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.
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