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SESS6069 Marine Law and Management

Module Overview

The first half of the course aims to explore the regulation of the sea through international law. Students will be introduced to and become familiar with the main sources of international law, particularly treaties and custom, and their application to various maritime zones and to those who use them - for transport and navigation, exploitation of resources, security, conservation and other purposes. It will also enable you to understand key management topics that are relevant to engineering practice, specifically Strategic Management, Marketing Management, and Operations Management.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Provide an understanding of the legal infrastructure of the use of the seas. • Introduce you to a number of important engineering management topics: strategic management, marketing management, and operations management.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • The international legal framework governing maritime matters.
  • The nature and scope of strategic, marketing and operations management issues of relevance to the engineer in a commercial environment.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Gain adequate knowledge of international legal structure on maritime matters and its application to particular problems.
  • Relate strategic, marketing and operations management understanding to examine engineering-based maritime business development.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Recognise, inform and respond to strategic, marketing and operations issues in the context of maritime business.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply strategic, marketing and operations management concepts to real situations.


MARINE LAW: • The Nature of International Law • The Sources of Law: - Treaties - Custom - General Principles - subsidiary sources • History of the Law of the Sea • Maritime Zones - jurisdiction over: - Internal waters - Territorial Sea - Bays, Straits, Archipelagos - Contiguous Zone - Exclusive Economic Zone • High Seas: - Flag State jurisdiction - Piracy and other exceptions to the flag State rule • The Control of Shipping: - Registration: Flag State Control - Flags of Convenience - Port State Control - Classification Societies • The Control of Pollution - Regulation: - MARPOL - SOLAS - Dumping - Regional Seas, etc • Pollution Liabilities and Control: - CLC - The Fund Convention - HNS Convention - The USA Dimension – Oil Pollution Act 1990 - Salvage MANAGEMENT: • Strategic Management • Marketing Management • Operations Management

Special Features

Laboratory experiment to measure the flow features and resistance components behind a typical ship hull form.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: A course of lectures supported by example sheets, case studies, assignments and directed self-study.

Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Follow-up work20
Completion of assessment task83
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

American Journal of International Law. 

American Journal of International Law. 

Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce. 

Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly. 

Ocean Development and International Law. 

R.R. Churchill and A.V. Lowe (1999). The Law of the Sea. 

Virginia Journal of International Law. 

International and Comparative Law Quarterly. 

Ocean and Coastal Management. 

Marine Policy. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 25%
Coursework assignment(s) 25%
Project 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 25%
Coursework assignment(s) 25%
Project 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite FEEG2006 Engineering Management and Law.

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