Diploma in Shipping and Maritime Operations

July 8, 2021


This Diploma in Shipping and Maritime Operations qualification is offered to high school graduates, aiming to become a Ship Captain and sail the national and international waters on ocean going ships. This pre-sea qualification meets the requirements of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for seafarers that is prerequisite for obtaining a Certificate of Competency issued by national governing authority, The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, UAE.

This course is intended to provide the students with the knowledge, skills and competency necessary to prepare them to perform safely and effectively the duties of an Officer in charge of a Navigational watch (OICNW), on board ships of unlimited voyage in accordance with the International Convention and STCW 1978, with the 2010 Manila Amendments.

This Diploma will also provide the skills and knowledge relevant to many shore-based careers in the operational aspects of shipping, including ship management, cargo handling, pilotage, towage, pollution control, surveying, port control and other marine related occupations.

Course Content:

The 12-month Diploma in Shipping and Maritime Operations syllabus has been drawn to provide underpinning knowledge and competencies for growth of an individual at ascending levels onboard ship and later ashore.

In-depth training will be imparted in specialised fields of Shipping and Maritime Operations like:

  • Applied Mathematics and Science;
  • Maritime English, Communication Skills and Human factors;
  • Terrestrial and Celestial Navigation, Chart work and Modern Navigation using ECDIS;
  • Bridge Equipment, Navigational Watch Keeping;
  • Meteorology and Oceanography;
  • Cargo Handling and Stowage;
  • Maritime Commerce and Shipping Legislations;
  • Ship Construction and Ship Stability;
  • Routine and Emergency communications and Drills;
  • Information Technology;
  • Basic Marine Engineering Knowledge and;
  • Work based learning on board ships.

Course Details:


One Year (12 months).

Entry Requirements:

General Secondary Certificate / Secondary School Diploma Certificate (Grade 12) in Science/Math Streams – with overall grade of at least 60%.

Medically and physically fit with the required eye sight standards for both visual acuity and colour vision with test results as per the IMO, ILO, MLC 2006 and the UAE Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure (MoEI). The medical examinations shall be conducted by any of the MoEI Approved Medical Practitioner.

A valid English language proficiency certificate with a minimum score of either 1100 EmSAT, 5 IELTS, 500 TOEFL (PBT), 61 TOEFL (IBT), or 173 TOEFL (CBT).


The programme is accredited by the National Qualifications Center (NQC) Ministry of Education, UAE and The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, UAE.