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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. DNV GL 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.

This section has a broad selection of maritime training courses covering all aspects of the daily operation of ships - from efficiency, environmental, safety and security issues, to risk management, ship technology and surveys and inspections.

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Operating Ships Programs

Energy Efficiency

  • EEDI in Practice - Energy Efficiency Design Index (1 day): This course is designed not only to give an overview of the IMO’s current development activities regarding the design index, but also to show participants how to calculate and to use the EEDI in practice.
  • Energy Efficient Operation of Ships - Masterclass (2 days): The eight modules cover the theoretical foundations of options in hydrodynamics, machinery operation and nautical operation as well as their practical implications. Hull roughness and antifouling are discussed in depth with reference to the upcoming ISO 19030 standard.
  • Voyage Optimization (1 day): The course covers fuel efficient voyage planning taking into account safe operation, weather and contractual requirements. Participants are made aware of options to lower consumption and gain deeper insight into the specifics of weather routing, rudder and autopilot use, ballast water use and speed setting.

Environmental Protection

  • Asbestos - A Hidden Hazard on Board Ships (1 day): Managing issues related to asbestos in line with the latest standards and experiences.
  • EU Regulation on Ship Recycling (EU SRR) (1 day): Knowledge how the EU regulation on ship recycling will affect the owners of EU flagged ships.
  • Hong Kong Convention on Ship Recycling (1 day): Knowledge about the preparation of IHM for new and existing ships and the requirements.
  • Optimizing Waste Management on board - Operational and Technical Management Issues (1 day): Guidance on how to comply with garbage management requirements of MARPOL Annex V.
  • Vessel General Permit (half day): The course provides detailed information on the requirements of the Vessel General Permit (2013 VGP) issued by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) to regulate discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels trading in US waters.

Management Systems

  • Basics of a Quality Management System according to ISO 9001 for Shipping Companies (1 day): Structure and basic requirements of the standard ISO 9001 and how to implement them.
  • Basics of an Environmental Management System according to ISO 14001 for Shipping Companies (1 day): Detailed information about the requirements of the standard ISO 14001.
  • Energy Management (ISO 50001) for Shipping Companies (1 day): Informs about the requirements of the energy management standard ISO 50001 (EnMS).
  • Implementation of an Environmental Management System according to ISO 14001 for Shipping (2 days): Requirements of the standard ISO 14001and how to implement them in the company ashore and on board.
  • Internal Auditor ISM/ISO 9001 for Shipping (2 days): The workshop is based on the recommendations for the qualification of auditors contained in ISO 19011, the standard that governs the auditing industry.
  • Internal Auditor ISM-ISPS-MLC for Shipping Companies (2 days): This course helps qualify participants as internal auditors (ISM, ISPS, MLC) enabling them to prepare and conduct internal audits/verifications within their shipping companies in accordance with accepted auditing principles.
  • Revised ISO standards 9001:2015 and 14001:2015 for shipping companies (1 day): Course about the changes to the ISO 9001 and 14001 standards and the implications for the management system in place in shipping companies.


  • Anchor Handling (half day): This module gives an overview about the operational aspects of Anchor Handling Tugs (AHTS)
  • Introduction to the Offshore Industry and Dynamic Positioning (1 day): Basic knowledge about the offshore industry and an introduction to dynamic positioning.
  • Offshore Vessel Management and Self Assessment (OVMSA) Workshop (2 days): The workshop provides practical support to improve your overall performance beyond what is required by the ISM Code and other management systems. It covers the purpose and scope of OVMSA Best Practice Guide and introduces the 12 principles of management practice for offshore vessels.

Regulations, Surveys and Inspection

  • Flag State Regulation (1 day): Familiarizing both ship and shore-based personnel with the obligations and duties of flag States.
  • Hull Inspection Course (1 day): Knowledge about tank inspections with focus on better control of maintenance. The course topics are relevant for all ship types, with an emphasis on oil tankers, bulk carriers and container ships.
  • Introduction to the Maritime Industry (2 days): Introducing the maritime world to newcomers into the business.
  • Introduction to the System of Maritime Regulations (1 day): Explaining international and regional conventions in the field of ship safety and protection of the marine environment.
  • Major IMO Convention Updates: SOLAS and MARPOL (half day): Updates of latest issues and their effect on new building as well as ship-in-operation.
  • Navigational Audits (1 day): This course focuses on the challenge of safe navigation and  covers the technical background regarding navigation and gives special emphasis to current developments and charterers’ requirements.
  • PSC - Interactive Workshop (1 day): This one-day workshop offers practical guidance on how to prepare for and manage PSC inspections. Participants will be introduced to a number of useful PSC tools specially developed by DNV GL to support ship operators in achieving compliant operations.
  • Surveys and Certificates (1 day): This module introduces the legal framework on ship inspections and surveys as well as the issuance of certificates. Distinctions are made between the requirements of the classification societies and the requirements of the flag states.
  • The SOLAS Convention (1 day): 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.
  • Vetting Inspections (2 days): This course provide and empower ship managers / owners / terminal operators and all those involved in the vetting process with a greater knowledge and additional skill sets to make properly informed decisions applicable to vessel vetting.

Risk and Emergencies

  • Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Management (1 day): Improving a company’s emergency preparedness.
  • Handling the Media Effectively: A Roadmap on how to prepare for and control a crisis (2 days): Training course providing knowledge how to become more proficient in media handling and crisis management.
  • HAZOP Leader Course (3 days): This course aims to train employees on the techniques to be used during the hazard identification process, but also focus on the skills needed to prepare and lead HAZOP sessions as well as to control the follow-up process of the recommendations made.
  • Management of Change - Risk Assessment (2 days): Tools to manage changes and risks and carry out Risk Assessment.
  • Maritime Risk Management and Incident Investigation (2 days): This two-day course is designed for shore and ship staff who want to get a better understanding of the principles of risk assessment and how they are related to the tasks of incident investigation. Participants will learn the step by step approach, starting with hazard identification and working through risk assessment and finally to risk management. Furthermore they will learn why and how to investigate incidents taking safety management principles into consideration. The course is highly interactive, switching regularly between input sessions using a presentation style and group work where participants will be involved in a variety of different activities (discussing, analyzing, applying, comparing, categorizing, etc.).
  • Media Handling for Shipping Companies (1 day): New requirements on shipping media response and how to influence public opinion after an accident.
  • Practical Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis - Methods and Tools (2 days): Training course building on previous knowledge and experience of incident investigation with focus on using a variety of different methods.
  • Practical Marine Risk Assessment (2 days): Building on previous knowledge or experience of risk assessment and highlighting a variety of different techniques.


  • Behaviour Based Safety (1 day): Course is about the importance of human behaviour when reacting to a crisis situation.
  • Handling and Transport of Dangerous Goods (IMDG Code Training) (2 days): This course help understand the purpose of the IMDG code and know how to comply with the regulations dealing with the classification, packing, handling, carriage, stowage and segregation of various classes of dangerous goods.
  • Maintenance of Life-Saving Appliances and Fire-Fighting Equipment on Board Seagoing Ships (half day): 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.
  • Understanding ISM (1 day): Training course dealing with requirements of the ISM Code and how to implement and maintain an effective SMS.


  • Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) Training (3 days): This module provides the participants with comprehensive knowledge to enable them to take on the duties and responsibilities as defined in the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.
  • Understanding ISPS (1 day): Knowledge of the ISPS Code requirements and understanding on board security management.

Ship Technology

  • Damage to Machinery and Repairs (1 day): Damage analysis and general requirements for repair of engines from a classification’s point of view.
  • Damages to the Hull Structure (1 day): Overview of damages and repair methods in the area of hull structures and equipment.
  • Hull Structure Course - Oil Tankers and Bulkers (3 days): Quality of hull inspections and the ability to evaluate the criticality of structural defects
  • LNG as Ship Fuel (1 day): Overview about the current developments in the field of gas as ship fuel.
  • Low Sulphur Fuel - Basics and Experience (half day): Managing the requirements concerning sulphur reduction for ship new buildings and ships in service.
  • Machinery Course (2 days): Upon completion of this course, the participants should, in general terms, know the role of Class and how Class works in relation to machinery, and they should know how to find related information through DNV GL Exchange. Common damages and possible repair methods will also be covered.
  • Maritime Battery Systems Introduction Course (1 day): The course will focus on important aspects for implementing battery systems onboard ships in a safe, economical and effective way.
  • Ship Technology Basics (2 days): Knowledge about basic technical processes on board, giving an impression of the overall ship system.

Ship Types

  • Bulk Carriers - Technical and Operational Aspects (1 day): Training course introducing the current regulatory framework for bulk carriers and considers its future amendments.
  • Container Ships - Technical and Operational Aspects (1 day): Expertise about current design and operational aspects of container ships.
  • LNG Carriers (1 day): Basic knowledge of the LNG market, ship types, cargo containment systems, operational and safety aspects.
  • LPG Carriers (1 day): Basic knowledge of the LPG ship types, cargo containment systems and the operational and safety aspects.
  • Multi-Purpose Ships - Technical and Operational Aspects (1 day): Basic understanding of problems of general cargo and heavy-lift operations.
  • Oil and Chemical Tankers - Technical and Operational Aspects (1 day): Technical and operational aspects of tankers and maritime regulations that apply to oil and chemical tankers.

Survey Simulator

  • Dry Docking - Survey Simulator Practice (2 days): The purpose of this training is to prepare you for dry docking of ships, improve the quality of your inspections of underwater part of ships and improve your ability to evaluate the criticality of defects and properly plan repairs.
  • Hull Inspection and Repairs - Survey Simulator Practice (3 days): The purpose of this training is to improve the quality of your hull inspections, enhance your ability to evaluate the criticality of structural defects and improve reporting skills. During the course you will learn the basic functions of a ship’s hull.
  • Hull Inspection using 3D Survey Simulator (Bulk Carriers)(1 day): Hull structure of bulk carriers and how inspections are carried out by using a simulator.
  • Hull Inspection using 3D Survey Simulator (Oil Tankers)(1 day): Hull structure of oil tankers and how inspections are carried out by using a simulator.
  • Inspection of Engine Room Condition and Safety for Captains - Survey Simulator Practice (1 day): This course is aimed at high quality and efficient inspection of ER safety, required to be carried out by the Master of a vessel.
  • ISM in Practice for Ship Officers (1 day): Basic but comprehensive knowledge on the ISM Code and understanding the principles and functional requirements of a related SMS.
  • ISM Internal Auditor - Survey Simulator Practice (2 days): Course dealing with ISM Code and auditing processes and practices by use of a simulator.
  • Machinery Surveys and Damage - Survey Simulator Practice (2 days): Course about structured damage analysis and applicable repair methods.
  • Newbuilding Hull Inspection - Survey Simulator Practice (2 days): Course about newbuilding inspections by use of a Survey Simulator Software.
  • PSC Top Deficiencies (1 day): Course providing knowledge about most frequent Port State Control (PSC) deficiencies in practical way.
  • Statutory Inspections - SOLAS, Load Line, MARPOL (3 days): Practical approach to statutory and class inspections.
  • Superintendent Course - Survey Simulator Practice (3 days): The aim of the training is to upgrade and refresh superintendent’s knowledge

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LAST UPDATED ON Mar 15, 2018