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About this course

Developed in direct response to industry needs, the purpose of this course is to provide an in-depth knowledge of the law, commercial practice and physical acts involved in ship salvage or wreck removal.

The course is aimed at seagoing and shoreside professionals from a wide range of marine disciplines, including but not limited to ships’ officers; marine insurers including those focused on hull and machinery (H&M), protection and indemnity (P&I), and cargo; port staff; coast guard personnel; ship owners and their representatives; and anyone wishing to join the salvage industry.

The programme is run over five days and consists of an engaging mix of interactive lectures, instruction from industry experts and a bespoke emergency simulation. The course is delivered in English and class size is limited to ensure a more personal experience.

What you'll learn

  • The salvage process and parties involved
  • Law of marine salvage
  • Lloyd’s Open Form (LOF)
  • SCOPIC & environmental salvage
  • The role of the Salvage Casualty Representative (SCR)
  • Wet and dry salvage
  • Choosing the correct salvage agreement
  • Coastal State involvement/powers of intervention
  • Places of refuge
  • Wreck removal
  • The salvage challenges of the future

About the course team and course contributors

Course leader, Nicola Pryce-Roberts is an experienced marine salvage academic whose work in this area has been featured on TV, radio and in printed media nationally and internationally. Delivery is supported by Capt. Jan de Bokx, salvage master and special casualty representative (SCR) with over 40 years' experience in the salvage and maritime industries and personal involvement in many salvage challenges.

A range of industry experts also contribute to delivery including Kevin Clarke, Manager, Salvage Arbitration Branch & Certificate Office at Lloyd’s, who, speaking about the new course, said:

“As working practices change and more people enjoy remote working, courses such as Ship Salvage Law and Practice are becoming increasingly important conduits to educate and knowledge-share with the next generation of the maritime industry, so that it has the vision to know, to anticipate, and prepares for events.”

Roger Evans, Master Mariner FNI and former International Salvage Union (ISU) Secretary General will lead the first module in the course addressing the ISU. Commenting, he said:

“The Warsash Maritime School Ship Salvage Law and Practice course provides a unique insight for delegates of all maritime levels to experience what really happens during a maritime emergency situation. It is designed to identify, assess and give guidance on those vital 'first response' actions needed to safeguard crew, ship, cargo, the environment and the reputation of a company. However, the main aim is to demonstrate how to mitigate a casualty turning into a catastrophe.”

Course information

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Normal office hours are (UK time):

08.30 - 17.00 Monday to Thursday
08.30 - 16.30 Friday