Most industries require its workforce to have some knowledge and to improve it, with time and experience, either by learning “on the job” or by studying – or both…

This is also relevant to commercial shipping. Those of you who have been in the Royal Navy and/or in Logistics will be comfortable within the commercial shipping environment. A deeper understanding of this broad and fascinating trade is essential if you want to be a professional. In order to progress, you will need to obtain globally–recognised qualifications.


By attending evening classes in central London withMaritime Education & Training Ltd – – you will acquire the ability to recognise the effect of the global economy on international trade, its effect on market sectors and its implications for trade routes. You will learn how to anticipate and monitor industry trends and establish appropriate strategies.


You will also learn about merchant ship types, cargo types, how to handle them, how to find the best possible match of ship and cargo at the right time and place and cost. You will become familiar with voyage estimating, with laytime and demurrage, with selling and buying ships, with tramp shipping and liner shipping, with general law and maritime law.


This is a highly regulated international industry. If you relish meeting people of different backgrounds and nationalities, if you enjoy a challenge, if you do not mind hard work – in short, if you are used to being in HM Forces and want to continue with that lifestyle in a civilian role, then shipping could be for you !