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MANG6371 Maritime Law (PT)

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Provide an understanding of the legal infrastructure of the use of the seas.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Commonly occurring contracts in the shipping industry;
  • The terminology of shipping law contracts and liabilities;
  • The role of the flag state and ship registration;
  • The legal risks associated with shipping business;
  • The tools of risk management provided by the law.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify the various contracts involved in shipping business and their purpose;
  • Communicate on the various types of shipping contracts using apposite terminology;
  • Assess contractual risks arising out of shipping business;
  • Plan business with reference to the contracts required and the method for making them;
  • Identify risks arising out of shipping business;
  • Plan insurance and finance to counter legal and non-legal risks.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Write effectively for business purposes;
  • Present effectively for business purposes;
  • Solve practical problems by identifying and analysing their elements;
  • Use effective and focused narrative to present issues to business partners.


1. Introduction to shipping contracts 2. Charterparties: bareboat, time, voyage 3. Cargo claims and bills of lading 4. Shipbuilding, sale, finance and flag state registration 5. Marine insurance: contracts and liabilities 6. Liabilities of the vessel: collisions, salvage, towage 7. Ship arrest: claims in rem and maritime liens, limitation of liability 8. Revision

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Lectures supported by example sheets, case studies, assignments and directed self-study Learning activities include • Lecture attendance • Reading • Assignment preparation

Independent Study70
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Virginia Journal of International Law. 

International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law. 

Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce. 

International and Comparative Law Quarterly. 

Yvonne Baatz (ed) (2017). Maritime Law. 

American Journal of International Law. 

Marine Policy. 

Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly. 

Ocean Development and International Law. 

Ocean Development and International Law. 

International Journal of International Law. 



In-class formative opportunities


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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