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MT2006 Regulatory Framework of Shipping

[Lecture: 26 hr ; Tutorial: 0 hr ; Lab: 0 hr ; Pre-requisite: Nil ; Academic Unit: 2.0 ]


Learning Objective :

To understand the legal structure and framework of the shipping industry and the ‘international’ aspect and complexity of regulating such a dynamic industry.

Course Content :

History of Shipping, Shipping powers (historical to present day), Evolution of modern shipping laws, Choice of courts and jurisdiction, International conventions e.g. SOLAS, MARPOL, STCW, COLREGS, etc. Ratification of conventions, Laws of the seas (UNCLOS), International maritime regulatory bodies e.g., ILO, UNCTAD, OECD, IACS etc. Functions of BIMCO, Port state controls, Flag states control etc.

Course Outline :

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Topic

1

History of Shipping, Shipping powers (Historical to present day)

2

Ancient and medieval shipping laws, Evolution of modern shipping laws

3

Choice of courts and jurisdiction, Laws of the seas (UNCLOS)

4

International maritime regulatory bodies e.g. IMO, MSC, MEPC, UNCTAD

5

International conventions e.g. SOLAS, MARPOL, Ratification of conventions and force of law

6

International conventions e.g. STCW, COLREGS, IALA, BUOYAGE

7

Important shipping organizations e.g., Intertanko, Intercargo, ITF, MPA

8

Important shipping organizations e.g., ILO, ICS, ISC, PSC, Flag States

9

Role of ‘BIMCO’, ‘The Baltic Exchange’, Lloyds of London

10

Description and role of International Association of Classification Societies, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers

Learning Outcome :

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to comprehend:

  1. the difficulties of governing such a industry,
  2. the framework of legality in shipping,
  3. the need of international cooperation and commonality of regulations,
  4. the application of jurisdiction in cases of dispute,
  5. the historical background and the evolution of maritime law and practices,
  6. the role of conventions and functions of international bodies for coding and subsequent ratification by individual states to give the force of law.


Textbooks :

  1. Bruce Farthing and Mark Brownrigg, Farthing on International Shipping, Fourth Edition, LLP, 2013.
  2. Guilf, D. 2009, Shipping Interdiction and the Law of the Sea, Cambridge University Press.
  3. G. Pamborides, International Shipping Law: Legislation and Enforcement, 1st edition, Springer, 1999.


References :

  1. www.imo.org​
  2. http://www.ics-shipping.org/
  3. http://www.itfglobal.org/en/global/
  4. http://unctad.org/en/Pages/Home.aspx
  5. http://www.iso.org/iso/home.html
  6. http://www.balticexchange.com/