An Intensive 5-Day Training Course

International Maritime Codes & Convention

  • Format: Classroom
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Language: English



This subject is best introduced by examining the history of the Law of the Sea, which culminated in the signing of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in 1982.

Participants on EuroMaTech’s International Maritime Codes & Convention training course will learn how UNCLOS is a framework convention, the central nervous system of the marine regulatory landscape, supplemented and reinforced by additional codes, conventions, and organisations which will be further discussed in this course.

Participants attending the International Maritime Codes & Convention training course will develop the following competencies:

  • Comprehensive understanding of the Maritime international codes and conventions
  • Gain a thorough knowledge of Maritime Law and rules that regulate the maritime industry
  • Increase participants understanding of the role of Maritime codes and their processes
Programme Objectives

EuroMaTech’s International Maritime Codes & Convention training course aims to help participants to achieve the following objectives:

  • Define the role and objectives of marine codes and conventions
  • Understand the importance of compliance of international regulations
  • Realize the need for proper legal documentation in accordance with the maritime regulations
Who Should Attend?

International Maritime Codes & Convention training course is suitable for a wide range of professionals employed in Maritime Industry, but it will be particularly beneficial to:

  • Ship Masters and Officers
  • Fleet and Vessel Managers
  • Superintendents
  • Human Resource Personal
  • Government Maritime Administration Personal
  • Manning Agents
  • Insurers
  • Legal Professionals
  • Naval Architects
  • Surveyors, Shipyard Managers
  • Equipment Manufacturers
  • Other employees from International and National Organisations
Training Methodology  

The International Maritime Codes & Convention training course will combine presentations with instructor-guided interactive discussions between participants relating to their individual workplace. Practical exercises, video material and case studies aiming at stimulating these discussions and providing maximum benefit to the participants will support the training.

Programme Summary

This EuroMaTech training course on International Maritime Codes & Convention covers the main requirements that needs to be fulfilled in order to comply. This  training course aims to enable participants gain vital and in-depth knowledge on maritime industry regulations, covering all the major sectors from governance, to ship construction and navigation.

Day 1 - Maritime Governance
  • Background & responsibilities of major regulatory bodies in the maritime industry
  • International Maritime Organization (IMO): regional presence,
  • Maritime Safety Committee
  • Other organisations including NATO, EU and major national bodies
  • The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)
  • The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)

Duties of flag states and port states

Day 2 - Ship Design, Construction & Certification

Vessels engaged in international voyages are held to relatively uniform CDEM requirements established by international law and enforced by the vessel’s Flag State.

  • International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS): Chapter II-1 – Construction
  • Surveys, verification and certification
  • Flag states
  • Classification societies
  • Frequency and process of inspection
  • IMO Ship Identification Number Scheme
  • Documentation required on board
Day 3 - Navigation, Voyage Planning & Cargo Handling

Operations at Sea

  • Conventions relating to safe navigation
  • SOLAS: Chapter V – Safety of navigation
  • Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREG)
  • Convention on the International Maritime Satellite Organization
  • Practical implementation and enforcement
  • Cargo types and handling SOLAS Chapter VI – Carriage of Cargoes
  • International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC)
  • Navigational rights and freedoms
  • Freedom of navigation (EEZ and high seas)
  • Innocent passage
  • Transit passage
  • Archipelagic sea lanes passage
  • Force majeure and places of refuge

Navigational obligations

  • Duty to render assistance and cooperate
  • Prior notification and authorisation
  • Compulsory pilotage, icebreaking and other services


  • International Convention on Salvage
  • Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks


Day 4 - Maritime Safety & Security

This module will begin by raising awareness of high seas activities which are criminalised under international law.

Conventions and Regulations on Safety

  • SOLAS: Chapter IV – Management for the Safe Operation of Ships
  • International Safety Management (ISM) code
  • SOLAS: Chapter X – Safety measures for high-speed craft
  • SOLAS: Chapter XI-1 – Special measures to enhance maritime safety
  • COLREG: guidance on lights, sounds and signals
  • Other conventions on passenger safety
  • Practical implementation and enforcement

Basic Safety Training

  •  Firefighting, personal survival, personal safety, first aid
  • Bridge resource management
  • Situational awareness, risk assessments, communication


Survival Craft and Rescue Boats

  • International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR)


  • Piracy: definitions and response guidelines
  • UN: Security Council, Firearms protocol
  • IMO: MSC, ISPS code
  • SOLAS Chapter XI-2 – Special measures to enhance maritime security
  • Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA), Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf
Day 5 - Environmental Management & Protection

This module focuses on Marine Resource Management and Environmental Protection. Often considered as the same topic, these are in fact two different sides of the same coin.


  • Guidelines for prevention of pollution of the sea and air
  • Carriage of dangerous / harmful substances
  • Response and investigation

Practical Implementation of Conventions on Ship Pollution

  • International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships
  • International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships (AFS)
  • International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments
  • International Convention Relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Oil Pollution Casualties
  • International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation
  • Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Co-operation to pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances
  • Convention on Biodiversity
    • Key certification for ships and crew
    • Marine Environment Protection Committee (IMO): role and governance
    • Marine resources
  • Conservation of living and non-living resources
  • Sustainable use


  • Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter (LC)
  • 1996 London Protocol

Liability and Compensation for Environmental Damages

  • International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage
  • 1992 Protocol to the International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage
  • International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea
  • International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001
  • Convention relating to Civil Liability in the Field of Maritime Carriage of Nuclear Material
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