Bills of Lading Masterclass Online

  • 12 Oct 2020 12 days
  • Available seats 0
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Course price

BIMCO member From EUR 1150
Non-member From EUR 1550


10% group discount is available for registering 3 or more participants from the same company.


The Bills of Lading Masterclass Online is a series of 10 online sessions, each lasting 60-90 minutes. During the masterclass, the trainers will focus on issues related to drawing up and handling the B/L. During the sessions, we will focus on the B/L as a part of a much bigger sets of documents, each of which is necessary when selling or buying goods internationally. We will focus the international conventions, and how the B/L serves as an essential key for all parties involved in the cargo transaction.

What will you learn?

The Bills of lading is at the core of international trade. The course focuses on common issues in B/L disputes (such as claused B/L’s, general average, LOI’s and liens) as well as on how this is legally dealt with worldwide. The seminar is highly practical and focusses on practical solutions to common B/L problems.

Dates and topics of Bills of Lading Masterclass Online 

Session 1: Monday, 12 October, Overview of Bills of Lading (60 min)
Session 2: Tuesday, 13 October, The Bill of Lading as a Receipt (60 min)
Session 3: Wednesday, 14 October, Who is the Legal Carrier under the Bill of Lading (60 min)
Session 4: Thursday, 15 October, The Bill of Lading as a Contract of Carriage (90 min)
Session 5 Friday, 16 October, The Importance of International Regulation (90 min)
Session 6: Monday, 19 October, The Protection of Third Parties (60 min)
Session 7: Tuesday, 20 October, The Problems caused by Negotiating Bills of Lading (60 min)
Session 8: Wednesday, 21 October, The Bill of Lading as a Document of Title (90 min)
Session 9: Thursday, 22 October, Letters of Indemnity (90 min)
Session 10: Friday, 23 October, Switch Bills of Lading (60 min)

Starting times (for all sessions)

08:00 Montréal/New York (EDT)
13:00 London (BST)
14.00 Copenhagen (CEST)
15:00 Athens (EEST)
16:00 Dubai (GST)
20:00 Hong Kong/Singapore (HKT/SGT)

Course programme

Case studies


Why choose to participate?

You will be taught by hand-picked industry experts who have built a career out of solving complicated Bills of Lading issues. The combination of theory, discussion and casework will make the complexity of B/L issues clear and manageable. The teachers will share valuable experiences and point participants towards practical solutions, which can be used on the job. The course will also facilitate networking between international shipping peers and enable long-term relationships between the participants.

The Masterclass is aimed at all practitioners involved in maritime transportation, who wish to boost their expert knowledge and become proficient in Bills of Lading.

How will this course help your professional development?

Bills of Lading issues arise in one way or form at every shipment. This course will assist you in identifying the potential challenges in advance and enable you to ask the right questions to the parties involved, thereby helping you to understand and explain your own risks and exposure.

After the course, you will have a have a much deeper understanding of the fundamental functions of the B/L and how it fits into the document flow. You will be able to discuss issues, such as delivery against an LOI, with your superiors, P&I club or legal counsel.

Course certification

Participants will be given an option of taking a final assessment (one-hour open-book test) at the end of the course, and Certificate of Achievement will be issued with a grade (distinction, merit or pass). Those not taking the assessment will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Course materials

BIMCO issues electronic course files as an Adobe PDF file enabling you to make personal notes. All documentation and presentations will be in English. Course access details will be provided once the registration is completed. 

You will also receive access to BIMCO's eLearning module on "Bills of Lading".


Stephen Mackin

Steven Mackin

Jessica Maitra



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