Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeDLMLSB502
Course Unit DetailsMA/LLM Maritime Law and Shipping Management (DL) (Required Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated8
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Understand the nature of international regulations relating to shipping and how they are made to apply nationally.
  2. Understand the legal issues and principles relating to the main principles of Admiralty Law, as well as the safety and environmental issues and policies (the ISM Code) which underpin it.
  3. Understand the liabilities relating to passengers and marine pollution as well as the concepts of limitation of laibility.
  4. Understand the methods of securing maritime claims and the priorities of maritime liens for claims.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents
• Legal and practical issues relating to the law of the agency, with emphasis on the role and functions of the ship agent and the broker.
• Legal and practical issues relating to employment and role of seafarers, in particular the Owner’s vicarious liability for the Master, officers and the crew.
• Legal and practical issues relating to pilotage, towage and collision of ships.
• The law of Salvage and General Average;
• Special issues governing the international carriage of passengers by sea, with emphasis on passenger ships, cruise liners, and leisure tourism.
• Legal issues relating to limitation of liability and the liability for marine pollution from ships, in particular Environmental Law issues caused by ship pollution or accidents and their detrimental effects on the sea, land and air. Special reference to the carriage of oil and dangerous cargoes.
• Arrest of ships, enforcement and priorities of maritime claims, in particular: The nature of an action in rem, the arrest of offending and sister ships; the procedure for the arrest of ships; the various types and priority of liens encountered in admiralty practice, as well as the time bars and limitations.
Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Baatz Y. (ed.), Velasco A. C., Debattista C., Gürses, Ö, Hjalmarsson J., Lista A., Lorenzon F., Pilley R., Serdy A., Shaw R., Tsimplis M., (2014) Maritime Law, (3rd edition, Oxon, Informa Law from Routledge).
  • Berlingieri F. (2011), Berlingieri on Arrest of Ships, (5th edition, London, Informa)
  • Martinez Guitérres N.A., (2011), Limitation of Liability in International Maritime Conventions: The Relationship between Global Limitation Conventions and Particular Liability Regimes, (London and New York, Routledge).
  • Schoenbaum, T. J., (2012), Admiralty and Maritime Law, (5th edition, West Publishing Group)
  • Tetley W. and Wilkins R.C., (1998), Maritime Liens and Claims (2nd edition. Montreal, Quebec, Editions Yvon Blais, International Shipping Publications).
  • Baatz Y., (ed.) Debattista C., Hjalmarsson J., Lista A., Lorenzon F., Merkin R., Pilley R., Serdy A., Shaw R., Tsimplis M., (2008) Southampton on Maritime Law, (London, Informa)
  • Baughen S., (2015), Shipping Law, (6th edition, London&New York, Routledge).
  • Chircop A., Linden O (eds), (2006), Places of Refuge for Ships: Emerging Environmental Concerns of a Maritime Custom, (Leiden – Boston Martinus Nijhoff Publishers).
  • Force R., (2004), Admiralty and Maritime Law, (Federal Judicial Center - University of Michigan Library).
  • Gaskell, N.J.J. and Shaw, R. (1999), The arrest convention 1999. Lloyd’s Maritime and commercial law quarterly [1999] Part 4, November 1999, 470-490.
  • Gorthon, L., Hillenius, P., Ihre, R. and Sandevärn, A. (2009). Shipbroking and Chartering Practice (7th ed., London, Informa).
  • Griggs, P., Williams, R. and Farr, J. (2004), Limitation of liability for maritime claims (4th ed.). London; Singapore: LLP.
  • Hill C., (2003) Maritime Law, (6th edition, London – Hong Kong, LLP).
  • Hopkins F.N., (1993), Business and Law for the Shipmaster, (7th edition reprinted, Glasgow, Brown, Son & Ferguson).
  • Klein Ross, (2002), Cruise Ship Blues - The Underside of the Cruise Industry, (Gabriola Island-Canada, New Society Publishers)
  • Mandaraka Sheppard A., Modern Maritime Law vol. I & II, (3rd edition 2014, Oxon, Informa Law from Routledge);
  • Rainey S, (2013), The law of the Tug and Tow and Offshore Contracts, (3rd edition, London & New York, Informa)
  • Tetley W.,(2008), Marine Cargo Claims, (4th edition, Montreal, Quebec, Editions Yvon Blais Intl Shipping Publications).
    Planned learning activities and teaching methods
    The intended use of this module is such that you progress from unit 1 through to unit 10 in unit order. The module is designed to introduce and explain the material you are expected to learn. All the readings from the recommended textbooks associated with a specific unit, will be clearly stated. Furthermore, any relevant readings associated with a particular topic will be stated at various points within the unit, wherever appropriate. It is worth noting that all readings provide a good source of additional examples on which you can practice if you so wish.
    The on-line learning environment provides an opportunity for receiving on-line feedback from the Module Instructors during your study and you are strongly advised to take advantage of this. In addition, you will be encouraged to interact both with other students and your instructor so that you feel part of an on-line community of learners that belong to the University network.

    Recorded lectures/ Narrated presentations
    You may be asked to watch a recorded lecture or narrated presentation posted on the web addressing the main concepts of a particular unit.

    Dynamic Online Interaction: 
     • Asynchronous communication tool (Discussion Forum)
    You may be asked to participate, wherever appropriate, in an online forum posting your views on certain topics covered in a particular unit.  
     • Synchronous communication tool (instant messaging)
    Using the synchronous communication tools (such as, skype, chat rooms, video-conferencing, or telephone etc.), you may discuss with the Module Instructor(s) and/or other students on line with reference to specific issues covered in a given unit.
    Throughout the Study Guide, you will find various forms of assessment/ self-assessment as follows: 

     -Online multiple choice questions on the topics covered. 
     -Online review questions designed to provoke thought/ action and reflection on the topics covered in each unit and their applicability in real life.
     -Online case study exercises that are designed to check that you can correctly identify relevant issues and apply concepts covered in a specific unit.
     -Discussion forum participation based on recommended articles and the questions offered for dynamic online interaction.
     -Instant messaging participation.
     -Further readings beyond those already recommended in this Guide.

    Assessment methods and criteria
    Midterm assignment50%
    Final Exam50%
    Language of instructionEnglish
    Work placement(s)NO