A 2-day Seminar in Ship Sale and Purchase organised by ICS Greek Branch for the AUEB MSc students in International Shipping Finance and Management.

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Greek Branch organised for the third year, on December 5th and 12th a seminar in Ship Sale & Purchase for AUEB MSc students’ International Shipping Finance & Management.

Ms Natalia Margioli, Managing Director of HMC/ICS Greek Branch welcomed the participants and the director of the MSc ISFM programme Prof. Manolis G. Kavussanos and talked on the merits of professional qualifications in current shipping market conditions. She introduced Mr Simon Ward, S&P Broker, Director of URSACHART S.A and lecturer at the ICS Greek Branch who gave 2 lectures on Ship Sale & Purchase with the topic “How ships are bought and sold and Why”. Some of the areas covered were shipping markets, shipping cycles and concluded with a workshop in shipping investment.

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The event was attended successfully by the students and they realized that Chartered Shipbroker status commands respect, demonstrating a commitment to lifelong learning and also opens the doorway to an established and worldwide network within the shipping industry.

The lecture was a great success, well-attended by the AUEB students and proved, once again, that educational bodies have recognised the importance of co-operation in reinforcing the most valuable resource of the shipping market: educated professionals.

13th Annual Forum ICS Greek Branch: « Sailing into calmer waters? Cautious optimism returns »

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Greek Branch held its 13th Annual Forum, on Wednesday, 29 th of November 2017 at Eugenides Foundation.

The title was: « Sailing into calmer waters? Cautious optimism returns » and the Forum was well attended by over 400 shipping professionals – from the Greek and International shipping community.

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A welcome address was made by Mrs Natalia Margioli - Komninou, FICS, Managing Director of the ICS Greek Branch and Hellenic Management Centre and Mr Nicolas A. Tsavliris, FICS, Chairman of the ICS Greek Branch and of the Tsavliris Salvage Group.

This year the distinguished speakers were part of a Q&A session where they were called to answer questions related to the field of their practice. The eminent personalities that constituted the panel and gave their valuable views on current shipping issues were: 

  • Mr Konstantinos Bitounis, FICS, Solicitor, Piraeus office Manager, Waterson Hicks
  • Ms Amalia Miliou- Theocharaki, MICS, Chartering Manager, TEO Shipping Corporation Ltd
  • Mr Menelaos Pangalos, MICS Managing Director Chios Navigation (Hellas) Ltd
  • Mr Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO
  • Mrs Katerina Stathopoulou, Executive Director, Investments & Finance Ltd.
  • Mr Simon Ward, FICS, Director, Ursa Shipbrokers
  • Mr Adrian Wooldridge, MICS, Chief Commercial Officer, Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation
  • Mr Fotios Zeritis, FICS Commercial Shipping & Strategic Planning Analyst, Qatar Gas Transport Company

The panel moderator was Mr Ilias Bissias, Director of Naftika Chronika

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The panel of the 13th Annual Forum of the ICS Greek Branch

At the end of the Q&A session, there was an impressively interactive discussion between the audience and the panel, proving the fact that the ICS Annual Forum is not only a meeting point of shipping professionals but a place of exchanging ideas and learn from each other.

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Once again, the year’s proceedings included the Awards Giving Ceremony for the students that excelled at the ICS Examinations in November 2016 and May 2017.

The ICS Greek Branch was recognised for the fourth time for being once again the largest examination centre in the world with the most students participating at the ICS Examinations. More than 500 shipping executives attended the ICS Professional Training Programmes and took the ICS Examinations. This year 8 candidates have distinguished in their exams and were awarded for their efforts and achievements.

The awarded candidates were:

·   Ms Alexia Adrianopoulos, Cape Maritime, distinction in Ship Sale & Purchase examination

·   Ms Froso Alvanou, Regal Agencies, distinction in Shipping Business examination

·   Mrs Dimitra Gelti, Attorney-at-Law and Mediator, excellent performance in Marine Insurance Examinations within the Greek Branch

·   Mr Ioannis Ioannides, Ursa Shipbrokers distinction in Ship Sale & Purchase examination

·   Mrs Christina Karasarli, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited, distinction in Shipping Finance examination

·   Mr George Kefalos, distinction in Shipping Finance examination

Also, two Greek Students were distinguished internationally, achieving the highest marks worldwide:

·   Mr Dimitris Lamprou, Super Eco Management, for achieving the highest mark worldwide in Ship Sale & Purchase examination

·   Mrs Eleni Mavrea, distinction in Ship Sale & Purchase examination, highest mark worldwide in Shipping Law and in Dry Cargo Chartering examination

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 The 13th Annual Forum of the ICS Greek Branch was held with the kind contribution and support of the following sponsors:

Acropolis Chartering & Shipping Inc., Capital Ship Management Corp., Cass Technava Maritime S.A., Danaos Corporation, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Ltd., Element Shipmanagement S.A., European Product Carriers Ltd., Gac Shipping S.A., Gregale (Dry Bulk) Shipping, Hellaschart Ltd., Hollman Fenwick Willan International, Navios Maritime Holdings Inc, S. Frangoulis Shipmanagement, Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp., Springfield Shipping Co Panama S.A., Super Eco Tankers Management Inc., Target Marine S.A., The Marshall Islands Registry, Technomar Shipping Inc., Tsavliris Salvage Group, Tsakos Energy Navigation

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OPEN DAY for the LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece) of Queen Mary University of London

Book your appointment now!

 The Queen Mary University of London and Hellenic Management Centre open its door to potential students of the LLM in International Shipping Law Programme on Friday, 24th of November 2017 from 11:00 to 19:00.

The Open Day is a great opportunity:

- To find out more about the LLM in International Shipping Law Programme, a new programme created by QMUL, following the success of the London-based LLM in International Shipping Law. This Programme is taught by Centre of Commercial Law Studies academic staff at the Hellenic Management Centre in the heart of Piraeus.

- To discuss with university representatives the entry requirements, the learning and teaching methods, the tuition fees, the available scholarships and academics teaching on the programme, as well as the applications' procedure.

Who may attend:

- Law Graduates with a degree in law or a degree with substantial law content
- Non Law Graduates / working professionals with relevant professional experience that directly relates to the specialist LLM taught courses. Members of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers along with professional experience will also be considered.

Venue: HMC Premises,1 Platonos str. & Sotiros Dios str., Piraeus, 18535

Hours: 11:00-19:00 (upon registration at specific time slot)

In order to meet Ms Angeliki Polatou, Postgraduate Programme Administrator (Piraeus/Global), CCLS, QMUL, book your time slot at the following link: http://www.helmc.com/llmopenday .

Greek Students awarded at the Institute’s Prize Giving Ceremony 2017 in London

This year the Institute's prize giving ceremony took place on 29th of October at the prestigious Trinity House in London. The event was organised as always to celebrate our student's successes at the ICS Professional Qualifying Examinations in November 2016 & May 2017.

After the traditional remarks from Institute senior officers, Bruce Ogilvy FICS, Michael Taliotis FICS and Richard Sayer FICS, the prize winners started to walk down the aisle to receive their awards directly from relative donors.

Among the candidates winning multiple prizes, two students from Greece were awarded for their excellent performance at the ICS Examinations.

Eleni Mavrea, received the Baltic Exchange Awards for gaining the highest marks worldwide at both Shipping Law and Dry Cargo Chartering Examinations.

Dimitris Lambrou received the Peter Talbot Willcox Memorial Award for gaining the highest marks in Ship Sale and Purchase Examinations.

Mr Lambrou receives his award by Mr M Taliotis, ICS International Chairman and Mr  K Franz, Chairman, Chairman of ICS Membership Committee.

Mr Lambrou receives his award by Mr M Taliotis, ICS International Chairman and Mr  K Franz, Chairman, Chairman of ICS Membership Committee.

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After the awards ceremony, attendees had the chance to meet and network with fellow students, Institute’s officers and prominent industry figures at a cocktail reception.

Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Greek Branch Students visit a containership ‘’M/V Tital’’at Piraeus Container Terminal

A visit for the students of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Greek Branch was arranged on 12th October 2017 on board the containership “M/V Tital” during her call at Piraeus Container Terminal.

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Students were grateful to be given the opportunity to visit a vessel, the integral part of commercial shipping they have been long studying in theory, while preparing for the ICS Professional Qualifying Examinations, leading to ICS Membership, the only professional qualification that is internationally recognized as a mark of competence for shipping professionals.

Special thanks to the master and crew of the vessel for taking on tour of the vessel the ICS Students and explaining them her main parts, her equipment and their functions.

Last but not least, we would like to thank Mr Nikos Marmatsouris, Fellow Member of the Institute and Senior Marketing Manager of GAC Shipping S.A. for arranging the visit onboard.

LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece) offered by Queen Mary University of London

Admissions for intake 2018/2019 are now open

Queen Mary University of London and the Hellenic Management centre proudly announce that applications are now open for the 2018 intake for The LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece), an innovative postgraduate degree based on the successful London-based LLM in International Shipping Law and offered in Piraeus Greece.

The programme is taught by experts of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies of the Queen Mary University of London, one of UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions with its Law Department currently being ranked 3rd in the UK and 1st in London. The programme is taught in co-operation with the Hellenic Management Centre (HMC), an institute committed to professional education and development within the shipping industry since 1999; at its premises in Piraeus.

 This innovative postgraduate degree offers students the opportunity to develop academic and professional expertise in specialized areas of global maritime law, including Maritime Arbitration, Charter-parties: Law and Practice, International Regulation of Shipping, Marine Insurance Law, Carriage of Goods by Sea, “Wet” Shipping Law: Collisions and other Incidents at Sea.

The programme is addressed to Lawyers, Law graduates, and Shipping Professionals with relevant work experience and an academic background and is taught in intensive blocks throughout two academic semesters, so that it can be fitted in with any other professional commitments.

The entry requirements for Law graduates are a degree in law, or a degree with substantial law content, normally of at least upper second class honours (or equivalent 7/10), whereas non-law graduates will be considered on the basis of professional experience that directly relates to the specialist LLM taught courses. Membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers along with professional experience will also be considered.

 It is a unique opportunity for people living in Greece, to attend this prestigious programme without having to relocate, while at the same time two partial scholarships offered by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies and open to Home/EU students only, are available for this programme.

Applications are open for the 2018 intake.

For further information, please contact us: +30 210 4125945 or visit the link: http://www.helmc.com/programme-overview/

Great Success of the Open Day

On September 21st 2017, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers organized an open day event at the key Institute centres internationally preceding the success of open days organized back in February and June 2017. The event was an opportunity for potential students of ICS to come and find out more about the ICS Membership Qualification.

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers currently has over 5.000 students studying in six continents for the ICS Professional Qualifying Examinations, leading to ICS Membership, which is the only professional qualification internationally recognized.

The Open Day held at ICS Greek Branch was a great success. More than 40 potential candidates attended the event.

The candidates had the chance to discuss the study options offered by ICS, to review the Syllabus of the ICS and meet the tutors, who are highly experienced shipping professionals and who offered them their invaluable guidance regarding which subjects to attend depending on their academic and professional background.

Participants found out more information about the new intake and the registrations of the ICS Annual Professional Maritime Programme, which starts in January 2018. The Course prepares the candidates for the ICS Professional Qualifying Examinations, leading to ICS Membership.

The ICS Programme is unique in its training approach as candidates are in the position to directly relate and apply the knowledge, skills and expertise gained from the course immediately on their work.  It gives them the opportunity to broaden their understanding of the industry and expand their career potential. It is a qualification which is a mark of competence for shipping professionals worldwide. 

For more information about the new Intake, contact us:

Tel: +30 210 4125945

E-mail: helmc@otenet.gr 

ICS Greek Branch Open Day

ICS Greek Branch OPEN DAY
Thursday, 21st September 2017

The HMC / ICS Greek Branch is opening its doors to potential students on Thursday, 21st of September 2017 from 11:00 to 19:00, within the context of the International Open Day organized by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

Participants will have the chance to find out more about the ICS Maritime Professional Qualification. The ICS qualification has an international recognition and it is a mark of competence for the shipping community worldwide.

The Open Day is a great opportunity:

- To find out more about the ICS Professional Maritime ProgrammeICS Examinations, what it offers & its entry requirements

- To meet local tutors and discuss with them about the ICS Syllabus

- To find out about the ICS Membership the unique hallmark of professionalism in the international shipping industry.


Who may attend:

- Graduates and Professionals of finance, management, legal and engineering background who wish to enter into the shipping industry.
- Shipping Professionals – shipbrokers, operators, charterers, maritime lawyers, agents, financiers- who wish to upgrade their theoretical and practical background and certify their expertise. 
- Officers of the Merchant Marine– willing to enhance their sea-going experience and practice with the commercial knowledge.

Venue: HMC Premises,1 Platonos str. & Sotiros Dios str., Piraeus, 18535

Hours: 11:00 – 19:30

For more information and registrations click here: Registrations are now closed

Contact us to find out about the next Open Day and the new Intake for the ICS Professional Maritime Programme 2018.

New Academic Year for the LLM in International Shipping Law, QMUL

New Academic Year of the Queen Mary University of London LL.M. in International Shipping Law, Piraeus Greece

Queen Mary University of London organized its induction weekend for the LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece), on the 8th and 9th of September at the Hellenic Management Centre premises in Piraeus. Once again this prestigious and successful event initiated the new academic year of the programme, which is based on the successful London-based LLM in International Shipping Law.

The programme is taught by experts of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies of the Queen Mary University of London, one of UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions, with its Law Department constantly ranked in the top 5 of the UK. The programme is taught in co-operation with the Hellenic Management Centre (HMC), an institute committed to professional education and development within the shipping industry since 1999, at its premises in Piraeus.

This innovative postgraduate programme offers students the opportunity to develop academic and professional expertise in specialized areas of global maritime law, including International Regulation of Shipping, Maritime Arbitration, Charterparties: Law and Practice, , Marine Insurance Law, Carriage of Goods by Sea, “Wet” Shipping Law: Collisions and other Incidents at Sea.

The programme is addressed to Lawyers, Law graduates, and Shipping Professionals with relevant work experience and an academic background and is taught in intensive afternoon and weekend blocks throughout two academic semesters, so that it can be fitted in with any other professional commitments. It is considered by the shipping industry as a unique opportunity for students and maritime professionals living in Greece, to attend it without having to relocate.

The Induction weekend, impeccably organized, gave the students the opportunity to get acquainted with all the information and details regarding the programme.

Students were welcomed by QMUL and HMC staff, while they also had the opportunity to meet Dr Alexandros Ntovas, the Academic Director of the programme, as well as QMUL officials, who gave them crucial information about the study experience that awaits them.

Students were excited about the academic introduction to the programme, as well as the introduction to the learning experience that they will go through. By attending this programme they will get the support they need to excel in their field and have a great impact in the shipping industry using their acquired knowledge and expertise.

Good Luck to them!

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3rd International Summer Law School organized by Elsa Greece

3rd International Summer Law School organized by Elsa Greece on «Maritime Law: Insurance Law and Piracy Issues»

The 3rd very successful International Summer Law School organized by The European Law Students' Association - ELSA Greece, took place in Athens from 17-21 July 2017 on «Maritime Law: Insurance Law and Piracy Issues».

Participants were law students from all over the world and the academic programme contained a variety of courses outline and covered a wide spectrum of Maritime Law, Marine Insurance, Piracy and Law of the Sea.

On 21st July Elsa Greece and HMC organized at Papastratos Venue a seminar on “Legal Issues of Ship Sale & Purchase Practice” delivered by Mr. Simon Ward, FICS, Director at Ursa Shipbrokers.

The Hellenic Management Centre,  proud Partner of Elsa Greece, would like to congratulate the organizers for their efforts that led to this successful event, which we hope will be established and will take place annually, contributing in making Piraeus an international academic maritime hub.

Cluster organisation signs MoU with Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers

We are delighted to announce the MoU between the Institute and Malta Maritime Forum.

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Cluster organisation signs MoU with Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers to deliver courses for operations and logistics professionals

London and Valetta, 21st July 2017. The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and the Malta Maritime Forum have signed an MoU which will support the education of shipping professionals in Malta as part of the island's maritime growth strategy.

Pictures show (L-R standing) Godwin Xerri, MMF Board Member and Managing Director, Focal Marine Shipping Agency, Joe Borg, MMF Chairman and former EU Commissioner, Dr Ann Fenech, MMF Board Member and President of the Malta Maritime Lawyers' Association, Joseph Bugeja, MMF CEO and General Manager, Malta Motorways of the Seas, (seated) Michael Callus, MMF Board Member, Head of Education, Safety, Quality Sub-Committees and Director Medsea Shipping Agency, and Matt Gilbert, Head of Business & Partnerships, The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

The MoU formalises informal co-operation between the MMF and the Institute which goes back 40 years and will serve as a vehicle to jointly formulate and develop activities. The MMF will build upon this link to provide the local maritime industry with formal education which is recognised internationally.

"Malta is already well served with courses for engineers, masters and lawyers, where we lack higher professional courses is for ship agency, terminal operators and port authority staff," explains Michael Callus, Chairman of the MMF Sub-Committee for Education. "Until now, there has been reliance on on-the-job training but the changing dynamics of logistics means we have to adapt. Excellence in multimodal transport and logistics are essential for Malta to remain competitive in attracting investment."

Under the terms of the MoU signed in mid-July, the Institute will support the MMF in delivering courses and supporting students from the start of the upcoming academic year in September 2017.

"The MMF includes in its membership a number of fellows and associates who considered the Institute as their primary education and training partner in the early stages of their career," says Julie Lithgow, Director of the Institute. "As Malta looks to build its market position with new professional qualifications, the Institute is delighted to be supporting the next generation of maritime professionals in their quest for knowledge and education."

The MMF, together with various educational entities and maritime associated partners will advertise the careers available in shipping at grass roots levels, starting with Secondary Schools and ultimately will serve as a catalyst for increased maritime education and specialised courses in Malta.

 

 

 

Shipping Markets: Changing Dynamics Masterclass Seminar by ICS Greek Branch

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Greek Branch, on the occasion of the Educational Committee Council meeting in Greece, organised a masterclass seminar at the Piraeus Marine Club on Tuesday 13th of June 2017 with the theme of: ''Shipping Markets: Changing Dynamics''
The Increase in the “Rate of Change” in the demand & supply factors is bound to change the way we do business. Our special thanks to Mr Jagmeet Makkar, MSc (Cass) PCBA FICS FRINA FIMarE(I) MCIArb who presented the seminar

Charterparties Seminar organized by HMC and Queen Mary University of London for Elsa Members and Friends

The 3rd very successful seminar on Charterparties in Shipping Market that was organized by HMC and Queen Mary University of London, took place in Thessaloniki on Monday 3rd of April 2017.

Following the success of the seminars that were organized in 2015 and 2016 in Athens, the ELSA Members and Friends in Thessaloniki had the chance to attend a maritime seminar delivered by Dr. Miriam Goldby, senior Lecturer in Law of the LLM In International Shipping Law Course of the Queen Mary University of London. The participants - law students and graduates from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - were enthusiastic for the maritime topic taught and were really interactive during the lecture.

The Hellenic Management Centre and Queen Mary University of London, proud Partner of Elsa Greece,support ELSA academic actions and initiatives and will participate also at the 3rd Summer School on Maritime Law: Safety & Security organized by ELSA Greece in July.

Student Cruise organised by ICS Greek Branch

A 3-day cruise was organised by ICS Greek Branch and ALBA Business School on 7th April. It was really fun and everyone enjoyed the sunny days on board and the excursions in Mykonos, Efessos, Patmos, Crete and Santorini.

Special thanks to Celestyal Cruises for the amazing cruise and Dr. Katerina Athanasiou for helping us exploring Team Building games, to know each other better.

On Board Visit for ICS Students

A visit for the students was arranged on 24th March 2017 on board the container ship “Ital Oriente” at Piraeus Container Terminal.

The students were taken on a tour of the vessel while members of the crew explained her main parts and equipment and their relevant functions. Everyone went around the bridge, the accommodation and engine room. It was a good insight into the reality of merchant ships in action. Special thanks to GAC Shipping for arranging the visit, to the ship-owning company and to the crew for its great assistance.

Students were grateful to be given the opportunity to visit a vessel, the integral part of commercial shipping they have been long studying in theory, while preparing for the ICS Professional Qualifying Examinations, leading to ICS Membership.

 

P&I Clubs Workshop offered by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in Greece and Hellenic Management Centre

Students attending the LLM in International Shipping Law Programme offered by Queen Mary University (QMUL) in Greece and Shipping Professionals from all spectrums of the shipping market had the opportunity to attendP&I Clubs Workshop organized by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, QMUL and the Hellenic Management Centre on Saturday, 11th of March 2017, at HMC Premises in Piraeus.

The workshop was coordinated academically by Dr. Alexandros Ntovas, Lecturer in Shipping Law and Director International Shipping Law Programme (Piraeus, Greece).It also featured 2 sessions led by two guest speakers - eminent practitioners in the Greek shipping marketwho covered the practical part of the workshop: Ms. Dorothea Ioannou, Managing Director, SCB (Hellas) Inc.,Global Business Development Director, from the American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association Inc. presented the Collisions P&I cover, FDD and the interplay of Hull RDC and Mr Andrew Dyer, Partner ataddressed the Salvage liability for Clubs, Direct Action issues, and LOUs/LOIs.

The workshop served as an intellectual platform to communicate current practical experience from leading practitioners in matters highly related to P&I Clubs.

It examined the operation of P&I Clubs as mutual insurance associations and to this end their vital role to the existence and running of the international shipping community and trade.

It covered their history, development and structure, their basic rules of cover and the provision of security, as well as the legal concepts underlying their operation. It additionally examined the various risks Clubs insure against, their financial operation, the International Group of Protection and Indemnity Clubs (including its structure, cover and importance), and how these associations relate to other forms of insurance.

 The workshop also put emphasis on ‘wet’ shipping law issues featuring a critical insight into the legal role of P&I Clubs in relation to collisions and salvage.

 The workshop was part of the academic curriculum ofthe LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece), of the CCLS, Queen Mary University in Greece.

 The LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece)is an innovativepostgraduate degree based on the successful London-based LLM in International Shipping Law and offered in Piraeus Greece by Queen Mary University of London and Hellenic Management Centre.

The programme is taught by experts of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies of the Queen Mary University of London, one of UK's leading research-focused highereducation institutions. The programme is taught in co-operation with the Hellenic Management Centre (HMC), an institute committed to professional education and development within the shipping industry since 1999; at its premises in Piraeus.

This innovative postgraduate degree offers students the opportunity to develop academic and professional expertise in specialized areas of global maritime law, including Maritime Arbitration, Charterparties: Law and Practice, International Regulations of Shipping, Marine Insurance Law, Carriage of Goods by Sea, “Wet” Shipping Law: Collisions and other Incidents at Sea.

The programme is addressed to Lawyers, Law graduates, and Shipping Professionals with relevant work experience and an academic backgroundand is taught in intensive blocks throughout two academic semesters, so that it can be fitted in with any other professional commitments.

The entry requirements for Law graduates area degree in law, or a degree with substantial law content, normally of at least upper second class honours (or equivalent 7/10), whereas non-law graduates will be considered on the basis of professional experience that directly relates to the specialist LLM taught courses. Membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers along with professional experience will also be considered.

It is a unique opportunity for people living in Greece, to attend this prestigious programme without having to relocate, while at the same time two partial scholarships offered by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies and open to Home/EU students only, are available for this programme.

 

 

                  

ICS Students Visit on board MV Kasteelborg at port of Piraeus

A visit for the students was arranged on 1st March 2017 on board the multi-purpose vessel MV Kasteelborgat the port of Piraeus.

The students were taken on a tour of the vessel while members of the crew explained their main parts and equipment and their relevant functions. Everyone went around the cargo hatches, the bridge, the accommodation and engine room. It was a good insight into the reality of merchant ships in action.

Students were grateful to be given the opportunity to visit a vessel, the integral part of commercial shipping they have been long studying in theory, while preparing for the ICS Professional Qualifying Examinations, leading to ICS Membership.

ICS Greek Branch Pitta Cutting 2017

On Thursday, 26th January, ICS Greek Branch had its Traditional Pitta Cutting on the occasion of the New Year celebration.

More than 70 members attended the event, which was held at PIRÉE Venue in Piraeus.

Instructors, administration, members and friend of the branch had the chance to meet and share thoughts and wishes in a pleasantly warm atmosphere.

The lucky winners were Ms Theodora Leka, MICS and Mrs Natalia Margioli, FICS

12th Annual Forum Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Greek Branch

In an extremely well-organized event, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Greek Branch held its 12th Annual Forum, on Wednesday, 7th December 2016, at the Eugenides Foundation.

The title was: « Future Imperfect: Shipping’s route out of crisis » and the Forum was well attended by over 400 shipping professionals – from the Greek and International shipping community - covering all spectrums of the industry.

Eminent personalities of the international shipping market participated at the Panel and provided the attendees with an enlightening approach to the topic and their thoughts on the market prospects

Queen Mary University of London & HMC Celebration for 2016 Graduation

Queen Mary University of London and the Hellenic Management Centre hosted a celebratory reception that took place in Piraeus on Thursday, November 10th, 2016.

The event was held on the occasion of the graduation of last year’s student cohort of the LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece), an innovative programme offered in Piraeus by Queen Mary University of London, one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions, constantly ranked with the first five law schools in the UK.

At the same time this year’s student cohort was welcomed. The event was well attended by prominent personalities of the shipping and legal sectors.

Students and attendees were welcomed by Dr Alexandros Ntovas, the Academic Director of the programme, as well Ms Natalia Margioli HMC Managing Director. Both QMUL and HMC representatives congratulated students on their achievements so far but also reviewed the importance of the programme and what it has offered them in order to succeed in their endeavors.  

The programme is taught by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), who have a world-wide acclaimed reputation as a provider of high quality education in commercial law, which can be placed at the service of governments, public bodies, overseas institutions, the legal profession, industry and commerce.

To this end, the LLM in International Shipping Law in Piraeus honours the long established Greek tradition in shipping by bringing a programme of excellent academic standards in the heart of a major international shipping centre. It is delivered by the CCLS academic staff at the prestigious facilities of the HMC in Piraeus, and it is designed to equip maritime professionals and graduates alike with an in depth understanding of legal theory while gaining new perspectives on shipping issues. The programme is taught in six intensive blocks throughout two academic semesters, so that it can be fitted in with their other professional commitments.

A cocktail reception and buffet dinner followed. It was a successful and well attended event which proved once again that Piraeus is truly part of an international shipping network and a maritime educational hub.