Courses & Units

Shipping Business and Law JND322


The student completing this unit will be able to understand and be aware of the international
and national legal framework within which a shipmaster is expected to exercise
professional judgement in the commercial operation of a vessel. The unit covers the master’s rights, duties and obligations, at law and in practice towards the ship owners, charterers, port states, crew and other stakeholders as well as the obligations for the safety of the vessel, cargo, the environment and crew.
This unit meet the requirements for knowledge, understanding and proficiency set out by the current Maritime Training Package, the STCW 2010 (Manila Amendments) and Table AII/2 of the STCW code.


Unit name Shipping Business and Law
Unit code JND322
Credit points 6.25
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Australian Maritime College
Discipline Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Coordinator Captain Ian Moist
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Interpret the principal sources of national and international law in merchant shipping and examine how they relate to the operation and management of merchant vessels in the perspective of a ship’s master
  • Operate the vessel as required by the legal, commercial, and operational characteristics of different markets of vessel employment and management
  • Identify the terminology and economics of different types of insurance arrangements and complying with their requirements
  • Apply the legal principles associated with pilotage, salvage, and towage
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$518.00 $518.00 not applicable $1,483.50

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4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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JND288 Shipboard Operations II


Teaching Pattern

Blended delivery in the form of lectures and online learning supplemented with consolidated Face to Face learning  towards the end of semester

Students attending classes and students electing to study on flexible mode will follow the same class time table. Total lecturing hours have not changed from the existing. Both categories of students will have access to the same resources through MyLo

Lectures Duration / Frequency / Time tabling

2.5 hrs / 1/ week for 10 weeks

Total Hrs 25

AssessmentOnline Quiz (10%)|Final Examination (60%)|Assessment Task 1 (30%)
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All essential learning material will be provided through MyLo and any additional learning and reference material will be announced through MyLo as necessary

  1. The Master’s role in collecting evidence.The Nautical Institute, 1989. A-F, 104 p. . 
  2. Admiralty and Maritime Law Schoenbaum, Thomas J.. St. Paul, Minn. : West Group, 2011. 2 v. (various pagings)
  3. Business and Law for the shipmaster Hopkins, F. N.. Glasgow : Brown, Son & Ferguson, 1982. xii, 908 p. : ill.,
  4. Regs4ships – this is an updated, searchable, maritime regulation database that combines Flag State compliance documentation with IMO, ILO & EU legislation to provide an overall regulatory solution. This database is accessible through the following link in the UTAS Library
LinksBooktopia textbook finder

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