The international course syllabus is completely professional; not only
does it adhere to the STCW code in full but also takes into account the
MCA Large Yacht Code, and is recognised by the MCA for the Master
200GT/Mate 500GT. All the subjects are covered in-depth and many to OOW
level and beyond. The maximum class size is 7 persons.
Owners and their representatives:
Privacy & discretion issues.
Captain's social & legal responsibilities.
The role of the management company.
Fundamental legal concepts & aspects.
Customs & Excise.
Dealing with drugs on board.
The Concept of Law:
Duty of care.
Tort of negligence.
Firearms on board issues.
Flags & Registries:
Types of registries.
Types of vessel ownership.
Mortgages & leases.
The MCA Registry London & Southampton.
The Red Ensign group.
Major European yacht registries.
Other major non-European yacht registries.
Maritime Organisations & Conventions.
The IMO and the UN.
Flag state relationships.
The STCW convention & structure.
STCW certification cross-overs.
The fundamentals of the SOLAS convention.
The MARPOL convention.
ISPS & ISM operational considerations.
Insurance & Salvage:
The basic insurance principles.
The role of the Underwriters.
Hull & machinery.
Crew health insurance.
The P & I Club.
The basic salvage principles.
Lloyds Open Form.
ILO, Social Security & Crew Tax:
The principle points of the ILO convention.
MN Code of Conduct.
Immigration & visa issues.
Health & safety working practices.
Charter Aspects & Contracts:
The different types of charter contracts.
Commercial vessel usage by owner issues.
Principle charter clauses.
The central charter agent role.
The retail charter agent role.
MYBA & CYBA charter agreements.
Legal jurisdictions over charter agreements.
Charter agreement procedures.
Charter client's payments procedures.
Dealing with charter disputes.
Vessel's Legal Documents/publications:
Vessel's Official Log Book & legalities.
Vessels Registration documents.
Other vessel's official/legal documents.
Mariner's Safety Notices (MSN's).
Surveying & Class Societies:
The different types of Surveyors.
Types of Surveys.
Load line certificates.
Certificate of Compliance.
Safe manning requirements.
MCA Yacht Codes:
The different codes.
The principle points.
Flag & build compliance.
Marine Accidents & Reporting:
Marine Accident Investigation Branch.
ISM code and safe-working practices.
Maritime Business & Law -Level I
Master 200GT/Mate 500GT
Course & Certification
Recognized by MCA, other approvals pending.
Price: 275,- € + 35,- € exam fees.
Course length: 2 days (+0,5 day for exam).
Total lecture/teaching time: 14 hours approx.
Maritime business and maritime law are both complex subjects. Often the
student is bewildered and confused by the extent of the detail and the
statements made by the teacher or lecturer that appear, to the student,
to contradict themselves.
All this is great if you are a law student studying to become a lawyer
and talking the same language as the teacher (often a lawyer
themselves). But for many professional yacht crew, it is new language
full of difficult terminologies and statements to understand; and
trying to relate this to real life situations on board the super yachts
is not easy.
The teaching style draws upon taking real life situations or topics,
such as refits, crew employment, charter agreements, etc etc. In each
situation or topic, the possible scenarios are discussed in detail from
the relevant different points of view, e.g. legal jurisdiction, fiscal,
The discussions are kept intentionally simple and to the point, so that
you can gain a basic understanding of a real life situation, either
concerning business or legal issues, and the relevant possible
scenarios. The course is taught from a layperson's (non-expert) point
of view, from a practical stand-point that is related to your daily
work as professional yacht crew.
The syllabus is international and follows closely the STCW convention.
The HMA Maritime Business & Law Course has been especially
developed for Captains & Mates working on the super yachts of
between 20 mtrs to 50 mtrs. It is also suitable for other executive
crew in a management position, such as Chief Engineer's, Chief
Steward/ess's and Purser's.
The principal objective of the course is for you to understand the
basic principles of maritime law and the business aspects of the super
yacht industry such as contracts and charter agreements. It will also
help you when you have to consult a professional maritime lawyer; by
having a basic understanding of the subject, it is a lot easier to
discuss with them the problem, as well as understanding the advice they
Maritime Business & Law Exam -Level I.
Is it compulsory to do this course to qualify for the Master 200Tons/Mate 500Tons?
Yes it is compulsory to do this course and also to pass the Business
& Law Exam -level I. It is required by the MCA and other flag state
Why do I have to do this course?
As a Captain or Mate (Officer), you are in a management position and
there are many business and legal issues associated with running a
super yacht. Also, many of the super yachts are constantly moving
between different coastal states and waters; therefore you do need a
good understanding from the subject from an international point of
the Business & Law Exam difficult?
No not really, it is about 1.5 hours long and it mainly consists of
definitions of the different subjects that are within the course
Are there any course entry requirements?
No, there are not. This course is available to everybody.
My English level
is not that good?
Under the IMO, it says that you must have a good working knowledge of
maritime English. This is different to academic English. We are use to
working with all different nationalities and we do make allowances for
language problems & help as much as we can.
Do I get a certificate if I successfully pass the course and exam?
Yes, we will be issuing a course completion certificate.