Since 2002, over 800 participants have participated in this full, highly intensive, crash course in all shipping-related matters we can possibly cover in one week. The course is a unique blend of basic principles on bills of lading, voyage and time chartering, laytime and demurrage, mixed with practical examples and case studies on LOI’s, co-mingling of cargoes, and the effects of piracy on shipping contracts, just to mention some of the topics covered!
The backbone of the programme is the case studies, where participants are divided into groups to find practical solutions to realistic situations presented. As in real life, there is rarely one fixed answer to a situation and the discussions between the groups and tutors form an important part of the learning objectives.
On the last day, everyone joins together in a full day exercise “The Big Fixing Game” where the participants compete to fix ships and cargoes using all the knowledge they have gained over the previous days to get the best commercial results.
Several unique events, including specially organised dinners, a visit to the Danish Maritime Museum, a visit to a local ship broker for a presentation on brokering, bridge simulators at Force Technology, and a Copenhagen boat tour including the port are also included in the programme.
The BIMCO summer shipping school is residential and the participants stay at the conference hotel for the duration of the course. The “boot camp” atmosphere is a very important part of the programme.