricing & Registration

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You can download our program brochure below. If you have any inquiries on this program, please contact our Program Advisor at [email protected] or call us at:

  • Singapore and Asia Pacific: +65 6716 9980
  • Australia and New Zealand: +61 3 9909 7310
  • UK, Europe and Middle East: +44 (020) 335 57898
  • USA: +1 888 745 8875

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International Shipping Contracts and Maritime Law Reviews and Testimonials

The International Shipping Contracts program, with its dedicated trainer, provided me with a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of shipping regulations. I can confidently say that my skills and knowledge have been significantly enhanced.
I appreciated the practical examples and contract templates shared during the program. They will come in very handy when drafting agreements for my company. The instructor clearly had substantial real-world experience.
The International Shipping Contracts program provided a good overview of the key concepts and regulations in maritime environmental compliance. The instructor presented the material clearly.
I appreciated learning about the nuances of international shipping agreements. The training improved my understanding of this complex topic. The program efficiently covered the key elements of international shipping contracts. I gained valuable insights that I can apply in my work.

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