General Details
Course & Certification:

ID: 6.4.10

Description: Maritime Business & Law Course.
(level I)

Certification type: Course Completion Certificate
Presentation A5

ISO 9001:2015 compliance course & certification.

Course Length:

A total of 26 hours consisting of;

Pre-Course study = 4 hours.
Theory Class Lessons = 18 hours.
Home-study = 4 hours.

Capacity of certification:

As a ancillary course completion certification to be used in conjunction with a CoC or as a qualifying criteria for a CoC, with regard to manning purposes as a:

i. Master of a private or commercially registered for charter on yachts up to 200GT full foreign-going.

ii. Master of a commercially registrered work vessels up to 500GT in EU & EFTA waters or near-coastal in other waters in accordance with flag requirements.

iii. Watchkeeping CoC up to 1600GT on private registered yachts to commercially registered yachts for charter, subject to flag recognition or/and approval.

Recognitions & approvals:

Pending, in process.

STCW Code:

Not applicable.

Certification Revalidation:

Yes, every 5 years.

Sea-time requirements:


Certification issuing requirements:


What does the Certification look like?

iymcs a5 certif

The custom-designed iymcs presentation folder type certification is stylish and practical. The presentation folder outer is made of real leather with a sythentic interior that is resistant to water and protects the certificates. It is A5 in size, it can hold up to four Certificates, and is an ideal size to be kept in a crew document case or with the boat's documents.

The iymcs Certificates are printed to ISO9001:2015 standards, are dual-language and feature extensive security features to security level 3 (Government passports & national Iidentification documents are security levels 1 & 2) and can be used as a personal ID in daily situations. (Nb. It cannot be used instead of a passport/national identity card).

The iymcs Maritime Business & Law -level I is an operational level course & certification focused on the business affairs and maritime legal issues that is often encountered by the professional crew working on all types of vessels and yachts over 20 metres.

The course syllabus is wide ranging, subject matter is covered at varying depths of knowledge. Throughout the course, topics are added to support the syllabus, with brief factual case histories supporting these.

UNCLOS is the basis for the course, much of the syllabus content is based upon UK Law and the MCA regulatory notices however other important maritime nations and their regulatory notices are also discussed to cover the aspects of geographical positioning and changing jurisdictions. The central convention of SOLAS is used as a principal reference point and other key conventions of: STCW, GMDSS, ISM, ISPS, MARPOL and MLC are covered in-depth.

Salvage Law is covered at a basic level with a focus upon Lloyds Open Form and the SCOPIC clause. MAIB is discussed in detail supported with investigation reports. Insurance is covered at an intermediate level highlighting roles of the under-writers, the warranties, the types of losses and the principals of a Policy. Commercial Charter for yachts over 20 metres is covered in-depth from both an operational point of view as well as from the Agreement aspects and the performance of it. Customs & Excise (Douanes) is covered in-depth and covers amongst other topics the VAT aspects of the vessel. Drugs and alcohol are discussed in detail.The unpopular subject of crew taxation and social charges is covered under the Crew Agreements. Official Log Books and Standing Orders are covered in detail.

Key features to consider:

The iymcs Maritime Business & Law -level I course has been taught to professional deck crew for over ten years and has a proven track record. It is well structured and covers nearly all the aspects of working as Captains, Masters, 1st Mates, Chief Engineers, Chief Stewardesses and Pursers. The course and certification is highly regarded by the professional crew.

What is this?

Our Society, the 'International Yacht Marine Certification Society" (iymcs) operates its entire operations under a Quality Management System (QMS) that is in compliance with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) 9001:2015 amended. Part of this compliance involves full auditing procedures.
This is an important reference and enables us to gain recognitions from maritime admininstrations and marine industry bodies alike. The QMS together with the ISO, ensures that iymcs and its Members operate to the highest standards possible. All our courses, and more importantly the Certifications that we issue, are under ISO9001:2015.
This practise is most unusual for such courses and certifications. Some organisations will claim ISO:9001 adherence but often the reality is the ISO compliance is for a very small number of their courses.


How much does the course cost?

The following are the recommended iymcs course prices (ex.VAT), prices may fluctuate between Member schools & colleges.

Scandinavia 420,-EUR Northern Europe 380,-EUR United Kingdom 320,-GBP
Southern Europe 345,-EUR Middle East 360,-USD North America 300,-USD
Prices exclude: course books,certification costs,personal travelling costs,course food and course accommodation.

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Course Syllabus.

( Vers. 1.1. )   Click-on '+' to see Syllabus.

Basic legal terminology. SOLAS overview. MLC overview. GMDSS overview.

Legal context. Jurisdiction overview. UNCLOS overview. Responsibilities of a Master. STCW Convention overview.

Civil Law overview. Criminal Law overview. Maritime Law overview. Tort Law overview. Duty of Care principals. Vicarious Liability principals.

CoC’s, & CeC’s Endorsements. Flag State administrations.

Member Nations & Conventions. Principal Roles. Compliance issues. Customary law. Recreational Directives.

Passenger vessel. Yacht. Private registered yachts. Commercial registered yachts for charter purposes. Yachts <24mtrs lwl. Yachts >24mtrs lwl. Crew. Passenger Cadets & trainees.

Maritime State. International. Flag State of Vessel. Nationality of the Vessel. Shared Jurisdictions.

Changing jurisdiction of a vessel. Internal Waters. Base Line. Territorial Waters. Contiguous Zone. International Waters. Archipelago States.

Innocent Passage concept. Designated Sea Lanes. Freedom of the Seas. High Seas.

Immigration overview. Types of Visas. Passport issues. Multi-national passport holders. Crew working visas. Owners & guests. Clearing out, clearing-in procedures. Inventory Manifest. Antiquities. VAT issues. Fuel, spare parts & auxiliary equipment. Types of drugs, procedures when found on-board.

Certificates of Registry. Certificates of Compliance: SOLAS, ISM, MLC & ISPS. GMDSS Log Book. Continuous Synopsis Record. Load Line Certificate. Q Flag & quarantine procedures. FAL Certificate. Radio Certificates. Renewals. Deleted Certificates. Transfer of registry.

Overview. Annex I Oil. Annex IV. Sewage. Annex V. Garbage. SOPEP. Oil record book Garbage plan. Special Areas.

1995 & 2010 Amendments. Overview & principles. Structure & key sections. Recognitions & approvals. Manning Scales.

Flag State surveying requirements. Surveying principals. Types of surveyors. In-Class & Out-of-Class. Small Vessel Commercial Codes. Key Class Societies.

Sections. Crew quarters. Crew Agreements.

Overview & purpose. Sections. Inserting notes & comments. Filing as a public record.

Duties. Handover briefings. Document checks. Vessel & equipment checks. Signing over. CSR. Crew information.

Purpose. Types of standing orders. Writing & reviewing. Crew acceptance. ISM issues. Legal aspects.

List of publications. Updates Notice to Mariners. Updating techniques. Digital & printed. Charts. Sailing Directions. GMDSS.

Accidents & Incidents. SOLAS & ISM references. MAIB. Reporting procedures.

Reporting Requirements. Types of dangers. Reporting procedures.

Principals & definitions. Legal requirements. SOLAS requirements. Master’s responsibilities.

Definition of safe manning. Manning scales. Flag state surveyor. Manning issues. Watch-keeping requirements.

Agreements versus contracts. Basic elements. Crew Agreements. Equal Opportunities. Official Log Book. MN Code of Conduct. Types of breeches. Resolving disputes. Dismissal procedures. Unfair dismissal. MLC 2006. Repatriation. Taxes & social charges..

Code of Safe Working Practices. Sections & application. Personal Protective Wear. Reporting criteria.

Hours of rests. Exceptional circumstances. Working schedule & records.

Overview. & purpose. Sections & application. Exceptions.

Commercial requirements. Yacht registered for commercial charter. Types of charters. Charter agreements & contracts. Financial arrangements. Obligations & performance of charter agreement or contract. Disputes.

Definition of Salvage. Salver & Salvor. Performance of Salver Responsibilities of Salvor. Simple towage. Environmental awareness issues. Salvage compensation. Property title. Sea-bed antiquities. Salvage disputes.

Principal & practical aspects. Fixed reward scheme. Special compensation clause.

Principal & practical aspects. SCOPIC clause.

Basic principles. Insurance under-writers. Insurance policies. Types of insurance warranties. Types of losses. Insurance claims. Insurance surveyors. Loss adjusters.