An Intensive 5-Day Training Course

Maritime Law & Shipping Contracts

  • Format: Classroom
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Language: English
  • Accredited: KHDA,



Maritime law is a complex and fascinating specialised area of law. It brings together many aspects of law (e.g. contract, tort, bailment, agency) together with a plethora of international conventions attempting to harmonise and regulate the legal arrangements between states in order to facilitate trade and reduce conflict.

EuroMaTech’s Maritime Law & Shipping Contracts training course will provide participants with a sound understanding of the various aspects of Maritime Law, from carriage of goods by sea to international law and law of the sea. There will be an emphasis on the main aspects of Maritime Law, as it relates to the role of Ports and Pilotage in the maritime trade, and its obligations and liabilities under Maritime Law.

The training course aims to enable you to; (1) Develop professionals who engage with appropriate and relevant general and specialist knowledge in relation to Maritime Law, (2) Address the legal and commercial basis of shipping contracts, (3) Examine in detail Sale of Goods contracts, Charter parties and Bills of Lading along with the special shipping terms they incorporate, (4) Know the obligations of Ports, Pilotage and Limitation of Liability under Maritime Law

Participants attending the Maritime Law & Shipping Contracts training course will develop the following competencies:

  • Understanding of the fundamental basis of Maritime Law
  • Gain full knowledge of Shipping Contracts like Time and Voyage Charter Parties
  • Know the Rights and obligations of parties under Bills of Lading & Contract for the Carriage of Goods and Sale of Goods.
  • Appreciate the position of Ports and Pilots in Charter Parties



Euromatech is a Knowledge & Human Development Authority (KHDA) approved training institute in Dubai, licensed and approved to deliver training courses in the UAE.

The KHDA is the regulatory authority in the UAE, that oversees administering, approving, supervising, and controlling the activities of various education providers in the UAE.  We are proud of our commitment to ensuring quality training courses and status as a KHDA-approved training provider.

Taught by our team of highly qualified trainers, our KHDA approved training courses will provide you with an enriching learning experience and practical knowledge that will help you future-proof your career and support professional development within your organisation.

Training Objectives

EuroMaTech’s Maritime Law & Shipping Documents training course aims to help participants to achieve the following objectives:

  • Define and understand the fundamental aspects of Maritime Law
  • Understand the basis of the carriage of goods of sea, the bill of lading
  • Familiarise oneself with Charter Party terms and the law relating to it
  • Understand the position of Ports and their obligations, risks and liabilities
  • Know the basis for calculation of laytime and demurrage claims
 Who Should Attend?

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

  • Fleet Managers
  • Ship Managers
  • Superintendents
  • Harbour Masters
  • Legal Counsel
  • Financial Officers
  • Technical Managers
  • Marine Operations Personnel
  • Business Development Managers
  • Commercial Managers
  • Maritime and Logistics Executives
  • Maritime Executives
  • Ship Engineers
Training Methodology

The 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.

Training Summary

This EuroMaTech training course on Maritime Law & Shipping Contracts provides participants with an in-depth appreciation of the main foundations of Maritime Laws and the fundamental basis of shipping contracts. It will also cover the carriage of goods by sea and the legal documentation used like the bill of lading. The role of Ports in the shipping trade and their risks and liabilities will also be addressed.

Day 1: Maritime Law & Admiralty Jurisdiction
  • The Maritime Legal Framework & Admiralty Jurisdiction
  • Public International Law & Fundamentals of Contract Law
  • Ownership and Registration of Vessels – The Flag State
  • The law applicable to maritime claims;
  • Security; arrest and freezing orders;
  • Maritime liens; Enforcing Maritime Claims
Day 2:  Carriage of Goods by Sea & Bills of Lading
  • Shipping Documents in International Trade
  • Terms of the carriage contract;
  • Bill of Lading and common clauses & charter party bills of lading;
  • Tender of shipping documents under C.I.F. and F.O.B contracts;
  • Cargo Claims Bills of lading and other shipping documents;
  • Hague and Hague-Visby Rules;
  • The Rotterdam Rules.
  • Letters of indemnity ,for cargo damage and Pre and Post dating, delivery without presentation of the Bill of Lading
Day 3: Ports, Pilotage and Limitation of Liability in Maritime Law
  • Powers, Rights and Liabilities of Port Authorities
  • Duties in relations to pilotage
  • Duties of pilots and master
  • Collisions – Key features and legal framework
  • The pilot as the ‘controller of collisions’.
  • Limitation of Liability – Concept of limitation and the types of limitation
Day 4: Shipping Contracts – Key elements
  • Different Types of charter party
  • Contracts of Affreightment
  • Commercial terms of charter parties
  • Nomination of safe port
  • Supply of cargo & Owners’ lien on cargo
  • Delivery & Re-delivery obligations
  • Freight & Charter Hire & Cancelling rights
Day 5: Ports in a Charter Party & Lay-time, Demurrage & Despatch

Nomination of Ports in a Charter Party

  • Safe Ports
  • Port systems
  • Berths Vs Ports
  • Master’s Skill  

Lay-time, Demurrage & Despatch

  • Types of Lay-time
  • Starting lay-time & Notice of Readiness (NOR)
  • Lay-time Calculation
  • Suspending Lay-time and Stopping Lay-time
  • Cancellation of charter party and Lay-can
  • Demurrage and Despatch
  • Damages for Detention
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