Bachelor in Maritime Business



offered in collaboration with Europe’s oldest Maritime College specialised in the art of Greek Ship Management  

The Italian Shipping Academy together with BCA GIME to develop the education into the maritime industry


Fondazione Accademia Italiana della Marina Mercantile (Italian Shipping Academy) at the forefront together with the Athenian BCA GIME institute for the high-level training of seafarers and officers of the merchant navy.


Developed by BCA, the first maritime college to offer Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Ship Management in Greece

Delivered online, to meet the needs of graduates, maritime professionals and seafarers who are unable to attend regular taught classes

The courses provide a balance between learning of advanced theories and practical knowledge, while using BCA practical e-books and 100+ hours of HD video content

The professors are preeminent maritime professionals who offer a practical approach to learning

Over 50 years of experience in Ship Management education, guiding seafarers and executives for a successful career in Ship Management.

The BCA Career Office has placed 8.000 alumni in 300+ ship management companies

Internship and work opportunities in Greece and abroad upon successful completion of degree

Deck officers holding Master’s degrees better prepared for a high-rewarding career ashore

Final degree awarded in collaboration with the esteemed University of West London

The Online Learning Experience

HD Video Lectures

Customized Learning Platform

Specialized e-books

Physical teaching sessions in Italy

Access to LLoyds, Clarksons, BIMCO databases

Monthly Live Lectures

24 hour Q&A Support

Laptop provided for study while on-board

Bachelor in Maritime Business

Aimed at Maritime professionals with work experience but without a prior Bachelor’s degree, this demanding conversion degree offers the opportunity for a richer theoretical understanding of the Ship Management industry. The Bachelor’s degree in Shipping can be completed within one year, and act as a stepping stone towards the Master’s degree in Shipping.

1 year

•  4.500€ + 500€ fee for recognition of prior learning
–  payment in 2 instalments


Maritime Business Management

Students will be introduced to the discipline of Management and its four functions (planning, organizing, leadership, control) along with the foundations and modern methods of business planning. Management planning tools and techniques for decision making will be utilized and applied in ship operations, technical, crew, compliance, communications, and financial management. People Management principles are also explored as applied to a shipping business. Moreover, the basic principles of safety and quality management systems will be analyzed and applied to the shipping industry. ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) principles are applied to a shipping business within a management system approach incorporating industry best practices guidelines with a clear emphasis on the Environmental pillar in accordance with IMO 2050 targets.

International Maritime Policy and Regulations

Laws, Rules and Regulations are the tools, through which Policies are being implemented. In the shipping industry, IMO is the main Policy Maker globally, but its resolutions have to become national laws, in order to be applied. Other Maritime Policy Makers (through establishment of Rules and Regulations) are the European Union, the USA and other major countries. But regarding Rules and Regulations these are not the only ones. International Organisations (ILO, ISO) and Industry Organisations (OCIMF, RightShip) are also key players both in establishing regulations and ensuring compliance with them.

Maritime Law

The module offers an introduction to shipping law and the key legal elements to be encountered. Students will have the opportunity to get familiar with the shipping law and practice through both theory as well as case-study examples. They will learn the core laws that govern the marine affairs, the basic shipping conventions, the legal risks and implications of a casualty and what insurance products are available to counter these risks, i.e., essential knowledge both for preventions as well as handling/mitigation purposes.

Financial Management

The module provides students with the knowledge regarding the financial policy of shipping companies with emphasis on investment programmes, capital structure, cost of capital and pay out policy. Furthermore, it focuses on topics such as: leasing, financing expansion, collaterals used in finance, cash flow analysis, syndicated loans, project finance for new ships, financing new ships – commercial funds, financing second – hand vessels and conversions, financial appraisal of new projects, the importance and the role of using foreign currencies. Additionally, it analyses the capital markets, the equity (ipo’s) and debt finance. Furthermore, modern types and methods of financing shipping companies (e.g. Islamic Finance) are discussed and assessed. The nature of the risk in shipping industry is also identified and analysed along with the significance of financial risk management including the following: freight rate risk, ships value at risk, bunker price risk, interest rate risk and exchange rate risk.

Maritime Business Research Project

The module exposes students to contemporary perspectives in academic research, and in particular focuses on developing a range of skills affecting the identification and formulation of project titles. Special focus is placed on the critical review of available literature and information resources, the use of online databases and other sources. Emphasis is given to the methods used in scientific research, reviewing a range of statistical and non-statistical methods of analyses appropriate for projects in terms of both qualitative and quantitative research. Finally, students will become aware of any research issues associated with conducting research.

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