Introduction to Shipping

Step into the shipping world with our new Introduction to Shipping course...

An online version of this popular course is now available, please email to register your interest and for further information.

Benefit from the experience and expertise of a leading professional organisation that understands the complex infrastructure of the shipping industry as a whole.

The Nautical Institute’s online Introduction to Shipping course is delivered for six hours spread over two days and is designed to give newcomers to the maritime industry a basic understanding of the vessels, the stakeholders and how they interact.

Course outline

  • What is shipping?
  • Type of vessels
  • Ship and Shore organization / hierarchy
  • Commonly used shipping terms
  • Functionality of logistic chain
  • Members of maritime cluster
  • Basics of commercial shipping and marine insurance
  • Demolition industry 
  • Seafarers right to protection
  • Innovation and challenges in shipping

The instructor

Captain Maneesh Varma AFNI
Captain Maneesh Varma AFNI

Head of Qualifications

With 25 years experience at sea, Captain Maneesh Varma worked through the ranks to Captain for Maersk. After coming ashore he gained qualifications in Shipping, Trade and Finance (MSc from Cass Business School), PGCE and PG Diploma in Marine Law. He also worked in Commercial Operations for Holbud Ship Management, London and SPL Shipping, New Delhi. 

Captain Varma has held numerous roles in the maritime training sector, working as senior lecturer in simulation at Warsash Maritime Academy, Lowestoft College and Liverpool John Moores University, where he assessed navigational risks for Dublin Port’s new RoRo Jetty. Currently working as the Head of Qualifications for The Nautical Institute, he works to enhance and manage The Nautical Institute’s DP qualification, self-study scheme and short courses.


About The Nautical Institute

The Nautical Institute is an international representative body for maritime professionals involved in the control of seagoing ships. It provides a wide range of services to enhance the professional standing and knowledge of members, who are drawn from all sectors of the maritime world. Founded in 1971, it has over 50 branches worldwide and some 7,000 members in more than 120 countries.