Master's Degree in Maritime Law and Business (MNDM)

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Start: November 24, 2017


1 year (Full-time study)

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This 34th edition of the Master's Degree in Shipping Business and Maritime Law is taught as a joint program between the Spanish Maritime Institute (IME) and the ICADE Business School at Comillas Pontifical University.

The course responds to the growing global need for specialists in the field of marine law and business, and it is aimed at all businesses involved in these activities.

The importance of transport in international trade goes without saying and the second most common way of moving goods, after land transportation, is by sea.

The European Union has recommended that sea transportation be favored through Short Sea Shipping (SSS) over other types of transportation, such as by road, due to the congestion of European highways and the high level of pollution this creates.

Moreover, legal services in the maritime sector are vital from the moment an agreement is made to build a new ship. Detailed knowledge of agreements regarding shipbuilding, financing and vessel use is essential. A firm understanding of the legislation applicable to seizure, collision, maritime salvage, etc. is also very important.


Degree title:

Private Master's Degree in Shipping Business and Maritime Law at Comillas Pontifical University

Who is the program intended for?

This course is designed for graduates and professionals looking to obtain an advanced specialism in the maritime sector, covering both legal and operational aspects, which will enabled them to excel professionally in this field.
By the end of the course, students will be equipped to successfully manage any company associated with sea transportation (shipowners, agents, brokers, freight forwarders, insurance companies, export companies, ship yards, etc.).

Application period:

The deadline for submitting applications begins on November 24, 2017.

Information about the documentation to submit.


Monday to Thursday from 18:00 to 22:00 hours


500 hours. One academic year from October 16, 2017 to June 2018.

Classes begin:

October 16, 2017


13,650 euros. (Academic year 2016-2017)

Alumni are entitled to a 10% discount applicable to the final installment.


ICADE Business School
C/ Rey Francisco, 4, Madrid


ICADE Business School
C/ Rey Francisco, 4
28008 Madrid
Tel. +34 91 559 20 00
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The key aim of this program is to provide students with comprehensive training in the field of sea transportation, equipping them to tackle the problems and challenges that arise in the world of maritime business.


Case Method
The case method is used throughout the course as a learning tool through which real situations will be analyzed and debated between speakers and participants.

End of Course Project
After completing the teaching part of the course, students must hand in an end of course project within a period of 6 months.

After successful completion of the project, students will be awarded the Master's Degree in Shipping Business and Maritime Law from the Comillas Pontifical University.

Internships with maritime companies
During the course,students will undertake internships with companies in the maritime sector as a first point of contact with the maritime labor market and an excellent start to their professional future. The IME has a number of collaboration agreements in place with companies in all fields of the maritime sector.

Visits to places of interest
During the course, students will have the opportunity to visit companies and institutions related to maritime activity, in addition to two international internships in London and Civitavecchia.

Student support
At the start of the course, each student will receive a portable device to use throughout the course in order to maximize productivity.

In addition, all the documents required to follow the course and to work on the proposed case studies will be available online throughout the course (conferences, policies, legislation, glossary, etc.).

Assessment methods

Assessment will be based on participation, ability to resolve case studies, grades obtained during the course and attendance.

The Master's Degree will be awarded to all students with a minimum attendance of 85% who pass the tests taken during the course and the End of Course Project.


  • Concepts and sources of maritime law
  • Sea Law applied to navigation
  • Administrative organization for navigation
  • Port law: administration, services and tariffs
  • Administrative infractions and sanctions
  • Sanctions in marine pollution
  • Notions of fishing law
  • Basic shipping English law
  • IMO Conventions and EU Directives
  • Vessel safety: SOLAS, SFV and IMO Code
  • Pollution prevention: MARPOL, OPRC, BWM and AFS
  • European legislation on maritime safety and pollution
  • Navigation Safety in Maritime Traffic Regulation
  • International code of Safety (ISM)
  • Inspection and certification of vessels. Maritime incidents investigation
  • Port State Control
  • Maritime Security: ports and ships
  • Piracy protection: private security on board
  • Owner, operator, disponent owner
  • Ship managers
  • Master, officers and crew, public regulations
  • STCW requirements: training, nationality, crew and functions
  • Seafaring agreements
  • Organization assisting ships ashore: agents, broker, etc
  • Liability of classification societies
  • Concept, nature and ways of acquisition
  • Registration and flagging of vessel
  • Ship public registration
  • Shipbuilding contract
  • Sale & purchase contract
  • Priviledge maritime credits
  • Maritime mortgages
  • Introduction, classification and sources
  • Bare boat contract
  • Leasing contract
  • Time charter contract
  • Voyage contract
  • Passenger transport contract
  • Towage contract
  • Multi-modal transport contract
  • Rotterdam rules
  • Pilotage contract
  • Loading and unloading contract
  • Introduction, classification and sources
  • Rules for the prevention of collision
  • Uniform system of buoys and beacons
  • SAR,OPCR ans VTS organization in Spain
  • Marine salvage
  • General average
  • Collision at sea
  • Liability global limitation
  • Civil liability for oil pollution damages at sea: CLC, Fund, Bunkers, HNS Conventions
  • Shipwreck: property, extractions and removals
  • Civil liability for damages due to hazardous and noxious substances at sea
  • Introduction to maritime insurance
  • Marines insurance contract; concepts, elements and basic principles
  • Rights and obligations in the insurance contract
  • Hull & machinery insurance
  • Risks covered in goods transport by sea insurance
  • Special coverages
  • P&I Clubs
  • Stowaway
  • International legal competency
  • Arrest of ships
  • Voluntary jurisdiction
  • Arbitration, conciliation, mediation, adr and other procedures



  • Ship knowledge
  • Types of ships
  • Off-shore: oil, gas renewable energies
  • Ship documents
  • Shibuilding process
  • Clasification societes
  • Navigation
  • Load and discharge operations
  • Bunkers
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Vetting
  • Vessel inspections
  • Liner trade vs tramp navigation
  • Liner companies, conferences, pools and alliances
  • Crude and oil products seaborne trade
  • Chemical seaborne trade
  • Container seaborne trade
  • Passenger, ships and cruises
  • LNG and LPG seaborne trade
  • Dry cargo seaborne trade
  • Others: ro-ro, car carrier, reefer
  • Companies involved in shipping business
  • Shipowner
  • Auxiliary companies: agents and forwarders
  • Shipbroker
  • Shipping markets
  • Introduction to ship costs
  • Capital costs
  • Operating costs
  • Voyage costs
  • Cargo handling costs
  • The components of liner service costs
  • Introduction to chartering
  • Maritime freight analysis
  • Market information and index
  • Bare boat chartering
  • Time charter
  • Chartering negotiation
  • Voyage charter
  • Voyage analysis
  • Laytime and demurrage
  • Voyage documents
  • Alternative ways of chartering
  • Economical speed
  • Future freight market
  • Shipping pools and joint ventures
  • Introduction to international trade
  • Forms of payment and charge
  • Commodities trading
  • Documents in international trade
  • Transport of dangerous goods
  • The function of Customs in the international trade
  • Costs in the international trade
  • Multimodal transport: road
  • Multimodal transport: railway
  • Introduction to marine policy
  • International maritime policy
  • EU maritime policy
  • Foc´s: flags of convenience
  • International and Spanish ports system
  • Coastal trade and short sea shipping
  • Introduction to maritime insurance
  • Hull and machinery insurance
  • Cargo insurance
  • Claims management
  • P&I Clubs
  • Reinsurance in marine transport
  • Marine liabilities insurance



  • The role of accounting in shipping business
  • The balance sheet and the profit and loss account. Introduction to maritime economy
  • Accounting Spanish pricipals and rules: PGC
  • International accounting
  • Introduction to financial mathematics
  • Ship financing
  • Tax Lease-Tonnage Tax
  • Analysis of balance sheets, ratios
  • Financial position of shipping companies
  • Investment analysis
  • Evaluation of companies
  • Valuation of ships estimates
  • Strategy: business plan
  • Reporting: audit opinion
  • Insolvency acts
  • Business ethics
  • Direction of teams and individuals
  • Staff selection
  • Effective presentation
  • Decision making
  • Introduction to I+D+I
  • Quality control, ism code
  • Leadership
  • Operative excellency and high seed supply chains
  • Risk management
  • Introduction to marketing. Concepts, functions and tools
  • Paradigms and new tendencies in marketing
  • Customer service and loyalty
  • Industrial marketing
  • Consumer marketing
  • Services marketing
  • Mixed marketing
  • Commercial strategy: sales force
  • Marketing plan
  • Business ethics

Mercedes Pardo Gil-Alberdi

  • Remigio Abad Sánchez
    B2B Marketing Director, Endesa
  • Manuel Alba Fernández
    Professor, Universidad Carlos III
  • Pablo Albert Albert
    Director, Legal BDO Auditores
  • Eduardo Albors Méndez
    Founding Partner, Albors Galiano Portales
  • Duncan Allum
    Claims, Transport and Special Risk Director, Willis
  • José Mª Alcántara González
    Maritime Lawyer
  • Soledad Álvarez Arroyo
    Chartering Expert
  • Alfonso Aramburu Delgado
    Deputy Director Commercial, Naviera Elcano, S.A.
  • Javier Arias-Camisón Buendía
    Lawyer, Malcom Law
  • Carlos Artero Salvador
    Consultant. Professor, ICEX
  • Antonio Jesús Ávila
    Vetting Department, CEPSA
  • Juan Carlos Bañón Morón
    Country Manager, Samskip Multimodal España
  • Jesús Barbadillo Eyzaguirre
    Counsel and Head of Transport Industry and Maritime, Garrigues Abogados y Asesores Tributarios
  • Fernando Barrio Fuente
    Director, Marine RSA
  • Carlos Bretos Valdepeñas
    Head of the Sanction Procedures Unit, Ministry of Development
  • Alfredo Cabellos Ballenilla
    Partner, Watson Farley & Williams Spain, S.L.
  • Manuel Carlier de Lavalle
  • Vicente Capell Navarro
    CEO, Knutsen España
  • Carmen Caro
    Consultant International Operations, Catenon Group
  • José Manuel Castillo Moreno
    Head of Global Marine, Mapfre Global Risk
  • Carlos Castro López
    Forest Partners
  • Carmen Codes
    Lawyer, Goñi & Co. Abogados
  • Alfredo de la Torre Prados
    PhD on Naval Architecture
  • Javier de Mauricio García
    Project Manager, Siemens VDO Automotive España
  • Silvia Domínguez Pinto
    Manager, BDo Auditores
  • Marcos Duato
    Marketing Director & Business Development, Flota Suardiaz
  • Iñaki Echevarría
    Managing Director, Höegh Autoliners
  • Ramón Ferreiro Rodríguez
    Director of Department of Transportation, Aon Gil y Carvajal
  • Javier Fuertes Pérez
    Director of Business Management, Universidad Pontificia Comillas
  • José Luis Gabaldón García
    PhD in Law. Captain of the Merchant Navy
  • Javier Garat Pérez
    General Secretary, Spanish Fisheries Confederation
  • Juan Ramón García Notario
    Partner, Lama & García Notario
  • Luis Miguel Guérez Roig
    Deputy General Director for Maritime Law and International Co-operation, Ministry of Development
  • Luis Guerrero
    Director of Naval Division, Bureau Veritas
  • Pablo Guevara Martínez
    Captain of the Merchant Navy
  • Javier Hernández Valenciano
    Lawyer, Thomas Cooper
  • Ignacio Larequi
    Business Development Manager, Transcoma
  • Carlos Llorente
  • Carlos López- Quiroga Tejeiro
    Partner, Uría y Menéndez
  • Julio López Quiroga
    Partner, Avante Legal
  • Carlos López Rueda
    Associate Professor, Universidad Carlos III
  • Joaquín Maceiras Saborido
    Operations Manager, SASEMAR
  • Ramón Madrigal Araujo
    Captain of the Merchant Navy, Grupo Balearia
  • Sebastián Mata y Galán
    Manager, Iberseguros
  • Víctor Mata Garrido
    Lawyer, Thomas Cooper
  • José Mazarrasa Loring
    Director, Mediterranean Shipping Company Madrid
  • Andrés Molina Martín
    PhD on Naval Architecture
  • Francisco Joaquín Montero Llacer
    PhD on Marine Science. Captain of the Merchant Navy.
  • José Luis Montes Giménez
    Managing Partner, Quazur
  • Javier Moret Sánchez
    Head of LNG Origination, RWE Supply and Trading
  • Manuel Moreu Munaiz
    Chairman, Seaplace
  • Manuel Nofuentes Caballero
    Director of Gas Business VM Energy, Grupo Villar Mir
  • Javier Otegui Apraiz
    Captain of the Merchant Navy
  • Manuel Palao Lechuga
    Head of Operational Inspection, Ministry of Development
  • Alfredo Pardo de Santayana
    Chairman, Instituto Marítimo Español
  • Gerardo Polo Sánchez
    Emeritus Lecturer at the Technical Naval Engineering School (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)
  • Javier Portales Rodríguez
    Partner, Albors Galiano Portales
  • Valentín Revuelta Allende
    Tramp Manager, Pérez y Cía.
  • Cristina del Río Díaz de Espada
    Head of Claims, RSA
  • Manuel del Río
    Director, FEM Shipbrokers
  • Pedro Román Nuñez
    Naval Architect
  • Marta Romero Escudero
  • Fernando Ruiz-Gálvez Portanet
    Partner, Ruiz Gálvez Abogados
  • Felix Ruiz-Gálvez Villaverde
    Partner, Ruiz Gálvez Abogados
  • Fernando Ruiz-Gálvez Villaverde
    Partner, Ruiz Gálvez Abogados
  • Diego Ruiz-Morales Eraso
    Chartering Department, Empresa Naviera Elcano
  • Bernardo Ruiz Lima
    Partner, Thomas Cooper
  • Antonio Sánchez-Jáuregui Martínez
    Naval Architect
  • Daniel Santos
    Project Manager, Altum Ingeniería y Servicios
  • José Manuel Sanz Failde
    Manager, Romualdo Alvargonzález
  • Carmen Sarandeses Fernández- Santa Eulalia
    Deputy General Director, Ribé Salat Broker
  • Elena Seco García-Valdecasas
    Deputy Director, ANAVE
  • Francisco Soriano Sanz
    Captain of the Merchant Navy
  • Yago Suárez-Llanos
    Chartering Manager, Naviera Sicar
  • Juan Carlos Taboada Pérez
    Vetting Department, CEPSA
  • Julio Trenas Fernández
    Naval Architect
  • Alfonso Turégano Fuentes
    Head Crude Oil, Repsol Trading
  • Ángel Vallejo Chamorro
    Partner and Director of Shipping Department, Maio Abogados
  • Carlos Vázquez García-Machichena
    Business Development Manager, Michael Else
  • Roberto Veguillas Pérez
    Global Development Manager for US Business, Iberdrola Renewable Business
  • Esther Zarza Álvarez
    Lawyer, Asesores Marítimos Reunidos

Other ICADE Business School master's degrees: Official Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA), Official Executive Master's Degree in Business Management (Executive MBA), Official Master's Degree in International Management (MIM), Official Master's Degree in Human Resources (MURH), Official Master's Degree in Marketing (MMKT), Official Master's Degree in Finance (MUF), Official Master's Degree in Financial Risk Management (MUGRF), Official Master's Degree in Financial Statement Auditing and Advanced Accounting (MUACCS), Master in International Industrial Project Management (MDIPI), Master in Business Administration-Executive (La Rioja)


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