Mar­itime & Ship­ping Training


To the ship­ping and ship­build­ing world, the name Ger­man­is­cher Lloyd (GL) has been syn­ony­mous with reli­a­bil­ity, dili­gence and engi­neer­ing excel­lence since the com­pany was estab­lished as a ship clas­si­fi­ca­tion soci­ety by Ger­man ship-​owners in 1867. Today, more than 7200 ves­sels, equiv­a­lent to 100 mil­lion GT, are GL-​classed. GL facil­i­tates a great num­ber of stan­dards and joint indus­try and research projects each year and devel­ops new tools, method­olo­gies, stan­dards and rec­om­mended prac­tices to solve tech­ni­cal ques­tions while rein­forc­ing high safety and qual­ity standards.

Advanced train­ing is the key to per­sonal, pro­fes­sional and cor­po­rate suc­cess. With over 80 dif­fer­ent sem­i­nar top­ics GL Acad­emy has one of the broad­est port­fo­lios in the indus­try. A com­pre­hen­sive range of attrac­tive courses and work­shops enables you to put together cus­tomized, indi­vid­ual or company-​related train­ing pro­grams by using the mod­u­lar sys­tem for fur­ther training.

GL Acad­emy has an inter­na­tional net­work of train­ing insti­tutes. Coor­di­na­tors man­age local acad­e­mies in 17 dif­fer­ent loca­tions world­wide. More than 300 expert train­ers world­wide share the expe­ri­ence of 140 years of clas­si­fi­ca­tion with customers.

Maritime Seminars

Man­age­ment of Risks and Emergencies

  • Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness and Cri­sis Man­age­ment: In emer­gen­cies it is cru­cial that the right deci­sions are taken. This work­shop intro­duces meth­ods which allow con­trolled decision-​making under the con­di­tions of great stress. The prin­ci­ples of cri­sis man­age­ment are imparted and dis­cussed in case stud­ies and role plays. In par­tic­u­lar the influ­ence of the human ele­ment of emer­gency sit­u­a­tions is addressed.
  • TMSA Work­shop - Risk Assess­ment, Change Man­age­ment, Inci­dent Inves­ti­ga­tion: The mod­ule explains a prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tion of haz­ard iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, risk assess­ment and man­age­ment meth­ods in accor­dance with the objec­tives of the “TMSA Best Prac­tice Guid­ance” par­tic­u­larly with regard to the man­age­ment of change process. A sys­tem­atic approach and the appli­ca­tion tech­niques for inci­dent inves­ti­ga­tion based on the require­ments of TMSA ele­ment 8 is imparted. Indi­vid­ual steps of the process are exem­pli­fied with prac­ti­cal exercises.
  • Sim­u­la­tor Train­ing Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness: This prac­ti­cal sim­u­la­tor exer­cise builds on and com­ple­ments the work­shop Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness and Cri­sis Man­age­ment. The par­tic­i­pants have to respond to a pos­si­ble, sim­u­lated, real-​case emer­gency sce­nario. The bridge team, with the sup­port of the on-​shore emer­gency response team, has the chal­lenge to man­age the emer­gency. A bridge sim­u­la­tor pro­vides for real­is­tic surroundings.

Man­ag­ing Human Resources

  • Train the Trainer for Ship­ping Com­pa­nies: This course pro­vides par­tic­i­pants knowl­edge, skills and under­stand­ing to design, orga­nize and deliver mar­itime train­ing pro­grams whether con­ducted aboard or ashore. It is intended as a use­ful intro­duc­tion for mar­itime pro­fes­sion­als who have never con­ducted train­ing in the past or who have only lim­ited expe­ri­ence as instruc­tors. It empha­sizes the appli­ca­tion of up-​to-​date teach­ing aids and meth­ods in a vari­ety of con­texts. The STCW Con­ven­tion requires that any per­son con­duct­ing train­ing of sea­far­ers which will lead to a Cer­tifi­cate being issued is appro­pri­ately qual­i­fied. This course is designed to sup­port the imple­men­ta­tion of reg­u­la­tion I/​6 of the STCW Con­ven­tion con­cern­ing the qual­i­fi­ca­tions of instructors.
  • Intro­duc­tion to Crew­ing: The mod­ule intro­duces the tasks and respon­si­bil­i­ties of per­son­nel man­age­ment in ship­ping com­pa­nies and crew­ing agents which result directly and indi­rectly from the rel­e­vant mar­itime reg­u­la­tions. The mod­ule also deals with the require­ments for the qual­i­fi­ca­tion of mar­itime personnel.

Marine Safety Man­age­ment Systems

  • Des­ig­nated Per­son ashore (DPA) Train­ing Course: This course pro­vides par­tic­i­pants knowl­edge, under­stand­ing and pro­fi­cien­cies nec­es­sary for under­tak­ing the role as Des­ig­nated Per­son (DP) under the pro­vi­sions of the ISM Code. Prac­ti­cal case stud­ies and exer­cises are used to illus­trate duties, tasks and respon­si­bil­i­ties of the DP and pos­si­ble mea­sures to com­ply with the safety and envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion require­ments as laid down in the ISM Code. Achieve­ment of com­pe­ten­cies is assessed by means of a final test.
  • Inter­nal Audi­tor ISM/​ISO 9001:2008 for Ship­ping Com­pa­nies: The dif­fer­ent types and phases of audit are intro­duced. The audit process is intro­duced by means of prac­ti­cal case stud­ies related to ship­ping. Pos­si­ble dis­putes occur­ring dur­ing audit per­for­mance are dealt with in a role play. The work­shop is based on the rec­om­men­da­tions for the qual­i­fi­ca­tion of audi­tors con­tained in ISO Stan­dard 19011.
  • Inter­nal Audi­tor ISM-​ISPS for Ship­ping Com­pa­nies: The dif­fer­ent types and phases of audits and the prin­ci­ples for their con­duct are intro­duced. A sys­tem­atic approach to inter­nal audit­ing is explained by means of prac­ti­cal case stud­ies related to ISM audits on board ships and within their oper­at­ing offices and ISPS audits of the Ship Secu­rity Plan. Pos­si­ble dis­putes occur­ring dur­ing audit per­for­mance are dealt with in a role play exer­cise. The work­shop is based on the rec­om­men­da­tions for the qual­i­fi­ca­tion of audi­tors con­tained in ISO Stan­dard 19011.
  • ISM Code 2010 Amend­ments: This mod­ule will inform about the revi­sions in details, how safety man­age­ment sys­tems will be affected and explain what actions are required by com­pa­nies to ensure com­pli­ance. A prac­ti­cal case study is used to illus­trate pos­si­ble meth­ods for assess­ing risks and estab­lish­ing safeguards.

Mar­itime Basics

  • Off­shore Basics and Dynamic Posi­tion­ing: This mod­ule is directed at newly employed or lat­er­ally hired per­son­nel in the mar­itime indus­try with­out prior knowl­edge of the off­shore indus­try. The mod­ule starts with the his­tor­i­cal back­ground of off­shore activ­i­ties before going on to look at ves­sel types (e.g. AHTS, DSV, PSV, ROV Sur­vey) and dynamic posi­tion­ing. In addi­tion to the func­tion­ing of the DP sys­tem atten­tion is paid to the train­ing of the DP oper­a­tor. The work­ing envi­ron­ment of a DPO will also be briefly intro­duced. Prac­ti­cal case stud­ies are used as teach­ing meth­ods throughout.
  • Ship­ping Basics: The mod­ule explains the con­nec­tions between the crew, ship, cargo and the ship­ping com­pany. In addi­tion, major reg­u­la­tions and con­ven­tions regard­ing ship safety and the pro­tec­tion of the marine envi­ron­ment are intro­duced. Prac­ti­cal case stud­ies deepen the insisht gained.
  • Basics of Clas­si­fi­ca­tion for Indus­try and Suppliers

Mar­itime Regulations

  • Imple­men­ta­tion Work­shop ILO Mar­itime Labor Con­ven­tion: This work­shop offers expla­na­tions and solu­tions for com­pli­ance with the ILO Mar­itime Labor Con­ven­tion, 2006 (MLC, 2006). The require­ments will be ana­lyzed in detail and the rel­e­vant infor­ma­tion for ship´s crew, ship man­agers and crew­ing man­agers will be dis­cussed. Par­tic­u­lar atten­tion is paid to those areas of MLC, 2006 where indi­vid­ual con­ver­sion of ILO Mem­ber States (Flag Admin­is­tra­tion) is expected.
  • The SOLAS Con­ven­tion: This course presents the back­ground, the con­tent and the goals of the Con­ven­tion in detail. After look­ing briefly at the devel­op­ment of the Con­ven­tion, it intro­duces the gen­eral oblig­a­tions such as the sur­vey, inspec­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of var­i­ous types of ships as well as pro­vi­sions for port State con­trol and casu­alty inves­ti­ga­tion. The par­tic­i­pants are famil­iar­ized with each chap­ter of SOLAS with focus on con­struc­tion, sub­di­vi­sion and sta­bil­ity, fire pro­tec­tion, life-​saving appli­ances, radio com­mu­ni­ca­tions, nav­i­ga­tion, car­riage of haz­ardous car­goes, man­age­ment of safe oper­a­tion and mar­itime security.
  • Ves­sel Gen­eral Per­mit: The course pro­vides detailed infor­ma­tion on the require­ments of the Ves­sel Gen­eral Per­mit (VGP) issued by the Envi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Agency under the National Pol­lu­tion Dis­charge Elim­i­na­tion Sys­tem (NDPES) to reg­u­late dis­charges inci­den­tal to the nor­mal oper­a­tion of ves­sels trad­ing in US waters. The per­mis­si­ble efflu­ent lim­its and the cor­re­spond­ing best man­age­ment require­ments for any type of con­trolled dis­charge are thor­oughly pre­sented to help par­tic­i­pants iden­ti­fy­ing which of them are eli­gi­ble for cov­er­age in their ves­sels and to what extent their exist­ing main­te­nance and man­age­ment sys­tems com­ply with them.
  • Inter­na­tional Mar­itime Arbitration

Mar­itime Security

  • Company/​Ship Secu­rity Offi­cer (CSO/​SSO) Train­ing Course: The course pro­vides par­tic­i­pants with the knowl­edge, under­stand­ing and pro­fi­cien­cies as required by the ISPS Code to under­take the tasks, duties and respon­si­bil­i­ties as Com­pany Secu­rity Offi­cer (CSO) and/​or Ship Secu­rity Offi­cer (SSO). Prac­ti­cal case stud­ies, exer­cises and videos are used to illus­trate pos­si­ble mea­sures to com­ply with the mar­itime secu­rity require­ments as laid down in the ISPS Code. Achieve­ment of com­pe­ten­cies is assessed by means of a final test.

Marine Envi­ron­men­tal Protection

  • Marine Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion: Par­tic­i­pants are informed about cur­rent require­ments for bal­last water man­age­ment. Tech­ni­cal solu­tions for bal­last water exchange are explained with an empha­sis on con­tainer ves­sels and other cargo ves­sels. In addi­tion to the cur­rent state of devel­op­ment, an out­look on future treat­ment meth­ods is given.

Ship Tech­nol­ogy

  • Main­te­nance of Life-​Saving Appli­ances and Fire-​Fighting Equip­ment on Board Seago­ing Ships: This mod­ule pro­vides an overview on the legal frame­work and gives advice on the prac­ti­cal imple­men­ta­tion of pro­vi­sions for the main­te­nance of life-​saving appli­ances and fire-​fighting equip­ment on board seago­ing ships. The applic­a­ble inter­na­tional min­i­mum stan­dard to be met, addi­tional require­ments adopted by indi­vid­ual flag state admin­is­tra­tions and pro­vi­sions imposed by clas­si­fi­ca­tion soci­eties are intro­duced. Equip­ment, appli­ances and sys­tems sub­ject to spe­cific statu­tory or class main­te­nance require­ments are iden­ti­fied, also in terms of on board main­te­nance and ser­vice to be pro­vided by shore-​based ser­vice sup­pli­ers. By means of prac­ti­cal case stud­ies the pre­sented mate­r­ial is dis­cussed and the participant´s knowl­edge is broad­ened. The scope of main­te­nance exem­plar­ily illus­trated for selected fixed fire-​fighting sys­tems com­pletes this module.
  • Cer­ti­fied Coat­ing Inspec­tor accord­ing to IMO PSPC: The mod­ule has been specif­i­cally devel­oped for the ship­ping indus­try in order to train coat­ing inspec­tors in agree­ment with the IMO Per­for­mance Stan­dard for Pro­tec­tive Coat­ings (PSPC). Inter­ac­tive case stud­ies sup­port the learn­ing process dur­ing the the­o­ret­i­cal part of the course. The prac­ti­cal part of the course con­tains tests and inspec­tions, and is con­ducted in facil­i­ties that are equipped accord­ingly. Suc­cess­ful par­tic­i­pa­tion will be ver­i­fied through an exam­i­na­tion and will be con­firmed with a test and a cer­tifi­cate which also cer­ti­fies that the qual­i­fi­ca­tion is rec­og­nized inter­na­tion­ally. The mod­ule is offered in coop­er­a­tion with the com­pany Muehlhan AG.
  • Clas­si­fi­ca­tion and Prepa­ra­tion of New­build­ing Sur­veys: The mod­ule pro­vides basic knowl­edge of man­ag­ing new­build­ings. Spe­cial empha­sis is placed on approval of mate­ri­als and com­po­nents, yard deliv­er­ies, sea tri­als, sur­veys and cer­tifi­cates. Prac­ti­cal case stud­ies are used to enhance the pre­sented material.
  • Con­sid­er­a­tion of Local Ship Vibra­tion in the Design Process: The mod­ule starts with a gen­eral intro­duc­tion into ship vibra­tion. It is described how dif­fer­ent vibra­tion phe­nom­ena are con­sid­ered in the design process and an overview of rel­e­vant guide­lines is given. After a sum­mary of vibra­tion mea­sure­ment tech­niques focus will be put on local struc­tural vibra­tion. A suit­able design con­cept for the deter­mi­na­tion of stiff­en­ing schemes with regard to local vibra­tion char­ac­ter­is­tics is pro­posed. The usage of GL.LocVibs for the fast esti­mate of the nat­ural fre­quen­cies of local struc­tures is illus­trated by aid of a sim­ple exam­ple. Sub­se­quently, case stud­ies are con­ducted in order to train the meth­ods on dif­fer­ent exam­ples from ship­build­ing prac­tice, which cover typ­i­cal prac­ti­cal problems.
  • Fatigue Assess­ment of Ship Struc­tures: Ship and other marine struc­tures are affected by stresses vary­ing over time to a large extent. These cyclic stresses are mainly caused by the sea­way, but also by propul­sion plant exci­ta­tion forces as well as by changes in load­ing con­di­tions. Dur­ing the past years, eval­u­a­tion of fatigue life of ship struc­tures gained sig­nif­i­cance because of the con­tin­u­ous trend towards light­weight and highly opti­mized struc­tures, as well as the inten­si­fied use of higher ten­sile steel. In the course, suit­able tools for fatigue assess­ment will be pre­sented with respect to the fol­low­ing prob­lems - Avoid­ance of cracks in cyclic-​loaded struc­tural com­po­nents; Pre­dic­tion of fatigue life­time of marine struc­tures; and Ver­i­fi­ca­tion of dam­ages in view of appro­pri­ate repair measures.
  • Man­ag­ing New­build­ings: The mod­ule pro­vides basic and detailed knowl­edge of pro­ce­dures through to the deliv­ery of new­build­ings. Var­i­ous pro­ce­dures, such as the clas­si­fi­ca­tion of ships, ship­yard deliv­er­ies, sea tri­als, sur­veys and cer­tifi­cates are cov­ered. Prac­ti­cal case stud­ies are used to deepen under­stand­ing and trig­ger more detailed discussions.

Ship Types

  • Oil and Chem­i­cal Tankers - Tech­ni­cal and Oper­a­tional Aspects: Par­tic­i­pants are given an overview of cur­rent and future devel­op­ments, and aspects in tanker oper­a­tion and amend­ments to IMO con­ven­tions, as well as IACS require­ments. Prac­ti­cal case stud­ies derived from ship oper­a­tion are used to enhance the pre­sented mate­r­ial. In addi­tion, revised MAR­POL Annex II and IBC Code and their impact and con­se­quences on the fleet are dealt with.
  • Mar­itime Reg­u­la­tions for Naval Ves­sels: This mod­ule intro­duces reg­u­la­tions for the con­struc­tion and equip­ment of naval ves­sels with respect to ship safety and envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion. This mod­ule can only be booked as an in-​house course.
  • Multi-​Purpose-​Ships - Tech­ni­cal and Oper­a­tional Aspects: Nau­ti­cal offi­cers with­out expe­ri­ence on multi-​purpose ships will be led to a basic under­stand­ing of prob­lems of gen­eral cargo and heavy-​lift oper­a­tions. Par­tic­i­pants with­out nau­ti­cal back­ground will gain a bet­ter under­stand­ing of par­tic­u­lar oper­a­tions and deci­sions of the mas­ter. The course focuses on the prob­lem of sta­bil­ity when load­ing or dis­charg­ing heavy cargo units and the dis­cus­sion of prac­ti­cal aspects of load­ing and discharging. your social media marketing partner