Key Elements of Shipping

Singapore 10 - 12 October 2017: A 3-day intensive learning course, providing a comprehensive overview of the dynamics and challenges of the maritime industry.

About the course 

The course is taught by senior academics together with leading marine industry professionals. The concept is to provide a balance of both theory and market practice which is then reinforced through topical case studies. The focus is on ensuring active participation and understanding by engaging participants in a free interchange of ideas, questions and practical experience throughout the programme. 

Target group 

The course is designed primarily for maritime professionals who have recently started to work in the industry, or who may have been in the industry for several years and now aspire to move up to a more challenging management role. 


On completion of 'Key Elements of Shipping', participants will have gained a better understanding of the fast moving dynamics of the business of shipping, inclusive of stakeholder functions & interrelationships. The 'Elements' will include shipping company structure, ship types & fleets, ship registration, regulation of shipping, ship broking, ship finance, chartering, ship management, salvage & wreck removal, marine insurance and green shipping.

The learning provided to participants will be assessed by way of group case studies. A BI "Certificate of Achievement" will be awarded on successful completion. The design goal is that the KES course will enhance the knowledge and confidence of the participants and enable them to advance their careers in one of the world's most international and challenging industries.


Please read the brochure for more information. The brochure is in pdf format, so you can also download it. The program is from last session. A new version will be posted shortly. 

Practical information

  • Time:Tuesday, October 10, 2017 8:30 AM - Thursday, October 12, 2017 8:30 AM
  • Place:Singapore
  • Price:SGD 3,725.00

Please read or download the brochure for more information. The program is from last session. A new version will be posted shortly. 

Date and time
10 - 12 October 2017
From 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Centrally in Singapore.

Parking coupons will be made available on request. 

Internet Connection
Internet connectivity will be provided to participants on request.

Course fee per participant
SGD 3,725.00 (No GST chargeable) 
This fee covers lectures, documentation, handouts, lunches and refreshments. 
Accommodation and travelling costs are not covered.

Singapore Citizens and PR’s: MCF Training Grant is available for eligible participants. Please refer to for information.

Singapore Citizens, PR’s and Foreign Work Pass Employees: the PIC 40% cash rebate is also available. Details are available at

Please note that each participant will receive an invoice from our education partner in Singapore, Seasia Professional Development Pte Ltd. The invoice will include an application form for the MCF Training Grant. Invoice payment must be made prior to your attendance.

Members of the BI Alumni network receive 20% off Executive Short Programs.

The completion and submission of a course registration form creates a binding contract with BI to pay the full fee. Cancellations may be made up to 14 days before the start of the course, subject to payment of an administration  fee of SGD 250.00. Substitutions may be made at no extra charge but must be notified in writing to

For further information about the course programme, fees, the grants available from the MPA and the rebates available from the PIC, please feel free to contact Course Coordinater, Ms. Ashley Loke at telephone +65 6632 3595 or e-mail:


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Ashley Loke:




  Robert Gordon Capt. Robert Gordon, Master Mariner, LLB, LLM, Solicitor and MD of SeaProf Executive Education
Capt. Gordon spent 20 years at sea as a deck officer, shipmaster and pilot before coming ashore to study maritime law at the University of Southampton. He then qualified as a Solicitor and practiced as a partner with admiralty lawyers, Thomas Cooper, in London. Capt. Gordon moved to Singapore in 1995 and founded SEAsia P&I Services, specialising in marine casualty investigation and P&I correspondent defence work. Capt. Gordon provides lectures on ship management, marine insurance and maritime law on the jointly created BI/NTU MSc in Maritime Studies in Singapore as well as at seminars and conferences throughout Asia. After 20 years of heading up SEAsia, his focus is now on creating excellence in maritime executive education through his company, SeaProf, in collaboration with both the BI Norwegian Business School and NTU. 
  Capt. Pradeep Desawar, Master Mariner, MSc, MD & Marine Consultant, Gini Maritime Pte Ltd., former GM of PIL and Asiatic Lloyd Ship Management, Singapore
Capt. Desawar has been engaged in the shipping industry for many years. His 20 years of seagoing experience, from deck cadet up to Master, included service on board General Cargo Ships, Bulk Carriers and Container Ships. Capt. Pradeep then moved ashore, gaining extensive experience in Marine & Cargo Surveys, Container Cargo Operations and Ship Management as GM of PIL. During this time, he obtained his MSc degree in Maritime Studies from NTU. He then moved on to become GM of Asiatic Lloyd Ship Management, where he was responsible for the in-house Technical Management of a fleet of new, wide beam, 9000 TEU container vessels. This included responsibility for Crew Management, Ship Safety and Ship Security as well as monitoring the performance of 3rd party ship managers. Pradeep is now a Maritime Consultant, with a special interest in maritime executive education. 
  Seeba Ann Mathew, DNV GL, Consultant, Maritime Advisory
Seeba holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Singapore and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from India. Seeba is a Consultant with DNV GL's Maritime Advisory, Singapore. Her work is currently focused on developing cleaner and sustainable business solutions for the maritime industry. This includes market analysis (both upstream & downstream), use of LNG as fuel, supply chain consultancy, and regulatory environment analysis and advice. Prior to this, Seeba spent her first two years with DNV GL as a Maritime New Building Surveyor with a primary exposure in offshore supply vessel construction and multi-support vessels. 
  Wilson Choo Wilson Foo, Shipbroker, S&P Division, Fearnleys, Singapore
Wilson joined Fearnleys in 2014 as a trainee shipbroker. After gaining intensive 'hands on' training in a market facing a challenging global economy, he now specialises in the Dry Bulker and Tanker S&P markets with a focus on assisting clients in South East Asia. Wilson obtained a BA in Communications from Curtin University, Perth, and then completed a postgrad Master of Applied Finance degree at Macquarie University, Sydney. Prior to entering the shipping industry, Wilson worked in the commodities trading and private wealth management sectors. 
  Harry Jamieson Harry Jamieson, Shipbroker, S&P Division, Fearnleys. Singapore
Harry joined Fearnleys at the beginning of 2016 as a trainee shipbroker. Current shipping overcapacity has generated a high level of S&P deals, including demolition. This has provided Harry with a lot of broking experience in a very short time. He currently specialises on the Dry Bulk and Tanker S&P markets, with a focus on South East Asia. Harry holds a BA in Economics and Business from the University of West of England. His introduction to the world of shipping took place when he participated in Clarkson's internship program in London during his university studies. 
  Christian Nolting Christian Nolting, Director of Ship Finance Asia Pacific, Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale, Singapore Branch
Christian Nolting is a banking professional with international experience in corporate and structured finance. Christian started his banking career in corporate banking with Deutsche Bank in Germany in 2001. In 2008, Christian relocated to Asia, where he has been working in different ship finance related roles in Hong Kong and Singapore for HSH Nordbank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, SMBC and most recently as a relationship manager for NORD/LB. His current focus is on assisting clients in the Middle East, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and other Asian countries.. During his career, Christian has been engaged in a wide range of ship finance work including the structuring and leading of large ship finance transactions, acquisition finance, advisory, operating and finance lease solutions as well as a variety of finance restructures. Christian holds a business degree from University of Münster in Germany and completed recently his Executive MBA at the Nanyang Business School. 
  Djeni Rolana – Managing Partner, Long Hills LLC
Djeni is a Singaporean. She has been in the shipping industry for more than 20 years, of which about 12 years in various senior management position for leading international shipping enterprises, including as a Chief Operating Officer of the then Eships Abu Dhabi, UAE. She has worked in Indonesia, Singapore, Boston, London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi. She is now focusing on asset management advisory and shipping consultancy. She is also a board member for an Indonesian Shipping Company. She has a Master Degree (Distinction) in International Shipping from the University of Plymouth (UK). Her specialized areas of expertise are maritime economics, chartering and commercial ship management, managing and restructuring shipping business and risk management. She has lectured in chartering and strategic commercial ship management in Singapore, Indonesia, Egypt and Vietnam on behalf of Norwegian Business School. 
  Reinder Peek, General Manager, SMIT's Salvage, Singapore
Reinder Peek is the General Manager of SMIT's Salvage Division, Asian region, based in Singapore. Prior to his move to Singapore in 2006, he spent five years as the Contract Manager in the Commercial department at SMIT's head office in the Netherlands. Reinder worked on both emergency response and wreck removal projects worldwide, with responsibility for marketing, contracting and project management activities. He first joined SMIT in December 2002 as senior legal counsel for the SMIT International Group, providing in-house legal and contractual support to SMIT's Harbour Towage, Terminals, Transport & Heavy Lift and Salvage divisions. Prior to joining SMIT, Reinder graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Utrecht in 1997. He then spent five years as lawyer in Rotterdam, specializing in corporate law, maritime contracts and admiralty law at well known law firms Loef Claeys Verbeke and Loyens Loeff. 
  Dave Wisse, Contract Manager, SMIT's Salvage, Singapore
Dave Wisse took on the role of Contract Manager, Salvage, at SMIT Singapore Pte Ltd. in 2014. Before his move to Singapore, Dave was part of the Commercial team at the SMIT Salvage Headquarters in The Netherlands. Prior to working at SMIT, he gained valuable experience in the world of maritime casualties and contracting during five years as a Charterer's Liability Underwriter and Claims Handler with a P&I insurer in Rotterdam. Dave holds an LLM (Master's) degree in Business Law from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. 
  Dr Jasmine Lam, Assoc Prof & Director of Maritime Studies,Nanyang Technological University
Dr Jasmine Lam, PhD, MSc, CILT, Director of the MSc Maritime Studies programme at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr. Lam is also a member of the BNP Paribas Chair international scientific committee. Dr Lam has extensive experience in maritime executive education that includes invitations from the OECD, NOL, port authorities and banks to speak at international conferences and seminars. Leading a R&D team and working closely with the maritime industry, government agencies and high-ranking universities, Dr Lam has completed numerous research and industrial projects. Her work has been widely published in international journals, books, and conference proceedings. Dr Lam is the recipient of many awards, including the National Day Honours 2015 Commendation Medal awarded by the President of Singapore, the Best Paper Award and Eagle Prize (i.e. Outstanding Scholar) awarded by the International Association of Maritime Economists, and the Erasmus Mundus Scholars Award awarded by the European Commission. 
  Capt. Michael P Elwert, Group CEO, Elektrans Group, former Group Director, Thome Group of Companies
Capt. Michael Elwert now heads up Elektrans Group, a major ship owning, ship management, crewing and transport corporation with offices in India, Singapore and Dubai. Michael's career in shipping began at the Copenhagen Nautical College. He obtained a Master's degree in Nautical Science and later, in 2001, achieved command with Maersk. Michael then focused on a career ashore with the AP Moller Maersk Group. His positions included Group HR Director and Regional HSSEQ & DPA, Business Development Manager and Operations Manager in Maersk Bulk as well as Crew Management as part of Maersk Technical. During this busy period, Michael obtained an EMBA degree from the Copenhagen Business School. His focus is now on leading Elektrans towards their goal of becoming an integrated marine service provider with global capabilities. 
  Lewis Hart, Executive Director, Willis Singapore
Lewis Hart started his career with brokers Lloyd Thompson Ltd in 1988. As an Associate Director of the Marine Hull Division, he worked as a retail broker in the Lloyds and London Company Markets. Lewis joined Willis Faber & Dumas in 1997 as Divisional Director with responsibility for developing marine accounts in Europe. His specialization was in Hull and associated risks, Marine / Offshore Construction and Ports and Terminals. Lewis was posted to Willis' Singapore office in 2005 and became Asian Practice Leader in 2007. Lewis is responsible for managing the Willis marine team and their South East Asia book of business. Lewis is a regular guest lecturer on the BI/NTU MSc in Shipping course in Singapore. He has also provided insurance presentations at numerous executive training programmes and seminars in Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines. 

Gunnar Haug, Managing Director, Ulstein Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore
Gunnar Haug started his maritime career as a naval officer and later served as a deck officer on board ocean-going and offshore vessels, including semi-submersible service platforms. He then moved ashore as an offshore industry senior executive and gained experience with offshore market leaders including Consilium, Goltens, Kongsberg, and now Ulstein, in both Dubai and Singapore. Ulstein are renowned offshore vessel designers, builders and the creators of the distinctive ‘X-BOW’. A family run company with a 100-year history, Ulstein Group is based in Norway with 700 employees in seven countries and offices in Singapore. In addition to his MD role in Singapore, Gunnar also heads Ulstein’s marketing and sales activities in the Middle East and South East Asia. He is now an integral part of Ulstein’s strategic move towards alternative markets, including X-BOW equipped adventure cruise ships and expedition mega-yachts. 


See what previous participants think about this course.

"Rewarding experience that awards participants with an abundance of knowledge." Li Minting, Wilhelmsen Ships Services (S) Pte Ltd 

"Without doubt, this is one of the most practical and interactive introductions to the multi-faceted maritime industry." Bernice Chia, Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd 

"A very comprehensive course! I will be highly recommending it to my fellow shipping colleagues." Lim Sherlene, Wilhelmsen Ships Services (S) Pte Ltd

  • "A great learning experience that gave me a better understanding of the shipping industry. I am so happy I attended!"


    Malin Innhaug 
    Nordic Maritime Pte Ltd

  • "I have learnt so much about so many different aspects of shipping - most importantly - thinking outside of the box! This course has definitely provided me with a fantastic level of professional development!"


    Jeanette Quek
    Trust Energy Resources Pte Ltd

  • "Very good! KES put the whole shipping industry into perspective."


    Romain Pruvost
    Norgas Carriers Pte Ltd

  • "Excellent and very relevant training for maritime professionals which I highly recommend. I have gained deeper understanding on a variety of shipping aspects which is very useful to better understand the maritime industry as a whole."


    Astrini Prajogo
    Masterbulk Pte Ltd