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Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany with academy managers in 17 key locations around the world to provide expert training in more than 100 countries, DNV GL Maritime Academy provides one of the broadest portfolios of maritime training courses for the industry. The Maritime Academy provides over 150 different courses, one of the broadest portfolios in the industry.

The course portfolio is based around three core maritime themes, Developing People, Operating Ships, and Building Ships. Authentic case studies that enable the participants to apply what they have learned during the course and deepen their understanding of the subject matter.


The range of training courses focusing on the qualification of persons - developing competence and qualifying people for specific positions and job requirements in the shipping industry. Developing People section consists of the following sub areas of training courses: Competence and qualifications, Crew and crewing, Knowledge management, and Soft skills.

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Developing People Maritime Training




Competence and Qualification Courses

  • Approved HazMat Expert (4 days): The course has been specifically developed in order to train HazMat Experts in line with the IMO Hong Kong Convention - SR/CONF/45, the EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR), which has entered into force from 2013 and covers the related Guidelines for the Development of the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM).
  • Company Security OfficerShip Security Officer (CSO/SSO) (3 days): The course provides participants with the knowledge, understanding and proficiencies as required by STCW 78, as amended and the ISPS Code to undertake the tasks, duties and responsibilities as Company Security Officer (CSO) or Ship Security Officer (SSO).
  • Designated Person Ashore (DPA)(2 days): In this course the participants will be fully prepared to assume the role of DPA and provides them with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to implement and maintain the company’s Safety Management Code (SMS) as described in the ISM Code.
  • Internal Auditor ISM (2 days): This course will provide shipping and offshore company employees with the knowledge and tools necessary for performing and managing internal auditing procedures. Verification principles and methods for implementation of both formal and informal audit procedures will be examined and applied.
  • Internal Auditor ISM-ISPS-MLC for Shipping Companies (2 days): The course provides you with the knowledge and expertise necessary to plan and conduct combined ISM, ISPS and MLC audits and verifications. You will learn about the requirements related to the performance of the internal audits and verifications in an integrated system including those of the ISO 19011. In addition you will improve your communication skills which will strengthen your performance as an auditor.
  • Internal Auditor of an Integrated Management System according to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 And BS OHSAS 18001 for Shipping Companies (3 days): During this course you will learn how to use internal audits as a management tool for improving the system as well as the economics of a business. In accordance with the ISO 19011 you will be guided through the steps of an internal audit process.
  • MOU Superintendent Course (2 days): The course contains MOU in Operation related topics, such as classification systematics, hull damages, machinery surveys, port state inspections, and international regulations such as MARPOL, SOLAS, ISM, etc. 
  • Planning and Managing a Drydocking for Superintendents (3 days): This three-day practical course starts with an introduction to drydocking as well as general project management topics. It then takes participants through the entire practical process from the planning and pre-arrival stages to the actual docking and repair.
  • Superintendent Course (3 days): The course is aimed at personnel involved in ship management, and in particular ship owners' superintendents. he course contains topics related to Ships in Operation, such as classification systematics, damage to hull, CAP, machinery surveys, port state inspections, and international regulations such as MARPOL, SOLAS, ISM, etc.
  • Superintendent Workshop - Managing day to day operations (5 days): Training course providing knowledge, understanding and proficiency necessary to fulfill the role of a superintendent. The course focuses on day-to-day management of a vessel including support, maintenance, repair and dry docking.
  • Train The Trainer For Shipping Companies (3 days): This course provides participants with the knowledge, skills and understanding to design, organizes and deliver maritime training program whether conducted aboard or ashore. 

Crew and Crewing Courses




  • Complying with the MLC 2006 (1 day): This course will refresh general knowledge about the MLC 2006 requirements, application and responsibilities. One focus will be laid on the Declaration of Maritime Labor Compliance (DMLC) Part I and Part II and its relation to other maritime management systems.
  • Security Awareness Training for all Seafarers (1 day): The course provides participants with the knowledge required to enable personnel without designated security duties in connection with a Ship Security Plan (SSP) to enhance ship security in accordance with the requirements of Chapter XI-2 of SOLAS 74 as amended, the ISPS Code, and section A-VI/6-1 of the STCW Code, as amended.
  • Security Awareness Training for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties (2 days): The course provides participants with the knowledge required to enable personnel without designated security duties in connection with a Ship Security Plan (SSP) to enhance ship security.
  • STCW for Crewing Managers (1 day): This module reflects the tasks and responsibilities of personnel management in shipping companies and crewing agencies that need to have a deep understanding of the training and certification requirements of the seafarers employed in order to choose the best qualified personnel.
  • Understanding STCW, incl. latest Amendments (1 day): Within this course the background and general goals of the STCW Convention and Code are presented in detail. The aim of STCW is to ensure that seafarers trained and certified under its regime can meet the challenges that the shipping industry will be facing in the future. Course participants will become familiar with the structure and practical applications of the convention. The practical implications of the STCW’s requirements will be better understood.

Knowledge Management Courses

  • Knowledge Management (KM) Masterclass (5 days): Course giving a detailed overview of perspectives and approaches to recognize and realize KM opportunities. Over the course you will work on your own case and develop insights into KM that can be successfully implemented in your own organisation. You will have ample opportunity to receive feedback from our consultants and exchange ideas with the other participants.
  • Knowledge Retention and Transfer (1 day): The intensive and practical one day course is highly interactive. Short lectures, discussions and practical exercises in small groups are supported by up-to-date cases from DNV GL’s decades of consulting experience.
  • Road Mapping and Scenario Planning (1 day):The intensive and practical one day course is highly interactive is based on decades of consulting experience with strategic and tactical road maps and scenarios for product & market development and sustainability (energy efficiency, circular economy) in Europe.

Soft Skills Courses

  • Communicating and Leading Effectively (1 day): Course focusing on communication strategies and leadership.
  • Cross Cultural Working (2 days): Course focusing on the impact of culture upon communication in the workplace and management across cultures.
  • HSE Leadership for Managers Course (1 day): Course helping to become familiar with basic leadership principles for effective HSE risk management.

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LAST UPDATED ON Mar 15, 2018