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25th Edition
60 ECTS (515 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
€9,000 €8,100(10% discount if you enrol before 30th June)
Payment of enrolment fee options

The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
- In two instalments:

  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up to 90 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme.
- In four instalments, splitting the payment by direct debit:
  • 40% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • The remaining 60% will be divided into 3 direct debit payments, which will be distributed equidistantly between the beginning and end of classes.
  • The student must have and be the holder of a bank account with IBAN ESXX
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Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 26/10/2023
Classes end: 06/06/2024
Programme ends : 08/01/2025
Monday: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tuesday: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Wednesday: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Thursday: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Taught at
Facultat de Nàutica de Barcelona (FNB)
Pla de Palau, 18
Why this master's degree?

Since its beginnings, shipping has been a global means of transport and one of the engines of global economic development, as 90% of the goods that are moved and traded around the world do so by sea, in addition to many of the raw and manufactured materials which can only be carried easily in this manner.

The shipping business is very important as a sector generating employment. This is due to the various areas involved - foreign trade, imports, insurance companies, brokers and customs agents, law firms, the logistics industry, shipping companies and ports, which is represented most strongly in shipping.

Spain, with its 7,880 kilometres of coastline, strategic geographical position and its status as a gateway to the EU, should enhance its maritime activity. To do so, it requires excellent professionals and managers with  a strongly international vocation.

The Master in Shipping Business aims to be a unique and exclusive product, and a benchmark for all professionals wanting to further their career in the fields of maritime business and law and port management. To achieve this, the course includes the participation of prestigious professionals from the maritime sector who will pass on their experiences to the students, leading schools in this field (the European School of Short Sea Shipping), technical visits to companies and institutions and a study trip to London, the world headquarters of the shipping business. The quality of the programme's content, the excellence of the teaching staff and the complementary activities will enable participants to have direct and privileged contact with the real situation in the sector.


To provide participants with a legal specialisation in the area of maritime law, complemented by training on the shipping and port business for professionals working within the shipping sector or wishing to start doing so.

Who is it for?

The programme is aimed at professionals with over 2 years of experience in the port-maritime sector who wish to enhance their professional profile.

The master's degree is also aimed at graduates and final year students in various areas:

  • Shipping - Marine - Port: Naval Engineers, Naval Technical Engineers. Graduates in Shipping and Maritime Transport Nautical and in Naval Machinery. Holders of a degree in Maritime Navigation and Naval Machinery.
  • Law and Economics: Graduates in Law, Business Administration and Management, Economics, Business, etc.
  • Engineering or technical/scientific degrees: Civil Engineer. Engineers in other specialist fields.

Training Content

List of subjects
2 ECTS 20h
Public Law of Shipping and Port Law
  • Sources and types of maritime law.
  • Maritime law applied to shipping.
  • Administrative management of shipping.
  • Port law: administration, services and prices
3 ECTS 30h
Safety of Shipping and Protection of the Sea Bed
  • Specific IMO Convention and the European Union regulations.
  • Safety of the ship: Shipbuilding design, construction, structure and equipment.


2 ECTS 20h
Subjects of Shipping
  • Owners, co-owners and shipping agents.
  • Ship managers.
  • Crew on board: captain, officers and crew.
  • Maritime labour relations.
  • Partners of shipping on shore.
2 ECTS 20h
The Legal Status of the Ship
  • Concept, nature and types of purchase.
  • Registration and flagging of ships.
  • Private legal.
  • Registration publicity.
  • Shipbuilding contract.
  • Contract for the sale of the vessel.
  • Ship mortgage.
  • Maritime liens.
4 ECTS 35h
Ship Operating Contract and Ancillary Contracts
  • Introduction, classification and sources.
  • Ship Lease Contract.
  • Time charter contract.
  • Voyage charter contract.
  • Shipping contract under the bill of lading system.
  • Passenger transport contract.
  • Towage contracts.
  • Multimodal transport contract.
  • Piloting contract.
  • Loading and unloading contract.
3 ECTS 30h
Shipping Accidents and Limitation of Liability
  • Introduction, classification and sources.
  • Collision.
  • Salvage.
  • General average.
  • Liability for maritime pollution.
  • Limitation of liability.
3 ECTS 30h
Maritime Insurance Law
  • Introduction, applicable sources and general conditions.
  • Formal and personal contract elements.
  • Real elements: insurable interests.
  • Obligations of insured parties.
  • Risks insured in the coverage of hulls.
  • Risks insured in coverage of goods.
  • Special coverage.
  • Settlement of compensation: corrective actions.
  • Protection and indemnity clubs.
  • Coverage of liability of shipping agents and charterers.
2 ECTS 20h
Maritime Procedures
  • Judicial jurisdiction.
  • Preventive lien of ships.
  • Execution on the ship and voluntary jurisdiction.
  • Maritime arbitration.
2 ECTS 20h
Port Technology and Maritime Operations
  • Ship theory.
  • Shipping nomenclature.
  • Classification of ships according to service.
  • Shipping documents.
  • The shipbuilding processes.
  • Classification societies.
  • Navigation.
  • Repairs and maintenance.
  • Transformations.
  • Inspections and surveys (ship and cargo).
3 ECTS 30h
Traffic analysis
  • Liner shipping versus tramp line: liner shipping and the freight conference.
  • Traffic of oil and petroleum products and chemicals.
  • Container transport.
  • Passenger transport.
  • Cruise traffic.
  • Transport of gases.
  • Transportation of dry bulk goods.
  • Various maritime transports.
4 ECTS 35h
Commercial Operation of the Ship. Charterings
  • Companies in the shipping business.
  • The shipping company, shipping agent and freight forwarding company.
  • The shipping broker.
  • Capital costs.
  • Fixed costs.
  • Variable costs.
  • Total costs.
  • Liner shipping costs: scale account.
  • Transport under the c/e system.
  • Time charter.
  • Negotiating the charter.
  • Voyage charter.
  • Lay and demurrage periods.
  • Bareboat charter.
  • Alternative types of charter.
  • Income versus expenditure.
  • Vetting.
  • The freight markets.
  • Freight equivalence.
  • Bunker.
4 ECTS 35h
International Goods Transport
  • Introduction to international trade.
  • Terms of delivery.
  • Incoterms.
  • International methods of collection and payment.
  • Uniform law of international trade.
  • Multimodal transport.
  • Loading and unloading operations.
  • Goods transport by road.
  • The role of customs in transport.
  • Intermodality and advanced efficient logistics.
  • Port intermodality.
  • Establishing a logistics network.


Students on the master's degree course will participate in a course-cruise on maritime logistics organized by the School of Short Sea Shipping lasting four days, on board one of the cruise-ferry ships operated by the company Grimaldi on the Barcelona-Rome route.

The course includes lectures, practical workshops on board the ship (visits to the various operating parts of a ship: loading and stowage of cargo, bridge, engine room, etc.), and teamwork to solve a case and a visit to the ports of Barcelona and Civittavecchia.

2 ECTS 20h
Maritime Policy
  • Introduction to maritime policy.
  • International maritime policy.
  • EU maritime policy.
  • Open registries.
  • Cabotage and short sea shipping
3 ECTS 30h
Maritime Insurance
  • Introduction to maritime insurance.
  • Technical branches.
  • Hull insurance.
  • Insurance of goods.
  • Management of accidents in transport insurance.
  • Protection and indemnity clubs.
  • Transport reinsurance.
4 ECTS 35h
Maritime Economics
  • Balance sheet and profit and loss account.
  • Introduction to economics.
  • Accounting and the General Accounting Plan.
  • Financial mathematics.
  • Loans and repayment.
  • Fixed assets and depreciation.
  • Basic financing.
  • Ship financing.
  • Current assets.
  • Analysis of balances.
  • Ratios.
  • Financial statements of shipping companies.
  • Investment analysis.
  • Business valuation.
  • Suspension of payments and bankruptcy.
  • Macroeconomics.
  • Spanish fiscal system.
  • Application to the maritime sector.
2 ECTS 20h
Business Management
  • Human resources management.
  • The curriculum vitae.
  • Effective presentation techniques.
  • Personnal recruitment techniques.
  • Strategic plan and decision making.
  • Logistics strategy.
  • Information systems and the new economy.
  • Quality management.
  • Creating a business.
  • Money laundering prevention.
2 ECTS 20h
  • Introduction to marketing.
  • Concepts, functions and tools.
  • Strategic management.
  • Business strategy.
  • Sales force.
  • Product policy.
  • Price policy.
  • Marketing plan.
3 ECTS 25h
Maritime English
  • Nautical and technical English.
  • Business English.
  • Legal English.
2 ECTS 20h
Port Management
  • Types of ports.
  • Demand and traffic planning.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Trading ports.
  • Analysis of port capacity.
  • Administrative concessions
  • Logistics Activity Zone.
  • ISPS Code.
2 ECTS 20h
Sports Marina
  • Introduction to pleasure craft.
  • Sports harbours.
  • Registration and flagging.
  • Insurance contracts for pleasure craft.
  • Operating contracts for pleasure craft.
6 ECTS 20h
Master's Degree Final Project
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
Special master's degree issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain it, is necessary to have an official university qualification. Otherwise, the student will receive a course completion certificate of the programme issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya. The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya's lifelong training courses are approved annually by the University's Governing Council. (See details appearing on the certificate).

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Solving exercises
Solutions are worked on by practising routines, applying formulas and algorithms, and procedures are followed for transforming the available information and interpreting the results.
Success stories
Outstanding business knowledge and experiences with high added value acquired during an outstanding professional career are presented and shared.
These visits are to specialist centres, companies in the sector or outstanding and important locations in the sector, in order to obtain knowledge in situ of development, production and demonstration environments within the programme.
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Students are supported when undertaking group work, including theoretical sessions which provide the tools and knowledge needed to achieve a result. Ideas and results are exchanged between all the participating groups.
Assessment criteria
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Level of participation
The student's active contribution to the various activities offered by the teaching team is assessed.
Solving exercises, questionnaires or exams
Individual tests aimed at assessing the degree of learning and the acquisition of competences.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this master's degree will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • de Melo Rodríguez, Germán
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    PhD in Civil Navy from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Chief Engineer Officer of the Merchant Navy, Marine Engineer Officer. Master's Degree in Shipping Business and Master's Degree in Occupational Risk Prevention. Professor at the Barcelona Nautical Faculty of the UPC. Vice-president of the Spanish Merchant Navy Officers' Association, consultant to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and member of the Plenary of the National Commission for Maritime Incidents and Accidents. He has more than 30 years of experience in university training, research projects, navigation, construction, inspection and maintenance of merchant ships.
Teaching staff
  • Álvarez Arroyo, Soledad

    Ex-Head of Chartering at CEPSA.
  • Aragunde Miguens, Jordi

    Currently, as Head Foreman at Port of Barcelona. Representative of the Spanish union Coordinator, from 2006 to 2015. Coordinator of Catalonian and Balearic Islands Area for Coordinator, from 2006 to 2014. Advisor of the Port of Barcelona as a representative of Catalonian Government, from 2010 to 2014. Member of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in the Ports Sector on behalf of IDC. General Coordinator of the International Dockers Council (IDC), from 2014 to 2019. Since 2020 International Coordinator of IDC and ILA Work. Professor of the Master in Maritime Negotiation at the Tecnocampus Mataró.
  • Barbadillo Eizaguirre, Jesús

    Counsel and head of Transport & Shipping (Litigation and Arbitration practice) at Garrigues Walker & Associats Legal Practice.
  • Candomeque Echave-Sustaeta, Andrés Javier

    Lawyer Degree from Universitat de Barcelona. Lawyer at Proa Legal Lawyer's Office.
  • de Melo Ponce, Germán

    Degree in Economics and in Business Management and Adinistration in Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Degree in Law in Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia. He worked as a Former tax and Customs Inspector in the Agencia Nacional de la Administración Tributaria, Former Head of the Spanish Customs in Tenerife and in Algeciras and Former Delegate of the Ministry of Finance in Melilla. Currently, working as European Commission Official in Customs Legislation.
  • de Melo Rodríguez, Germán
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    PhD in Civil Navy from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Chief Engineer Officer of the Merchant Navy, Marine Engineer Officer. Master's Degree in Shipping Business and Master's Degree in Occupational Risk Prevention. Professor at the Barcelona Nautical Faculty of the UPC. Vice-president of the Spanish Merchant Navy Officers' Association, consultant to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and member of the Plenary of the National Commission for Maritime Incidents and Accidents. He has more than 30 years of experience in university training, research projects, navigation, construction, inspection and maintenance of merchant ships.
  • Galobart Regas, Isidro

    Lawyer Degree from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Professor at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB).
  • Pachá Vicente, Esteban
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    PhD in Nautical Science and Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia. Official of the Cuerpo Facultativo de Marina Civil. Transport attaché at the Spanish Embassy in London, previously having worked as the general director of the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) and representative of Spain to the International Maritime Organization (OMI). He has been a governor of the World Maritime University and ambassador for Science of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology. Member of the Nautical Institute (FNI) and of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.
  • Pendón Meléndez, Miguel Angel

    PhD in Law. Professor at University of Cadiz.
  • Pozo Tamarit, Jordi

    Senior Marine Underwriter RSA Spain.
  • Veras Sepúlveda, Luis Armando
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    Master's Degree in Maritime Law and Business and Port Management (Shipping Business) from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Master's Degree in Economics and Business from the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. Law Degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana (Santo Domingo de Guzmán). Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (London). Member of the Baltic Exchange (London). Broker of merchant ships and maritime charters.

Associates entities

Strategic partners
  • Autoritat Portuaria De Barcelona
    • Provides financial aid to the programme or grants for the registration of students.
    • Disseminates the programme in the professional sphere and area of expertise.
  • Ports de la Generalitat
    • Provides financial aid to the programme or grants for the registration of students.
Collaborating partners

Career opportunities

  • Ship broker.
  • Maritime consultants.
  • Port operators.
  • Port logistics managers.
  • Maritime surveyors.
  • Technicians in law, maritime business and port management.

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