Topics in Ship Agency

ASBA Online Certificate Course

To develop a better understanding of how the agent’s services greatly facilitate the shipowner, charterer and cargo interests in fulfilling their obligations under a contract of carriage.

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  • Contract of Carriage
  • Bills of Lading
  • Maritime Law and the Ship's Agent
  • The Principal/Agency Relationship


One Month

5 - 6 hours for each Lesson
Review of lecture (1-2 Hours)
Additional reading assignments (1-2 Hours)
Posting, answering and reviewing questions to/from the professor (1-2 Hours)


Upon registration students will be sent details for registration into online course via CourseSites by Blackboard. Learning will be asynchronous. Each student will select his/her own time for attending the biweekly virtual class (by reading each week’s classroom lecture). Each student must also read any additional assignments for that lesson. Students may be required to answer questions for each lesson and check once the answers have been posted to the site. The professor is available for student questions in each lesson which students will post via CourseSites by Blackboard. Questions and their answers are viewable by all students. ASBA will award a certificate upon successful completion of all coursework and the Final Exam.

Jeffrey A. Weiss 

A Professor at the State University of New York, Maritime College and currently teaches courses in the business of shipping, charter parties, maritime law, marine insurance, and international commercial transactions, among others. He has taught similar courses at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture. Professor Weiss has taught courses offered by A.S.B.A. live and via the internet for many years.

Professor Weiss is also an attorney and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  Many years ago, Professor Weiss served onboard various American merchant ships as a deck officer. He has also worked shoreside in vessel operations.

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