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Further Information - German Shipping Law Training


Who is this course for?

This course is for officers, other than masters, who require an insight into German shipping law and shipping regulations.

Is previous experience required?

An existing certificate of competence issued by a whitelisted state is recommended to complete the course and required to receive a certificate of equivalent competency issued by the German authorities.

How will this course benefit me?

This course provides officers with an introduction to the German maritime laws and regulations with a focus on how international maritime law is implemented and where German national law differs.

How will this course benefit my company?

This course benefits shipping companies by providing their officers with required knowledge and guidance for German shipping law as a basis for an application for a German certificate of equivalent competency.

What standards are referred to in this course?

International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)

International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarer (STCW)

International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)

Maritime Labour Convention (MLC)

Basic Law ("Grundgesetz")

Penal Code ("Strafgesetzbuch")

Law governing the use and traffic of drugs ("Betäubungsmittelgesetz")

Civil Code ("Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch")

Commercial Code ("Handelsgesetzbuch")

Maritime Labour Act (“Seearbeitsgesetz”)

Guidelines for the medical examination of seafarers

Resolution A.1024(27) Principles of minimum Safe Mannin

Works Constitution Act (“Betriebsverfassungsgesetz”)

German Medical Guide for Ships („Anleitung zur Krankenfürsorge auf Kauffahrteischiffen“)

Occupational Safety and Health Act (“Arbeitsschutzgesetz”)

Accident Prevention Regulations (“UVV”)

Maritime Responsibility Act ("Seeaufgabengesetz")

Wreck Removal Convention

Ship Safety Act ("Schiffssicherheitsgesetz ")

Ship Safety Ordinance (“Schiffssicherheitsverordnung”)

International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) Code

EC regulation No 725/2004 on enhancing ship and port facility security

Ordinance on Shipboard Security Measures (“See-Eigensicherungsverordnung”)

International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG)

Dangerous Goods Regulation-Sea (“Gefahrgutverordnung See“)

Dangerous Goods Officers Regulation (“Gefahrgutbeauftragtenverordnung“)

Internal Waters (Entering Requirements) Ordinance (“Anlaufbedingungsverordnung“)

Marine Accident Investigation Law ("Seesicherheits-Untersuchungsgesetz")

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)

Is there an assessment?


Learning Objectives

• Explain the legal basis for licence endorsement

• List the most important geographical and political facts about the Federal Republic of Germany

• Explain the scope of the master authority and the most important penal provisions

• Demonstrate knowledge of the rights and obligations of crew members on board German-flagged ships based on the German Maritime Labour Act

• Describe the different official responsibilities of the Federation and the States, with a focus on the management of waterways and shipping

• Describe the extended requirements for safety equipment to be carried on board including the rules for inspection and recording

• Explain the legal requirements of proper certification, handling of dangerous goods on board and of necessary training requirements

• List the obligations to register a ship in Germany and explain the maintained dual register system

• Describe the framework on how marine accident investigation is organised by the respective German institutes, as well as necessary reporting schemes upon a maritime accident


Exam in the e-learning course

System Requirements

• Internet access - users will need a device with a web browser and internet connection

• System - runs on computers, tablets and mobile devices using Windows 7 and above and MAC OS devices running IOS 11 and above

• Browsers - Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Safari

• Minimum browser size - none

• Audio - requires device speaker or headphones


Mintra is authorised by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) and by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), to provide approved training and qualifying examinations for German Maritime Law as per § 21/2 of the Ships Officers’ Training Regulations.

The BSH is a higher federal authority within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV). It is the public institution for maritime tasks. This concerns tasks such as averting dangers at sea, issuing official nautical charts and surveying tasks in the North Sea and Baltic Sea, as well as forecasting tides, water levels and storm surges. In addition, the BSH is responsible for the surveying of ships, flag law, the testing and approval of navigation and radio equipment and the issue of certificates for seafarers.

The Nautical Institute is an international representative body for maritime professionals, a leading publisher of specialist maritime books and journals and the provider of accreditation services such as its dynamic positioning certification scheme. The purpose of The Nautical Institute recognition scheme is to endorse the processes and procedures used in the design, delivery, review and improvement of a maritime training product or service.