Free online course in maritime law

The UK Chamber of Shipping, in association with its partners Addleshaw Goddard and the Law Society of Scotland has launched a free online introductory course “Maritime Law: an Introduction to Shipping Transactions”, The course, launched today, October 30th, will outline the unseen legal and transactional structures behind the shipping industry. The course is open to anyone looking to develop their understanding of maritime law or who has an interest in shipping and maritime trade.

The course will teach:

  • how merchant vessels are bought, sold and securitized – and how international conventions regulate ships wherever they are registered. This will comprise learning about the process of vessel acquisition and financing from the various perspectives of a buyer, a seller, a ship-builder and a bank.
  • the concept of flags of convenience and the modern practice of ship registration.

UK Chamber of Shipping CEO Guy Platten said that “the UK is the world’s leading centre for maritime law, not least because of its deep commitment to education and training.  We know that the shipping industry is truly global, with a complex structure of laws, regulations and traditions that have evolved over centuries. That’s why we have been working closely with our friends at the Law Society of Scotland and Addleshaw Goddard to demystify the industry, and explain it to a broad audience”.

The course is hosted by the online FutureLearn platform and is designed to be taken for three hours per week over a four-week period. However. it is available in its entirety and so can be digested more quickly if students desire.

“Because shipping law is not widely taught at an undergraduate level in Scotland, we saw the opportunity for an introductory-level approach aimed at both solicitors and the general public,” said Ed Watt, partner for Addleshaw Goddard.