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Training Consultancy Executive Business & Law Level I Business & Law Level II MCA Master Prep Oral MCA OOW Prep Oral Course Schedule Course Booking

Course Syllabus.
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:
Owner protocol.
Owner's PA.
Financial responsibilities.
Budget control.
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:
Criminal Law.
Public law.
Vicarious liability.
Duty of care.
Tort of negligence.
Legal jurisdictions.
Firearms on board issues.

Flags & Registries:
Types of registries.
Types of vessel ownership.
Mortgages & leases.
VAT issues.
The MCA Registry London & Southampton.
The Red Ensign group.
Major European yacht registries.
Other major non-European yacht registries.
Re-flagging issues.

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.
Third-party liability.
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.
Employment law.
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.
VAT issues.
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.
Class Societies.
Vessel classifications.
Load line certificates.
Certificate of Compliance.
Safe manning requirements.

MCA Yacht Codes:
The different codes.
The principle points.
Flag & build compliance.

Marine Accidents & Reporting:
Accident classifications.
Marine Accident Investigation Branch.
Reporting procedures.
Follow-up procedures.
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, corporate etc.

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 are giving.

Exams/Completion Requirements:
Maritime Business & Law Exam -Level I.

Entry Requirements:
Your Questions?

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 administrations.

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 view.

Is 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 syllabus.

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.

Contact us at training@harrisonmaritime.com or telephone France +33 (0)489 688 650 .
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