Ship­ping & Mar­itime Exec­u­tive Training


Founded in 1985, the Sin­ga­pore Ship­ping Asso­ci­a­tion (SSA) pro­motes and pro­tects the inter­ests of its Mem­bers, who are shipown­ers and oper­a­tors, ship man­agers, ship agents and ship­bro­kers. SSA also thrives to enhance the com­pet­i­tive­ness of Sin­ga­pore as an inter­na­tional mar­itime cen­ter. It was an amal­ga­ma­tion of five pre­vi­ous ship­ping asso­ci­a­tions, namely The Sin­ga­pore National Shipown­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion; The Sin­ga­pore Ship­ping Asso­ci­a­tion; The Ship­ping Agents’ and Bro­kers’ Asso­ci­a­tion of Sin­ga­pore; The Sin­ga­pore Barges and Tugs Asso­ci­a­tion; and the Sin­ga­pore Shipown­ers’ Association.

The SSA Exec­u­tive Devel­op­ment Pro­gram (pre­vi­ously known as SSA Voca­tional Train­ing Pro­gram) was set up in 1991 to imple­ment train­ing pro­grams for the ben­e­fit of SSA mem­ber com­pa­nies and the Sin­ga­pore ship­ping indus­try at large. SSA aims to pro­mote and incul­cate life­long learn­ing in the mar­itime com­mu­nity by pro­vid­ing highly rel­e­vant train­ing courses for shore-​based staff to be equipped with the per­ti­nent skill-​set for their jobs, whilst upgrad­ing the pro­fes­sional skills and stan­dard of the indus­try as a whole. Twelve long and short part time voca­tional courses are cur­rently con­ducted by full time pro­fes­sion­als from the ship­ping indus­try. The courses are very well sup­ported by the ship­ping companies.

SSA Training Programs

Diploma Pro­grams

  • Diploma in Ship Oper­a­tions & Man­age­ment (DSOM): The Diploma in Ship Oper­a­tions and Man­age­ment (DSOM) pro­gram is a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort of the SSA, Mar­itime and Port Author­ity of Sin­ga­pore (MPA) and the Sin­ga­pore Mar­itime Acad­emy (SMA) of Sin­ga­pore Poly­tech­nic in pro­vid­ing ship­ping exec­u­tives a struc­tured train­ing path­way towards acquir­ing ter­tiary level edu­ca­tion. This pro­gram is tar­geted at ship­ping and logis­tics per­son­nel. It aims to give par­tic­i­pants a greater level of under­stand­ing in Ship­ping Oper­a­tions and Ship­ping Man­age­ment. Junior and Mid­dle Man­age­ment Exec­u­tives who com­plete this Diploma will be able to per­form their jobs with a greater level of com­pe­tence and understanding.
  • Cer­tifi­cate of Per­for­mance (COP) Pro­gram: Par­tic­i­pants who are inter­ested in cer­tain sub­jects offered by the Diploma in Ship Oper­a­tions & Man­age­ment (DSOM) may wish to take up these courses on a sep­a­rate mod­u­lar basis. Upon suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of each mod­ule, a Cer­tifi­cate of Per­for­mance will be issued to par­tic­i­pants. How­ever, if par­tic­i­pants who are enrolled in the mod­u­lar pro­gram and man­age to suc­cess­fully com­plete all 11 mod­ules within a period of 3 years, they will be con­sid­ered eli­gi­ble for receiv­ing the full Diploma in Ship Oper­a­tions & Man­age­ment (DSOM).

Short Pro­grams

  • Intro­duc­tion to Ship­ping (1 day): This course pro­vides an overview of ship­ping prac­tices, its lia­bil­i­ties, roles and impact in inter­na­tional trade.
  • Prin­ci­ples of Ship­ping Oper­a­tions & Prac­tices (4 days or 13 evenings): This course is designed to acquaint par­tic­i­pants with the fac­tors which affect cargo and ship oper­a­tions and to enable them to adopt mea­sures for more effi­cient ship operations.
  • Prin­ci­ples of Ship­ping Doc­u­men­ta­tions & Prac­tices (4 full days or 13 evenings): This course is aimed at pro­vid­ing a basic intro­duc­tion of the ship­ping agency doc­u­men­ta­tion sys­tem from con­cep­tual and prac­ti­cal view­points to famil­iar­ize par­tic­i­pants with ship­ping terms, statu­tory and trade require­ments in the trans­porta­tion of goods.
  • Under­stand­ing Import/​Export Tech­niques and Doc­u­men­ta­tion (6 evenings): This course aims to help the par­tic­i­pants under­stand the inter­pre­ta­tion of ship­ping terms, learn the flow of let­ters of credit from open­ing to final nego­ti­a­tion, under­stand var­i­ous the types of ship­ping doc­u­ments used in inter­na­tional trade and appre­ci­ate the use of var­i­ous trade declarations.
  • Prin­ci­ples of Ship­broking & Char­ter­ing (8 evenings): To obtain a gen­eral but prac­ti­cal appre­ci­a­tion of the sub­ject. Enable stu­dents to han­dle char­ter­ing enquiries and be able to con­clude basic terms of com­mon dry cargo and tanker char­ter parties.
  • Ship­ping Law & Dis­putes (6 evenings): To enable ship­ping per­son­nel to have a gen­eral under­stand­ing of legal rela­tions which arise in the day-​to-​day busi­ness of com­mer­cial ship­ping. A treat­ment of com­mon ship­ping dis­putes will be imparted to the par­tic­i­pants through case studies.
  • Com­pli­ance of the IMDG Code for Trans­port of Dan­ger­ous Goods (3 days): Aim to pro­vide with basic knowl­edge of the IMDG Code. Prac­ti­cal guid­ance on how to com­ply the pro­vi­sions in the Code will also be provided.
  • Con­tainer Man­age­ment (4 after­noons or 6 evenings): This course is aimed at pro­vid­ing par­tic­i­pants with the knowl­edge of con­tainer man­age­ment and con­tainer operations.
  • Marine Insur­ance (6 evenings): This course is designed to acquaint those work­ing in the ship­ping indus­try with knowl­edge of marine insur­ance and how dif­fer­ent aspects of marine insur­ance play a role in shipping.
  • Effec­tive Writ­ten Com­mu­ni­ca­tion in the Ship­ping Indus­try (3 full days or 10 evenings): This course is designed to explain the impor­tance of the use of cor­rect Eng­lish Gram­mar in daily ship­ping busi­ness trans­ac­tions and com­mu­ni­ca­tions. In addi­tion, some tech­niques and use­ful point­ers in writ­ing telexes, let­ters and mem­o­randa, as well as pre­sen­ta­tion and analy­sis of numer­i­cal data in ship­ping sit­u­a­tions, will be explained.
  • Basic Course on the Code of Prac­tice for Bunker­ing (SS600:2008) (1 day): To famil­iar­ize par­tic­i­pants with the basic require­ments of the Sin­ga­pore Stan­dard SS600 and gen­eral knowl­edge of bunker­ing ser­vices in Singapore.
  • Inter­me­di­ate Course on the Code of Prac­tice for Bunker­ing (SS600:2008 Chap­ter 1 - for Cargo Offi­cers) (2 days): To enable par­tic­i­pants to gain more in-​depth and prac­ti­cal knowl­edge of the Code of Prac­tice for bunker­ing SS600.
  • Crew Oper­a­tions Man­age­ment (2 days): This course is intended to pro­vide the under­pin­ning knowl­edge to assist per­sonal and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment towards becom­ing an informed crew­ing agent for the recruit­ment and on-​going man­age­ment of sea going staff.
  • Mar­itime Labor Con­ven­tion 2006 - The Con­cise Per­spec­tive (8 hours): The course pro­vides use­ful insight into the need to safe­guard the well-​being of sea­far­ers and the frame­work of the Mar­itime Labor Con­ven­tion. It cov­ers the day to day oper­a­tional aspects as well as the con­trol and enforce­ment mech­a­nism with respect to the subject. your social media marketing partner