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.
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