National Diploma in Shipping Management



The National Innovative Diploma in Shipping Management designed to produce Personnel with adequate knowledge and skills to offer middle level Management and Administration in, Ports and Shipping Operation.


The objectives of the National Innovative Diploma Programme in Shipping Management are to equip diplomate with sound theoretical and practical knowledge to carry out a number of activities in shipping and business concerns effectively. The ND diplomate should be able to:

(a) Communicate fluently, write technical reports ad essays in English Language as required in international maritime business.
(b) Communicate and carry out simple business transactions in French language.
(c) Understand relevant areas of the constitution of Nigeria as may be required.
(d) Understand the rights and obligations of the Nigerian Citizen.
(e) Operate basic computer programmes relevant to Maritime.
(f) Carry out Investment appraisal.
(g) Apply economic principles to shipping.
(h) Apply basic principles of management to maritime and business activities.
(i) Use the principles of cost accounting in shipping business.
(j) Participate in marketing of shipping services.
(k) Know how to establish a business.
(l) Understand shipboard Operations.
(m) Know shipping trade areas of the world and meteorological phenomena likely to affect shipping.
(n) Acquire skills for assessment and analysis of maritime economics.
(o) Transact shipping business using all the relevant documents.
(p) Apply the relevant legal provisions in shipping.
(q) Know how to undertake a marine insurance policy and claims procedure.
(r) Know how to carry out port operations.
(s) Know the manpower and physical development requirements of a port.
(t) Understand Freight forwarding practice.
(u) Carry out field research works in relevant areas.
(v) Promote professional ethics and efficiency in shipping practices.
(w) Know various sources of supply to enhance efficient procurement.


The Programme which will lead to the attainment to the National Diploma in Shipping Management will be taken in flexible modular curricula. The programme have a cogent and flexible structure and content that will equip the trainee with a unit of acquired skills.


The students will be required to be attached to relevant organization for a period of three months in each part for supervised and graded industrial work attachment to enable them have the relevant experience in the profession.


Assessment for the programme shall be:

a) Based on evidence of a practical attainment as presented by the student.
b) Conform with the learning outcome as stipulated in the curriculum
c) Enable the student take an assessment/examination under supervised conditions and assessed by external assessors to ensure a justifiable judgment on quality and quantity of the desired standard that is expected to have been achieved.


The ND programme curriculum prescribes 80% practical content 10% Theoretical studies and 10% General studies components.


The general entry requirements for the ND Programme are:
Five credits including English Language and Mathematics and any other three.


The curriculum of ND programme consists of four main components. These are:
i. General Studies
ii. Foundation Studies
iii. Professional Courses
iv. Students Industrial Work Experience (SIWES)

  • The General Education component includes courses in:- English Language and Communication, French, Mathematics and Entrepreneurship.
  • The General Education component shall account for not more than 10% of the total hours for the programme.
  • Foundation Courses include courses in Geography, Economics and Arts appreciation etc. The number of hours will vary with the programme and may account for 10% of the total contact hours.
  • Professional Courses are courses which give the students the theory and practical skills he or she needs to practice in the field of calling of the performer/technical level. These may account for 80% of the total contact hour.
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