Shipbroking and Chartered Vessel Operations

ASBA Online Certificate Course.

The Maritime field is extremely broad and brings about relationships with a variety of people with varying levels of experience from the many different aspects of shipping. As you will see from the course topics, these many aspects of shipping are presented in a logical format. Through the lectures, questions and discussions you will prepare yourself or enhance your existing knowledge base for work in chartering or chartered vessel operations.


“This course has helped me tremendously with my work as a shipbroker having no prior experience in the shipping industry.  I was able to fix ships within 5 months of beginning work.  Along with guidance I get from my colleagues and being active on the phones, this course has provided me with an excellent understanding of the way business is conducted in ocean transportation. It also provided me with a better understanding of the terms and clauses that are used daily in conversations as well as C/P’s.  So in other words, thank you for a great course it has been a huge help.”

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Chartering & Charter Parties
Legal Framework
Charter Negotiations
Owner & Charterer Responsibilities

Chartering Terms & Abbreviations
Types of Ship Brokers
Ship Agency
Types of Ships
Commodities & Cargo Considerations

Charter Party Forms and Clauses

Time and Voyage
Sale & Purchase
Laytime, Demurrage, Despatch
Laytime Calculations
Voyage Estimating

Admiralty Law & Arbitration


5 - 6 hours for each of the 12 Modules
Review of lecture (1-2 Hours)
Additional reading assignments (1-2 Hours)
Posting, answering and reviewing questions to/from the professor (1-2 Hours)


Upon registration students will be sent details for registration into online course via THINKIFIC. Learning will be asynchronous. Each student will select his/her own time for attending the biweekly virtual class (by reading each week’s classroom lecture). Each student must also read any additional assignments for that lesson. Students may be required to answer questions for each lesson and check once the answers have been posted to the site. The professor is available for student questions in each lesson which students will post via THINKIFIC. Questions and their answers are viewable by all students. ASBA will award a certificate upon successful completion of all coursework and the Final Exam.


Jeffrey A. Weiss 

A Professor at the State University of New York, Maritime College and currently teaches courses in the business of shipping, charter parties, maritime law, marine insurance, and international commercial transactions, among others. He has taught similar courses at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture. Professor Weiss has taught courses offered by A.S.B.A. live and via the internet for many years.

Professor Weiss is also an attorney and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  Many years ago, Professor Weiss served onboard various American merchant ships as a deck officer. He has also worked shoreside in vessel operations.

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