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Management courses

LJMU Maritime Centre

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Liverpool John Moores University’s Maritime Centre aims to provide the best possible maritime education and training for all sectors of the maritime industry.

Short overviews of the management training courses can be found below. Find out more about the courses and book online.

Management courses at LJMU Maritime Centre:

Ballast Water Management

Duration: Two days

Prerequisites: None

Accreditation/Approvals: Liverpool John Moores University

Overview: The IMO’s International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) requires all ships to implement the Ballast Water Management Plan which defines requirements to manage sediments and the ballast water as specifically applicable to the ship. These ships are also required to have a ballast water record book and an International Ballast Water Management Certificate.

Whilst the maritime world is adopting these changes, an interim solution is to continue with mid-ocean ballast water exchange but eventually all ships will be required to install a ballast water treatment plant.

Based on BWM convention, this two day course provides an insight into all the requirements related to BWM Convention. The course looks at the specific requirements given in the Convention and also the planning required by ship managers, port authorities and others for fully implementing these requirements to the satisfaction of both the port and flag state authorities.

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Corporate Team Building

Duration: Half, one, or two days

Prerequisites: None

Assessment: Assessment reports can be provided at client’s request.

Teaching: Brief theory sessions underpinning the practical team building exercises conducted in full mission bridge simulators.

Accreditation/Approval: LJMU

Overview: LJMU Maritime Centre (LMC), a part of Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) offers bespoke Management and team building training designed for SME's and larger companies and varies in duration from one to two days, depending upon specific client requirements.  The one day training is delivered at a basic level whereas the two day event is enhanced through a balanced programme of theory sessions in Team Building and a set of advanced practical exercises. Bespoke packages can be configured for clients over shorter or longer time frames.

The LMC’s management & team building training utilises its Ship handling Simulators as a number of organisations have used aircraft simulators and other outdoor activities for team building purposes. LMC can offer a course that is far more demanding and exciting because it allows the whole group to interact and work together as they navigate a ship in different conditions but in a completely safe environment.

The Centre boasts an advanced 360 degree Full Mission Bridge simulator along with 2 part bridge simulators. Using this state-of-the-art system, delegates, working as a team, have to develop a plan by plotting a set of courses and following a set of rules. The fundamental need to share the numerous tasks required to safely navigate the vessel following the plan develops and refines team working skills. No prior maritime knowledge is expected or needed of delegates, as all necessary instruction will be given in the briefing sessions.

Additional complications are introduced to the exercises by incorporating equipment failures or navigational situations where, unless team works together, reaching the destination becomes impossible.  In essence, the teams must work together and communicate while facing the task at hand i.e. navigate their ships safely into port.

The courses are made more effective by giving the teams a briefing session before they start so that they are taught the basic navigational skills and use Standard Operating procedures when performing an exercise. Following these procedures and using their new found skills, teams have to agree a share of the workload to achieve the navigation safely for a given set of circumstances. 

Any combination of scenarios can be configured in the system in real time to really test the teams’ ability to work together and solve problems. Sea and weather conditions can be varied as appropriate. All practical exercises are fully debriefed to ensure that the teams learn through their experiences.

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Human Element and Leadership Management (HELM) Management Level

Duration: Five days

Prerequisites: A deck or engineering certificate of competency at the operational level and meet the minimum seagoing service requirements for the issue of a management level CoC.

Accreditation/Approval: MCA as per the STCW Code section A-II/2 (masters and chief mates on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more) and AIII/2 (chief engineer officers and second engineer officers).

Overview: Human factors are almost always considered to be a contributory factor leading to accidents at sea. This five day course covers resource management, leadership and team working skills at management level so that the candidates can apply these ‘soft skills’ to manage crews in their respective departments and overcome ‘human factor’ related issues.

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Human Element and Leadership Management (HELM) Operational Level

Duration: Three days

Prerequisites: Candidates following an MNTB/MCA approved programme are eligible to undertake this course after their first seagoing phase. Candidates following the experienced seafarer route to MCA certification shall meet the minimum seagoing service requirements for the issue of a first CoC.

Accreditation/Approval: MCA as per the STCW Code section A-II/1 (officer in charge of a navigational watch) section A-III/1 (officer on charge of an engineering watch) section A-III/6 (electro-technical officer).

Overview: This three day course aims to raise awareness and understanding of the key human factors affecting seafarer’s behaviour whilst working on ships. This is achieved by teaching candidates the basic resource management, leadership and team working skills at operational level so that they can apply these ‘soft skills’ to operate at their levels.

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ISM Appreciation

Duration: One day

Prerequisites: None

Accreditation/Approval: None

Overview: Course provides training in the requirements of the ISM Code. Attendees review safety management systems in association with the provisions of SOLAS. Basic principles of audit as well as risk assessment methods are covered in this one day course.

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ISM Internal Auditor

Duration: Two days

Prerequisites: None

Accreditation/Approval: None

Overview: Course provides training in the fundamentals of auditing against the ISM Code. Aimed at those with little or no auditing experience, the course covers knowledge of the ISM Code, mandatory regulation and the technical aspects of safety management.

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ISM Internal Lead Auditor

Duration: Three days

Prerequisites: None

Accreditation/Approval: None

Overview: This course is designed according to the IMO resolution A.788(19) and provides training in auditing against the International Safety Management Code. The course covers knowledge of ISM Code, mandatory regulations, assessment, questioning and evaluation techniques as well as the technical aspects of safety management.

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ISM CODE - ISO 9001- 14001 Maritime Lead Auditor

Duration: Four and a half days

Prerequisites: Understanding of the ISM Code and its application

Assessment: A short question answer assessment at the end of course to gauge the underpinning knowledge and competencies gained in the course.

Accreditation/Approval: MCA

Overview: This course is delivered with our training partner Chart Co and is aimed at those personnel who will lead a team of auditors undertaking audits within their own organisation, or when auditing an external organisation, such as a suppliers or subcontractors. Delegates will also be able to effectively respond to external audits of their own organisation. The course covers is following objectives:

  • Familiarise delegates with the ISM Code and ISO 9001;
  • Understand how integrated Safety, Quality and Environmental Management systems can be effectively and efficiently audited;
  • Allow delegates to develop extensive audit planning and preparation skills;
  • Allow delegates opportunity to practice the process of auditing and effective NCR writing;
  • Allow delegates to practice leading an audit team;

This course is highly interactive and allows ample opportunity for delegates to develop and practice the skills required to lead and conduct an effective audit. On successful completion delegates will receive an MCA approved certificate.

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ISM Code Designated Person Ashore

Duration: Three days

Prerequisites: STCW management level qualification and seagoing experience as a certified ships officer or equivalent shore based professional qualification

Accreditation/Approvals: MCA under IMO MSC-MEPC.7/Circ.6 ‘Guidance on the qualifications, training and experience necessary for undertaking the role of the Designated Person under the provision of the ISM Code.’

Overview: This course is primarily designed for new DPAs or assistant DPAs but is equally useful for current DPAs who can update their knowledge by attending this course.

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Accident Investigation

Overview: In an era of high technology and advanced training, on board ships accidents still occur. The primary aim of Accident Investigation is to establish the causal factors of a particular incident. In determining the causal factors recommendations can be made to improve safety of life at sea, improve environmental protection and prevent further recurrence of such an incident.

Simulation is a highly effective tool in reconstructing and analysing incidents, which could be both difficult and time consuming to solve through conventional investigation techniques. This method enables the incident to be reconstructed in a real time simulated environment. During the investigation all aspects of the incident can be thoroughly examined. These will include such areas as equipment failures, human error, vessel characteristics, vessel procedures and environmental conditions.

The resulting simulation simplifies the method and way of investigation and analysis. It provides clear simulated results and analysis reports with both printer output and data output allowing full debrief facilities. Time and cost for the normal investigation of incidents is saved.

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Shipboard Safety Officer

Duration: Three days

Prerequisites: Age at least 18 years
Seatime at least 12 months

Accreditation/Approvals: MCA in compliance with the MNTB standard

Overview: This three day course is designed for both the experienced safety officers as well as for those who need training to take this role on. The course is equally useful for safety representatives to give them an insight of their role on-board ships. The course utilises the MCA’s COSWP (Code of Safe Working Practice for Merchant Seafarers) and is delivered under the UK’s Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations as applicable to a Safety Officer’s role.

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Proficiency in Crisis Management and Human Behaviour (STCW A-V/2)

Duration: One day

Prerequisites: None

Accreditation/Approvals: MCA as per the STCW Code section STCW A-V/2

Overview: This one day course is designed to provide ship’s officers and ratings the required knowledge to deal with matters related to safety of passengers during an emergency. The MNTB standard requires the following learning objectives to be met during training:

  1. Understand the importance of ship board emergency procedures and knows how to organise them
  2. Control the response to emergencies on board
  3. Control passengers and other personnel during emergency situations
  4. Establish and maintain effective communications during emergency situations

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Crowd Management

Duration: ½ day

Prerequisites: None

Accreditation/Approvals: MCA as per the STCW Code section A-VI/2-3

Overview: This half day training is for ship’s crew assigned to assist passengers in emergencies and covers the following learning outcomes as given in the MNTB standard.

  1. Awareness of shipboard lifesaving appliance and control plans
  2. Ability to assist passengers en-route to muster and embarkation stations
  3. Ability to carry out mustering procedures

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Proficiency in Passenger Safety and Hull Integrity for RoRo Passenger Ships (STCW A-V/2 Para 7)

Duration: One day

Prerequisites: None

Accreditation/Approval: MCA as per the STCW Code Regulation A-V/2 Para 7

Overview: This one day course aims to give masters, chief engineer officers, chief mates, second engineer officers and persons assigned immediate responsibility for embarking and disembarking passengers, for loading, discharging or securing cargo or for closing hull openings on board ro-ro passenger ships.

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Crisis Management, Passenger Safety and Crowd Control (Combined)

Duration: Two days

Overview: These two courses can be offered as a package over the two days. See course details on Crisis Management and Passenger Safety and Crowd Control for more information.

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UK Legal and Administrative Process

Duration: Five days

Prerequisites: Competence in written and spoken English

Accreditation/Approval: MCA as per the STCW Code Regulation V/2 Para 7

Overview: This course offers structured training to the holders of non-UK CoC who wish to apply for a UK Certificate of Equivalent Competency (CEC) for service on British Registered Vessels. All masters and skippers operating UK flagged vessels are required have knowledge of UK legal and administrative processes to grade 1 examination level (UKLAP1) as outlined in Annex B of MSN 1867.

The course covers health and safety on board UK ships, documentation for crewing arrangements, role of the MAIB and the MCA.

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Search and Rescue On Scene Co-ordinator

Duration: One day

Prerequisites: OOW (deck) or higher CoC

Accreditation/Approval: None

Overview: This one day course is delivered in alignment with the IMO Model course 3.13 to assist maritime personnel develop effective control skills, when called upon to assist in Search and Rescue response. Focusing on the requirements of the On Scene Co-ordinator, the course objective is to give delegates an awareness of the interactions between mobile assets and the various shore-based authorities involved in a major maritime incident.

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Signals Examination

Duration: ½ day

Prerequisites: Seatime required for OOW (deck) CoC.

Accreditation/Approval: None

Overview: All candidates for an OOW deck CoC are required to undertake a MCA Signals examination which examines them on their skills and knowledge for transmission and reception of message by used of Morse code, International Code Flags and the International Code of Signals.

A pass certificate for this examination is required to be submitted to the MCA to obtain a CoC. Candidates are provided with learning materials to prepare for the exam after which they can contact the course administrator to book an exam date.

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Training for Instructors

Duration: Five days

Prerequisites: Appropriate seafaring qualification to become an instructor

Accreditation/Approval: MCA as per the STCW Code Regulation A-I/6 and IMO Model Course 6.09

Overview: The course is designed in line with IMO Model Course 6.09 to provide candidates the required knowledge and skills to become a qualified instructor as required under the MNTB and MCA guidelines for STCW courses.

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Master/Chief Mate Oral Preparation

Duration: 20 days – four weeks

Prerequisites: MCA Notice of Eligibility (NOE) for the relevant examination

Accreditation/Approval: None

Overview:This four week intensive course is offered to prepare candidates for their MCA Orals Exams for the chief mate or master CoC. Candidates who are taking their first attempt or appearing for their re-sit can both attend.

Students travelling from overseas can be issued with a letter to support their visa application for student visitor. However, it is recommended that the candidates obtain an NoE and book a date for their MCA oral exam with the Marine Office prior to applying for visa.

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