Specialist Degree in Maritime Business

Submission of applications:
Start: November 1, 2021
End: October 14, 2022

1 year (Full-time study)

Openday CiD ICADE:
Thursday 03/03/2022 (06:00 pm.)
Thursday 12/05/2022 (06:00 pm.)

Credits 30 ECTS

The importance of transport in international trade goes without saying and the second most common way of moving goods, after land transportation, is by sea.

The European Union has recommended that sea transportation be favored through Short Sea Shipping (SSS) over other types of transportation, such as by road, due to the congestion of European highways and the high level of pollution this creates.

This course responds to the growing global need for specialists in the field of marine business, and it is aimed at all businesses involved in these activities.


Degree title:

Private Specialist (Program) in Shipping Business at Comillas Pontifical University.

Who is the program intended for?

The program is aimed at graduates in Economics and Business Administration, Bachelor in Navigation and Marine Engineers who want to develop their professional future in the maritime field. It is also designed for professionals who wish to acquire up to date and practical skills in the maritime sector.

Application period:

From November 1, 2021 to October 14, 2022.

Information about the documentation to submit


Monday–Thursday, 17:30–21:30


300 hours. One academic year

Classes begin:

October 17, 2022



Alumni are entitled to a 10% discount applicable to the final installment.


Comillas Pontifical University ICAI-ICADE
Alberto Aguilera 23, 28015 Madrid


C/Alberto Aguilera 23, 28015 Madrid
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Successfully completing this program, together with the Specialist Degree in Maritime Law and the End of Couse Project, gives access to the Master's Degree in Maritime Law and Business.


The key aim of this program is to provide students with comprehensive training in the field of sea transportation, equipping them to tackle the problems and challenges that arise in the world of maritime business.


Case Method
The case method is used throughout the course as a learning tool through which real situations will be analyzed and debated between speakers and participants.

Visits to places of interest
During the course, students will have the opportunity to visit companies and institutions that are involved in marine activity.

Student support
At the start of the course, each student will receive a portable device to use throughout the course in order to maximize productivity.

In addition, all the documents required to follow the course and to work on the proposed case studies will be available online throughout the course (conferences, policies, legislation, glossary, etc.).


Assessment will be based on participation, ability to resolve case studies, grades obtained during the course and attendance.

The Specialist (Program) in Maritime Law will be awarded to all students with a minimum attendance of 85% and who pass the tests taken during the course.



  • Ship knowledge
  • Types of ships
  • Off-shore: oil, gas renewable energies
  • Ship documents
  • Shipbuilding process
  • Classification societes
  • Navigation
  • Load and discharge operations
  • Bunkers
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Vetting
  • Vessel inspections


  • Liner trade vs tramp navigation
  • Liner companies, conferences, pools and alliances
  • Crude and oil products seaborne trade
  • Chemical seaborne trade
  • Container seaborne trade
  • Passenger, ships and cruises
  • LNG and LPG seaborne trade T
  • Dry cargo seaborne trade
  • Others: ro-ro, car carrier, reefer


  • Companies involved in shipping business
  • Shipowner
  • Auxiliary companies: agents and forwarders
  • Shipbroker
  • Shipping markets
  • Introduction to ship costs
  • Capital costs
  • Operating costs
  • Voyage costs
  • Cargo handling costs
  • The components of liner service costs
  • Introduction to chartering
  • Maritime freight analysis
  • Market information and index
  • Bare boat chartering
  • Time charter
  • Chartering negotiation
  • Voyage charter
  • Voyage analysis
  • Laytime and demurrage
  • Voyage documents
  • Alternative ways of chartering
  • Economical speed
  • Future freight market
  • Shipping pools and joint ventures


  • Introduction to international trade
  • Forms of payment and charge
  • Commodities trading
  • Documents in international trade
  • Transport of dangerous goods
  • The function of customs in the international trade
  • Costs in the international trade
  • Multimodal transport: road
  • Multimodal transport: railway


  • Introduction to marine policy
  • International maritime policy
  • EU maritime policy
  • Foc’s: flags of convenience
  • International and Spanish ports system
  • Coastal trade and short sea shipping


  • Introduction to maritime insurance
  • Hull and machinery insurance
  • Cargo insurance
  • Claims management
  • P&I clubs
  • Reinsurance in marine transport
  • Marine liabilities insurance



  • The role of accounting in Shipping Business
  • The balance sheet and the profit and loss account. Introduction to maritime economy
  • Accounting Spanish principals and rules: PGC
  • International accounting
  • Introduction to financial mathematics
  • Ship finance
  • Tax lease, tonnage tax
  • Analysis of balance sheets, ratios
  • Financial position of shipping companies
  • Investment analysis
  • Evaluation of companies
  • Valuation of ships estimates
  • Strategy: business plan
  • Reporting: audit opinion
  • Insolvency acts
  • Business ethics


  • Direction of teams and individuals
  • Staff selection
  • Effective presentation
  • Decision making
  • Introduction to I+D+I
  • Quality control, ism code
  • Leadership
  • Operative excellency and high seed supply chains
  • Risk management


  • Introduction to marketing. Concepts, functions and tools
  • Paradigms and new tendencies in marketing
  • Customer service and loyanty
  • Industrial marketing
  • Consumer Marketing
  • Services marketing
  • Mixed marketing
  • Commercial strategy: sales force
  • Marketing plan


  • Business ethics


Alfredo Pardo de Santayana


  • Remigio Abad Sánchez
    B2B Marketing Director, Endesa
  • Pablo Albert Albert
    Director, Legal BDO Auditores
  • Duncan Allum
    Claims, Transport and Special Risk Director, Willis
  • Soledad Álvarez Arroyo
    Chartering Expert
  • Alfonso Aramburu Delgado
    Deputy Director Commercial, Naviera Elcano, S.A.
  • Carlos Artero Salvador
    Consultant. Professor, ICEX
  • Antonio Jesús Ávila
    Vetting Department, CEPSA
  • Juan Carlos Bañón Morón
    Country Manager, Samskip Multimodal España
  • Fernando Barrio Fuente
    Director, Marine RSA
  • Manuel Carlier de Lavalle
  • Vicente Capell Navarro
    CEO, Knutsen España
  • Carmen Caro
    Consultant International Operations, Catenon Group
  • José Manuel Castillo Moreno
    Head of Global Marine, Mapfre Global Risk
  • Carlos Castro López
    Forest Partners
  • Javier de Mauricio García
    Project Manager, Siemens VDO Automotive España
  • Silvia Domínguez Pinto
    Manager, BDo Auditores
  • Marcos Duato
    Marketing Director & Business Development, Flota Suardiaz
  • Iñaki Echevarría
    Managing Director, Höegh Autoliners
  • Ramón Ferreiro Rodríguez
    Director of Department of Transportation, Aon Gil y Carvajal
  • Javier Fuertes Pérez
    Director of Business Management, Universidad Pontificia Comillas
  • Luis Guerrero
    Director of Naval Division, Bureau Veritas
  • Ignacio Larequi
    Business Development Manager, Transcoma
  • Ramón Madrigal Araujo
    Captain of the Merchant Navy, Grupo Balearia
  • Sebastián Mata y Galán
    Manager, Iberseguros
  • Víctor Mata Garrido
    Lawyer, Thomas Cooper
  • José Mazarrasa Loring
    Director, Mediterranean Shipping Company Madrid
  • Andrés Molina Martín
    PhD on Naval Architecture
  • Francisco Joaquín Montero Llacer
    PhD on Marine Science. Captain of the Merchant Navy.
  • José Luis Montes Giménez
    Managing Partner, Quazur
  • Javier Moret Sánchez
    Head of LNG Origination, RWE Supply and Trading
  • Manuel Moreu Munaiz
    Chairman, Seaplace
  • Manuel Nofuentes Caballero
    Director of Gas Business VM Energy, Grupo Villar Mir
  • Javier Otegui Apraiz
    Captain of the Merchant Navy
  • Alfredo Pardo de Santayana
    Chairman, Instituto Marítimo Español
  • Gerardo Polo Sánchez
    Emeritus Lecturer at the Technical Naval Engineering School (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)
  • Valentín Revuelta Allende
    Tramp Manager, Pérez y Cía.
  • Cristina del Río Díaz de Espada
    Head of Claims, RSA
  • Manuel del Río
    Director, FEM Shipbrokers
  • Pedro Román Nuñez
    Naval Architect
  • Diego Ruiz-Morales Eraso
    Chartering Department, Empresa Naviera Elcano
  • Antonio Sánchez-Jáuregui Martínez
    Naval Architect
  • Daniel Santos
    Project Manager, Altum Ingeniería y Servicios
  • José Manuel Sanz Failde
    Manager, Romualdo Alvargonzález
  • Carmen Sarandeses Fernández- Santa Eulalia
    Deputy General Director, Ribé Salat Broker
  • Elena Seco García-Valdecasas
    Deputy Director, ANAVE
  • Francisco Soriano Sanz
    Captain of the Merchant Navy
  • Yago Suárez-Llanos
    Chartering Manager, Naviera Sicar
  • Juan Carlos Taboada Pérez
    Vetting Department, CEPSA
  • Julio Trenas Fernández
    Naval Architect
  • Alfonso Turégano Fuentes
    Head Crude Oil, Repsol Trading
  • Roberto Veguillas Pérez
    Global Development Manager for US Business, Iberdrola Renewable Business

Other ICADE Business School master's degrees: Official Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA), Official Executive Master's Degree in Business Management (Executive MBA), Official Master's Degree in International Management (MIM), Official Master's Degree in Human Resources (MURH), Official Master's Degree in Marketing (MMKT), Official Master's Degree in Finance (MUF), Official Master's Degree in Financial Risk Management (MUGRF), Official Master's Degree in Financial Statement Auditing and Advanced Accounting (MUACCS), Master in International Industrial Project Management (MDIPI), Master in Business Administration-Executive (La Rioja)


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