Diploma in International Convention and Maritime Law

Delivered online

10-15 hours

Course description

This course then explains in detail the maritime labour convention which sets the minimum standard to ensure the satisfactory condition of employment for seafarers. It discusses the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The course will also teach you about the rights and responsibilities of nations with respect to their use of the world’s oceans. It outlines the various areas of the world’s seas as divided by the UNCLOS into zones of jurisdiction. This course explores the IMO conventions such as the International conventions for the safety of life at sea 1974 (SOLAS). The course will also explain the international convention for the prevention of pollution from ships (MARPOL 73/78). You will also learn about the Helsinki convention. This course explains the code used at sea such as the international safety management code (ISM code). The course also explains the International Ship and Port Facility Security Codes (ISPS Code). The course then teaches you about territorial waters, internal waters as well as how the baseline is measured. It describes the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and the various duties of states bordering straits. You will also gain an understanding of the rights, jurisdiction and duties of the coastal state within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Furthermore, this course explores the international Convention for the Control and Management of ships ballast water and sediments. It also explores the methods used to treat ballast water. It outlines the ship owner’s responsibility under the ISPS, Continuous Synopsis Record (CSR), and the Ship Security Alert System (SSAS). This course explains in detail the tripartite nature of the MLC and its effects, as well as what the IMO conventions cover. This course will teach you about forced labour, freedom of association and protection of the right to organize, and collective bargaining. This course then explains the inspections carried out by the port state, and how the feedback of deficiencies observed with the flag state is shared. You will learn about the involvement of the UNCLOS in marine pollution. The course also describes the carriage of goods by sea Act (COGSA) as a section of the United States code and how it governs the responsibilities and protections of shippers and carriers of cargo. This free online course will be of great interest to students, researchers, and anyone with an interest in international conventions and the importance of maritime law So, register for this course and start your next learning journey today.

Upon the successful completion of this course, you should be able to;

  • Explain the structure of the IMO
  • Discuss the duties of the flag state with respect to control, reduction and prevention of marine pollution
  • Discuss the power and limitations of IMO
  • Explain briefly the jurisdiction of SOLAS, MARPOL
  • Outline the importance of STCW, COLREG, Load Line, ISM Code and ISPS
  • Describe the structure of the International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Outline the implications of ILO resolutions pertaining to shipping
  • Explain the basic concepts of the applicable International and maritime laws in global shipping
  • Identify the importance of various admiralty and local laws in ship operations
  • Explain the term ‘Seaworthiness’ and its relationship with vessel maintenance