WMU has led numerous Executive and Professional Development Courses (EPDCs), training thousands of maritime professionals in various locations around the world. Providing mid-career professional updating on a wide range of topics, and delivered in Malmö, or at a location chosen by the client, the EPDCs offer participants the opportunity to meet the challenges of a fast-changing industry.

WMU’s educational expertise, high caliber instructors, international environment, and close relationship with the customer, ensure the effective achievement of executive course objectives. Participants not only acquire critical knowledge, but also strengthen relationships with colleagues in their organization. The customized executive courses promote interactivity in order for participants to be able to think critically about themselves and about their role in the organization.

A close relationship is established between the customer and WMU’s executive education staff from the initial design stage of a course. Joint efforts are made to ensure that the problems encountered by the organization are thoroughly analyzed and the key issues clearly identified. This allows for the teaching objectives and learning outcomes to be well formulated, corresponding programme curricula drafted, and the most suitable instructors selected.

Indicative list of Customized Executive Courses requested by clients (can be delivered in a 5-day schedule):

Addressing Maritime Corruption

The course covers the rationale and ways for addressing the scourge of maritime corruption, which may affect vessel operation and port interfaces. The course describes the legal, ethical and business ramifications of the payment of bribes and gifts, against the backdrop of anti-bribery legislation from a number of jurisdictions, and the IMO FAL Convention, which is set to incorporate provisions on maritime corruption.

Alternative Fuels and Future Technologies

This PDC focuses on the use of alternative fuels as a means to reduce air pollutants and the emission of greenhouse gases from international shipping. Alternative fuels including LNG, LPG, dimethyl ether, biofuels, methanol, hydrogen and ammonia are discussed. Future technologies like fuel cells, batteries and wind assisted propulsion are also examined. The course comprises tutorial sessions with practical exercises for applied learning.

An Introduction to the Natural View of Science

The course introduces how Natural Science is conducted in the marine environment. The goal of the course is to provide in-depth research, analysis and interpretation, to develop the knowledge and skills which are required for achieving biological, ecological and environmental outcomes and learn how to integrate the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals and Targets. Students will acquire skills to develop and design plan of action for monitoring and management.

Ballast Water Management

This training course provides seafarers, PSCOs, and administrators with knowledge on the characteristics and use of BWMS to which various technologies are applied based on knowledge of the background and progress of the BWM Convention. Through this, it is possible to learn the characteristics of use of BWMS, which have been approved by IMO worldwide, and the matters to be checked with emphasis.

Capacity building for sustainable development

This course focuses on how to build capacity at the local community level in the maritime and ocean fields in order to achieve sustainable development. It helps to analyze the need of the community and design sustainable solutions.

Circular Economy and Energy transitions

This professional development course offers a focussed insight and will introduce the main principles of Circular Economy model and methods toward sustainable shipping including ports. The course will provide the basic concept of CE, exploring visions and business opportunities, including best practices.

Community-based solutions in environmental governance

This course could address concepts, challenges, and opportunities of implementing community-based solutions in coastal and marine governance. The course would cover concepts and casesof community-based co-management, as well as discussing such concepts as stakeholderengagement, public participation, adaptive capacity, and socioecological resilience.

Concept, Implementation and Impact of Market-based Measures for GHG Reduction in Shipping

This PDC contains the following five aspects: A discussion of the need of using market-based measures (MBM) for the control and reduction of GHG from shipping; An economic explanation of the two main MBM; An analysis of the main challenges regarding the use of MBM to reduce GHG emissions from international shipping; An introduction of the principles for the implementation of the MBM in shipping; And an assessment of the economic impact of MBM on the supply and demand of shipping services.

Container Terminal Performance and Planning with Simulation Technique

The subject aims to provide the participant the concept of port logisticsand its meaning of total transport chain with a particular emphasis on acontainer terminal and to discuss the importance of a proper container terminalcapacity (PCTC) in terms of port logistics with a smooth yard operation. To fulfillthis, with the development of a relevant simulation programme an analysis ofthe proper handling capacity for container terminal will be made. Furthereconomic impacts arisen from the improper container terminal capacity will beexamined from the total costs incurred in the port.

Decarbonisation of International Shipping

We are now in a new era where reduction and removal of Green House Gas (GHG) from international shipping is indispensable especially after Paris agreement (UNFCCC, 2015). In addition, IMO’s initial GHG strategy accelerated the momentum of decarbonization efforts in the shipping industry and came up with very ambitious targets for 2030 and 2050. This PDC covers MARPOL Annex VI, in particular Chapter 4, and energy efficiency of ships for decarbonization of international shipping in the short to foreseeable medium/long term. The lectures are supported with tutorials on the impact of technical and operational measures on fuel consumption reduction for ships.

Derivatives and Risk Management in Shipping

To identify and analyze various risks associated with the shipping and port markets and provide robust traditional and financial risk management solutions to hedge the exposures. To maximize and secure return on investment at the desired level of financial risks.

Digital Disruption in the Maritime Sector: Impact and Strategy

To address the driving forces and enablers behind the current maritime technological revolution. To discuss the patterns of micro-level digital business transformation during this revolutionary process. To focus on the fundamentals of digital technologies and their relevance to maritime operations. To elaborate the characteristics of digitization and digitalization with relevant case studies. To develop skills and provide the necessary tools for students to create business value in a digitalization project

EU Maritime Law (alternatively: EU Maritime Transport Law)

The European Union (EU) plays an increasing role in the regulation of international shipping and any shipping company wishing to trade with EU-based companies (or merely calling at EU ports) will have to take this into consideration. The PDC takes on various aspects of this regulatory reality and will place the EU rules in the context of international maritime law. To ensure a common basis for the understanding of EU maritime law, the basic structure and principles of the EU and EU law will be explained at the outset. The PDC gives an insight into how the EU as a large and important regional player – and the world’s only supranational organization – regulates shipping in a difficult interplay with international (and national) maritime regulation. The PDC offers both an overview and more in-depth knowledge about the regulation of marine pollution damages, passenger claims and competition law. The latest developments as generated by the "EU Green Deal" and the EU Climate Law(s) will be integrated.

Emerging Technologies for Environmental Excellence

The topic covers detailed assessments on dynamic regulatory governance landscape in relation to emerging technologies and technologies with emerging applications critical to environmental excellence. The lecture covers a two-fold assessment on challenges, opportunities and solutions in relation to state-of-the-art technologies for: vessel survey and inspection, as well as ocean observation and monitoring with a focus on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Environmentally Sustainable Port and Shipyard

This PDC focuses on knowledge of energy management systems, technologies and planning in the framework of ports. Theoretical and practical knowledge of the energy management framework are presented, including planning, strategy and leadership. Energy management systems are discussed, including certification processes such as ISO 50001 and other relevant European certifications systems; the quality management system (QMS) process and energy audit programmes. The lectures are supported with tutorials.

Essential Maritime Economics

It is an introduction to maritime economics. In this PDC, economic explanations are provided onhow shipping markets function. The course includes the analysis of maritime demand ofseaborne trade and the supply of shipping services. Specific sections are given on shipping cost,maritime services, freight market and maritime safety and environmental economics.

Financing the Decarbonization

This professional development course offers a focussed insight and overview with the range of financing mechanisms and financial incentives to facilitate the energy transition of the port and shipping sector.

Fundamentals of Marine Insurance

This course will provide a practical overview of the marine insurance sector. First, the historic origins and most important legal concepts to understand and interpret marine insurance clauses are introduced. Second, the most important specialized areas of marine insurance cover will be discussed in some more detail (Hull & Machinery, including War Risks; Mutual Indemnity (P&I), Freight, Demurrage & Defense (FDD) as well as marine cargo insurance). The understanding of those specialized areas will be supplemented by recent case studies which include the consequences of General Average (GA).

Gender and organizational change

This course provides both theoretical lectures and practical training to analyze the organization to become gender responsive and transformative. It also introduces tools and techniques to promote gender diversity as strategic management.

Global Maritime Logistics and Supply Chain Management

The subject aims to provide you with an understanding of contemporary logistics and supply chain management in the context of global economies and businesses, to explore the important role it has in the overall performance of companies, and to examine the influence of various logistics and physical distribution elements, including shipping and ports, on local, regional and international economies. The modern logistics and supply chain management has a substantial impact on companies’ operating costs, thus having played an important role in all business endeavours to enhance their competitiveness. The subject contains an introduction to the basic principles of designing, implementing, planning and controlling logistics and supply chain systems for maritime enterprises, especially for a company with global business operations. In the context of maritime transport, the subject is planned to examine the specific position of shipping and ports in the logistics and supply chain and to introduce the main analytical tools as well as decision making techniques of logistics and supply chains and their applications to the shipping and port sector. The subject is structured with lectures, case analysis and discussions, group-based exercises and role-plays.

IMO Liability and Compensation Conventions

The course describes a dozen IMO conventions covering liability and compensation for pollution damage from oil, bunkers, hazardous and noxious substances (HNS), wreck removal, salvage, passenger claims as well as global limitation. The requirements for ratification and legislation drafting by countries are explained through hands-on exercises.

International Fisheries Regulation and the Problem of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

This course introduces the concept of sustainable fisheries management and the role of the UN agencies and their international legal instruments. The course begins with a focus on the efforts of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and its approach and legal instruments that are designed to achieve sustainable fishing. The course then covers the problem of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing that acts to undermine efforts to sustainably manage fisheries. Here we also consider the role of the International Maritime Organization and the International Labor Organization in relation to fishing vessel safety and labor conditions onboard fishing vessels. The complexity of the problem is illustrated and the need for inter-agency cooperation is presented. Efforts to tackle the problem are presented using a variety of case studies from around the world.

Introduction to Maritime Administration

This course is designed to give participants a set of essential knowledge and skills that will facilitate their work in a maritime administration or analogous organization. It is designed for delivery to maritime administration executives who may have little or no prior maritime background, and offers an intensive introduction to issues of critical importance in the maritime industry and aims to impart knowledge on the most essential aspects of maritime administration.

Introduction to Ocean Science

Approximately 2.2 billion people live within 100 km of a coastline. This figure is set to double by 2025. Many of these coastal inhabitants depend directly upon marine resources for their subsistence or income. Despite our growing use of the oceans and major efforts to catalogue the diversity and distribution of marine life, much of the marine realm is still to be explored. Understanding marine ecological processes and systems are urgent research priorities if we are to comprehend the ecological effects of human activities that impact upon them and more widely on global systems. This understanding is essential to help society find ways of achieving sustainable use of marine recourses.

Introduction to the International Law of the Sea

The course examines the development of the international law of the sea and explores key aspects of this under the overarching framework of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Accordingly, issues related to baselines and the zonal system of maritime jurisdiction established under UNCLOS are systematically dealt with.

Introductory Workshop on the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006

Upon completion of this course, the participant shall have acquired the knowledge necessary to become intimately familiar with the MLC 2006. In particular, the participant will become conversant with the general rights and principles underlying the Convention as well as the substantive provisions that provide detailed standards, regulations, and guidance on issues contained in the MLC’s five substantive titles: minimum requirements for seafarers to work on a ship; conditions of employment; accommodations, recreational facilities, food and catering; health protection, medical care, welfare and social security protection; and compliance and enforcement (flag/port/crew-supply state).

Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning

To consider knowledge management and its importance to modern organizations and maritime clusters in improving operational efficiency. To understand the use of socio-technical skills and modern technology and digitization in creating, acquiring and transferring knowledge. To discuss the role and influence of data and global access to information on society. To examine knowledge and knowledge repositories and their support, maintenance, development and use for organizational and industry growth. To examine how organizations learn and how this impacts growth, sustainability, relevance and profitability.

Legal and Operational Aspects of Maritime Security

This is a 5-days course with a dedicated focus on security. It heavily elaborates on the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code), with special emphasis on implementation issues. An explanation of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) influence upon the numerous issues related to “Oceans Governance” and especially the security domain is first provided. Then, all types of contemporary maritime threats are identified and appropriately discussed, along with an explanation of the framework relating to the effective management of security risks. Under a forward looking approach, the topic of “Shipping in the Digitalization Era” is then introduced; this is followed by a thorough discussion of the growing cyber security threat.

Management accounting for maritime education and training institutions

The course is designed to help managers of maritime education and training institutions to understand the role of the process of identifying, collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating information in order to support decision-making in achieving organizational goals.

Managing Marine Debris and Sargassum in Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Perspectives from the Eastern Carribean

The PDC offers an in-depth introduction to the challenges in managing marine litter and Sargassum in Small Island Developing States with a particular focus on the Eastern Carribean. Topics covered include the following: scope and nature of the challenge; pressures and socio-economic impacts; science and technical solutions; ocean governance and jurisdiction issues; regulatory approaches at local, national, sub-regional, regional and multilateral levels; monitoring and modelling; fiscal instruments; societal awareness. Comparative best practices in SIDS worldwide, the European Union, Japan and the United States.

Maritime Analytics

To introduce economic models and market analytical tools in shipping, ports and logistics using advanced statistical concepts. To offer econometric modelling techniques, skills and experiences for conducting empirical research for shipping and port management. To apply quantitative models, with real market data and statistical software, in order to find a solution to complex transport and logistics problems, having an emphasis given on the shipping industries. To enhance decision-making capabilities with supporting evidence.

Maritime Casualty Investigation

This course consists of taught modules, group sessions and discussions. The objective is to enhance existing knowledge about the maritime casualty investigation framework and to add specific knowledge on issues such as legal considerations, the maritime casualty investigation process, the data analysis and the Human Element. The course is also intended to provide for the exchange of experience and thoughts between colleagues.

Maritime Occupational Safety & Health : latest developments

Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) is commonly defined as the science of anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards resulting from the workplace that can impair workers' safety, health, and well-being. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, much attention was paid to seafarers' OSH. The maritime working environment encompasses physical, mental, and ergonomic hazards that could lead to occupational accidents, injuries, and physical and mental diseases.This course will examine occupational safety, health practices, and challenges across the maritime sector. The focus will be on examining international and comparative maritime, labour, health regulations, procedures, practices and the challenges arising from. This course is mainly addressed to maritime practitioners and academics with an interest in the area.

Maritime Policy Design, Formulation, and Implementation

The course is an introduction to the concepts of the design, formulation, and implementation of maritime policy. It will provide a broad overview of the steps in policy design and formulation including strategic planning, problem analysis, formulation of objectives, analysis of current situation and deficiencies, and development of measures to promote safety, security, environmental protection, and efficiency in the maritime industry.

Maritime Safety, Technology

This course provides to seafarers, administrators, and researchers how new maritime technologies, including recently introduced MASS, can contribute to maritime safety, including risk analysis and FSA for ensuring maritime safety. To this end, the importance of maritime safety, human factors, MASS technology development status, MASS code development, and industry responses are explained to participants. Based on this, the participants will acquire knowledge about maritime safety and maritime technology in the future.

Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

This course aims to provide evidence based, cross disciplinary introduction to the ocean as a social-ecological system. To learn about ocean processes and life in the ocean and evaluate the benefits that the ocean provides to societies. To examine how human activities such as overfishing, marine pollution and human-induced cliate change disrupt the function of the ocean ecosystems, and the implications for the Earth and its habitants.

Outcome-based education in maritime education and training context

The course is designed for curriculum developers to explain the concept of outcome-based education as a theoretical foundation used worldwide in the process of curriculum development focusing on the learners’ competences as starting point and end result of any educational activities.

Participatory mapping as an engagement strategy for coastal communities

As area-based approaches are increasingly identified as best governance practices, questionsarise as to how to properly document and visualize the knowledge of local communities. Thiscourse would propose participatory mapping as a best-practice approach for communityengagement. It would cover participatory mapping concepts, practices, methodologies, andcase studies.

Planning and preparedness for response to marine oil spills

This professional development course is aimed at anyone responsible for oil pollution Incident Management - Administrators, Senior Managers and Senior Officials who may be involved in planning for or managing a response to an oil spill incident, setting priorities and dealing with stakeholders, Regulators and Government Departments. The course focuses on Contingency Planning and Incident Management and managing international assistance. the course covers Response Strategies, New Technologies, Waste Management, Communications, Information & Record Keeping, Media Relations, and Compensation. The course is designed to provide a good understanding of key aspects that relate incident management, including: safety of personnel; working with stakeholders; response limitations; communications and media relations; response management and requirements.

Port Market Analysis and Development Strategy

The PDC contains a full analysis of strategic issues regarding the market development in the port sector. A number of practical case studies have been developed for this course. Through the case studies the strategic principles and analytical methods are discussed. Participants are expected to actively engage in the class activities.

Port security: fundamentals of national legislation, policy and best practices

This is an off-the-shelf course on port security legislation, policy and good practices. The course imparts the necessary understanding and tools to walk through an adequate implementation of the port security normative frameworks on the international plane, including prominently the ISPS Code, the ILO/IMO Code of Practice on Security in Ports, and the IMO Guide to Maritime Security and the ISPS Code. The course includes strong interactive parts made of questionnaires, exercises, and a road map development. Elements of customised legal and policy drafting are also covered. The course is addressed to regulatory bodies, including maritime administrations, port authorities, and other stakeholders involved in port security.

Safety Optimization and Leadership

This course aims to provide training to shipboard and ship management/operating entities to optimize safety knowledge, behaviours and attitudes and to discuss leading and facilitating required change in maritime operations. It is designed to give participants insights into risk and the associated notion of safety leadership in a shipping company/maritime operations context.

Ship Finance & Investment

To introduce the principles of shipping financial management and the impact of economic variables on the operations of maritime business organizations. To understand the strategic challenges in the maritime industry, including operational, commercial and financial risks. To conduct topic-based case studies in a way to enhance decision-making capabilities for maritime stakeholders at various stages of the market cycle.

Tactics in the pursuance of maritime claims at international level

Claimants in international disputes have various options to pursue their claims. The course provides concrete knowledge on the tactics in the pursuance of claims at pre-trial and adjudication level. Participants will be exposed to the mechanics of forum shopping and the impact of various remedies for the satisfaction of maritime claims.

The Law of the Sea and Maritime Boundary Delimitations

The course gives a broad overview of the main principles of the international law of the sea, the most important features of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982, and its development. The course focuses mainly on the rules related to maritime zones, the maritime boundary delimitation process and the mechanisms for peaceful settlement of disputes.

The significance of policy formulation in the maritime sector and its repercussions for the national economies as well as shipping

The National Maritime Transport Policy is the main driving force for the implementation of maritime conventions with impact on the country's economy. What elements are required in the policy to trigger the formulation of a strategy in the pursuance of goals and objectives relating to shipping? The participants will be exposed to the mechanism that is required for the preparation of a policy that will be linking shipping to the country's economy.

Training Course for Assessment, Examination and Certification of Seafarers

The course is designed to give participants the knowledge and skills needed for the administration, supervision and monitoring of the training and assessment of seafarers. It is based on the requirements of STCW Convention Regulation I/6 and Code Section A-I/6 (Training and assessment) and with a consideration of IMO Model Course 3.12 (Assessment, Examination and Certification of Seafarers).

Training Course for Instructors in Maritime Education and Training Institutions

The course is designed to give participants insight into the delivery of competence-based curriculum to students and to develop the associated knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the efficient delivery of courses per STCW standards. It is based on the requirements of STCW Regulation I/6 – Training and assessment, STCW Code A-I/6 (Training and assessment) and with a consideration of the contents of IMO Model Course 6.09 (Training Course for Instructors).

Training Course for Simulator Training and Assessment (based on IMO Model Course 6.10)

This is a 5-days course designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills for the optimization of teaching and learning using simulators in the MET environment. It further develops participants’ knowledge and skills in regards to assessment of learning achieved through the use of simulators. This course aims to provide knowledge and skills for trainees to administer, supervise and assess training and learning facilitated by simulators for the achievement of the competencies set out in the STCW Convention as amended with particular reference to STCW Regulation I/6, STCW Code A-I/6 on “training and assessment” as well as STCW Regulation I/12, STCW Code A-I/12 on “use of simulators”. It is based on a consideration of the contents of IMO Model Course 6.10 – Train the simulator trainer and assessor.

Training Course on the Handling, Stowage and Carriage of Maritime Dangerous Goods

This course aims to provide training to shore-side personnel involved in the management of dangerous goods in packaged form and solid bulk cargoes in their various aspects, to enable these personnel to improve their understanding of the IMDG and IMSBC Codes as well as to enhance awareness, improve the implementation of these legal instruments and their mandatory requirements under the relevant conventions, and to promote good practices relating to safety, environmental protection and emergency/accident response.

Understanding Indigenous and Local knowledge of marine and coastal environments

Local knowledge systems have been developed over extensive periods of time as a result oflocal communities’ relationships with their environments. Local knowledge can be both detailedand comprehensive, and it is usually grounded in oral tradition. This course can look at thenature, value, and use of local knowledge in marine and coastal governance, as well asapplications alongside scientific knowledge.

Wellbeing and individual resilience

The training course is aimed to increase the awareness of the importance of wellbeing at work. The course provides information and practical techniques on how to develop individual resilience and improve quality of life.


The pricing depends on, among other things, content, level of customization, location, length of course, number of participants, and number of instructors. The price of the course will be negotiated directly with the client. In addition to course fees, the customer will also be required to cover:

For more information contact pdc@wmu.se.


"As a company, we are committed to sustainability. In our view, this includes seeking cooperation with institutions that, like WMU, are dedicated to international understanding, equal chances and education.At least as important for us is the expertise in the area of high educational standards at an academic level within WMU.

WMU delivers training packages that meet the highest standards and are tailored to meet our specific needs. The courses are relevant and meet as well the standards of our discerning clients. A very good support for increasing safety and environmental awareness on board our tankers."

Mr Sven Schwarz, CEO, Gesellschaft für Oeltransporte mbH (GEFO)