Master's Degree in Maritime Law and Business (MNDM)

Submission of applications:
From 1 November, 2021 to 14 October, 2022

1 year (Full-time study)

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

Credits 50 ECTS

This 39th edition of the Master's Degree in Maritime Law and Business is taught jointly with IME and the Comillas Pontifical University.

The Master is a response to the growing global demand for legal specialization in the area of ​​maritime law, as well as specialization in the field of shipping. This course is aimed at all companies in the sector.

The importance of transport in international trade is well known. Maritime transport, after the overland one, is the most used modality in freight transport.

The European Union has recommended the enhancement of maritime transport through Short Sea Shipping (SSS) compared to other transport modes such as the road one, due to the congestion of European motorways and the high level of pollution that produces.


Degree title:

Private Master's Degree in Shipping Business and Maritime Law at Comillas Pontifical University

Who is the program intended for?

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

Students who complete this course will be trained to carry out optimal management in companies related to maritime transport (shipowners, lawyers and legal advisers, agents, freight forwarders, maritime insurance, export companies, shipyards, brokers, etc.).

Application period:

From 1 November, 2021 to 14 October, 2022.

Information about the documentation to submit.


Monday to Thursday from 17:30 to 21:30 hours


500 hours. One academic year from 17 October, 2022 to 5 July, 2023.

Classes begin:

October 17, 2022


14,650 euros.

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

Admission process:

Once the documents have been presented to the General Secretariat of the University, we will contact the student for the entrance examinations. These tests consist of an English test, a competence test and a personal interview. The English test may be validated with a B2 degree or equivalent.


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


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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.

End of Course Project

After completing the teaching part of the course, students must hand in an end of course project within a period of 6 months.

After successful completion of the project, students will be awarded the Master's Degree in Shipping Business and Maritime Law from the Comillas Pontifical University.

Internships with maritime companies

During the course,students will undertake internships with companies in the maritime sector as a first point of contact with the maritime labor market and an excellent start to their professional future. The IME has a number of collaboration agreements in place with companies in all fields of the maritime sector.

Networking, study trips and visits

Throughout the course, technical sessions of interest are held in Madrid and London, having in this manner a practical vision of the different companies of the sector. In London, students will have the opportunity to meet the main companies, both legal and business, in the Shipping industry.

Students will also have the opportunity to take the Short Sea Shipping course, aboard a ship, in which multimodal transport and the motorways of the sea in Europe are studied, with the advantages and the cost savings that they suppose within the supply chain.

Student support

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 methods

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

The Master's Degree will be awarded to all students with a minimum attendance of 85% who pass the tests taken during the course and the End of Course Project.



  • Concepts and sources of maritime law
  • Sea Law applied to navigation
  • Administrative organization for navigation
  • Port law: administration, services and tariffs
  • Administrative infractions and sanctions
  • Sanctions in marine pollution
  • Notions of fishing law
  • Basic shipping English law


  • IMO Conventions and EU Directives
  • Vessel safety: SOLAS, SFV and IMO Code
  • Pollution prevention: MARPOL, OPRC, BWM and AFS
  • European legislation on maritime safety and pollution
  • Navigation Safety in Maritime Traffic Regulation
  • International code of Safety (ISM)
  • Inspection and certification of vessels. Maritime incidents investigation
  • Port State Control
  • Maritime Security: ports and ships
  • Piracy protection: private security on board


  • Owner, operator, disponent owner
  • Ship managers
  • Master, officers and crew, public regulations
  • STCW requirements: training, nationality, crew and functions
  • Seafaring agreements
  • Organization assisting ships ashore: agents, broker, etc
  • Liability of classification societies


  • Concept, nature and ways of acquisition
  • Registration and flagging of vessel
  • Ship public registration
  • Shipbuilding contract
  • Sale & purchase contract
  • Priviledge maritime credits
  • Maritime mortgages


  • Introduction, classification and sources
  • Bare boat contract
  • Leasing contract
  • Time charter contract
  • Voyage contract
  • Passenger transport contract
  • Towage contract
  • Multi-modal transport contract
  • Rotterdam rules
  • Pilotage contract
  • Loading and unloading contract


  • Introduction, classification and sources
  • Rules for the prevention of collision
  • Uniform system of buoys and beacons
  • SAR,OPCR ans VTS organization in Spain
  • Marine salvage
  • General average
  • Collision at sea
  • Liability global limitation
  • Civil liability for oil pollution damages at sea: CLC, Fund, Bunkers, HNS Conventions
  • Shipwreck: property, extractions and removals
  • Civil liability for damages due to hazardous and noxious substances at sea


  • Introduction to maritime insurance
  • Marines insurance contract; concepts, elements and basic principles
  • Rights and obligations in the insurance contract
  • Hull & machinery insurance
  • Risks covered in goods transport by sea insurance
  • Special coverages
  • P&I Clubs
  • Stowaway


  • International legal competency
  • Arrest of ships
  • Voluntary jurisdiction
  • Arbitration, conciliation, mediation, adr and other procedures





  • Ship knowledge
  • Types of ships
  • Off-shore: oil, gas renewable energies
  • Ship documents
  • Shibuilding process
  • Clasification 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
  • 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 pricipals and rules: PGC
  • International accounting
  • Introduction to financial mathematics
  • Ship financing
  • 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 loyalty
  • Industrial marketing
  • Consumer marketing
  • Services marketing
  • Mixed marketing
  • Commercial strategy: sales force
  • Marketing plan


  • Business ethics

Remigio Abad Sánchez – Endesa

Manuel Alba Fernández – Universidad Carlos III

Eduardo Albors Méndez – Albors Galiano Portales

Eva Ali Varoucha – Albatros Marítimo

Duncan Allum – Willis Torres Watson

Soledad Álvarez Arroyo – Chartering Expert

Alfonso Aramburu Delgado – Empresa Naviera Elcano

Javier Arias-Camisón Buendía – Malcom Law

Carlos Artero Salvador – ICEX

Maider Arrieta – Albors Galiano Portales

Antonio Jesús Ávila Jordán – Cepsa

Juan Carlos Bañón Morón – Samskip

Jesús Barbadillo Eyzaguirre – Garrigues Abogados y Asesores Tributarios

Fernando Barrio Fuente – RSA

Carlos Bretos Valdepeñas – Mº de Fomento, DGMM

Juan Manuel Caballero Patón – Trasmediterránea

Alfredo Cabellos Ballenilla – Watson Farley & Williams Spain

Vicente Capell Navarro – Knutsen España

Alberto Camarero Orive – Escuela de Caminos UPM

Manuel Carlier de Lavalle – ANAVE

Carmen Caro Morillas – Catenon Group

José Manuel Castillo Moreno – Mapfre Global Risk

Carlos Castro López – Forest Partners

Carmen Codes Cid – Goñi & Co. Abogados

José Mª Chávarri Vargas – Repsol Trading

Alfredo de la Torre Prados – Ingeteam Power Technology

Silvia Domínguez Pinto – BDO Auditores

Marcos Duato Mollera – Grupo Suardiaz

Iñaki Echeverría Olivares – Höegh Autoliners

Francisco Fernández Bozano – MANGO

Ramón Ferreiro Rodríguez – Aon

Julio Fuentes Gómez – Dirección General de Marina Mercante. Ministerio de Fomento

Javier Garat Pérez – Confederación Española de Pesca

Juan Ramón García Notario – García Notario y Gil de las Heras

Carlos Gil de las Heras – García Notario y Gil de las Heras

Luis Guerrero Gómez – DBureau Veritas España y Portugal

Pablo Guevara Martínez – Merchant Captain

Javier Hernández Valenciano – Clyde & Co.

Rafael Hernández Blanco – Adumasa Logistic

Juan López-Dóriga- Bergé Shipping

Carlos López-Quiroga Tejeiro – Uría Menéndez

Julio López Quiroga – Avante Legal

Carlos López Rueda – Universidad Carlos III

Carlos Llorente Gómez de Segura – Lener Abogados

Joaquín Maceiras Saborido – SASEMAR

Ramón Madrigal Araujo – Grupo Balearia

Francisco de Manuel López – Repsol Exploración

Sebastián Mata y Galán – Iberseguros

Víctor Mata Garrido – Thomas Cooper

José Mazarrasa Loring – MSC

Alberto Menéndez Sanz – Bergé y Cía.

Andrés Molina Martín – Phd Naval Engineer

Francisco Joaquín Montero Llacer – Ship Master. Phd in Marine Sciences

José Luis Montes Giménez – Qazur

Javier Moret Sánchez – RWE Supply & Trading

Manuel Moreu Munaiz – Seaplace

Manuel Nofuentes Caballero – Grupo Villar Mir

Javier Otegui Apraiz – Ship Master

Alfredo Pardo de Santayana – Instituto Marítimo Español

Carlos Pardo de Santayana – Arco Fusiones y Adquisiciones

José Poblet – COTENAVAL

Javier Portales Rodríguez – Albors Galiano Portales

Valentín Revuelta Allende – Pérez y Cía.

Cristina del Río Díaz de Espada – RSA

Manuel del Río Fernández – FEM Shipbrokers

Bernardo Ruiz Lima – Thomas Cooper

Fernando Ruiz-Gálvez Portanet – Ruiz Gálvez Abogados

Felix Ruiz-Gálvez Villaverde – Ruiz Gálvez Abogados

Fernando Ruiz-Gálvez Villaverde – Ruiz Gálvez Abogados

Diego Ruiz-Morales Eraso – Empresa Naviera Elcano

Carlos Sanlorenzo – ANEN

Daniel Santos Orden – Altum Ingeniería y Servicios

Carmen Sarandeses Fernández-Santa Eulalia – Ribé Salat Broker

Elena Seco García-Valdecasas – ANAVE

Francisco Soriano Sanz – Ship Master

Yago Suárez-Llanos – Naviera Sicar

Julio Trenas Fernández – Naval Architect

Alfonso Turégano Fuentes – Repsol Trading

Jorge Uría García – Vetting CEPSA

Ángel Vallejo Chamorro – Maio Abogados

Carlos Vázquez García-Machichena – Michael Else & Co.

Roberto Veguillas Pérez – Iberdrola

Esther Zarza Álvarez – Asesores Marítimos Reunidos

Shipping industry increasingly demands highly qualified professionals to face the challenges of maritime companies, with higher levels of exigency. For this reason, we train professionals that adapt to the profiles demanded by companies in the sector.

The course offers students the possibility of internships in companies, throughout the course and at the end, with a duration of 3 to 6 months. The students conduct interviews in the companies where they will develop the practices and thus know if the profile and learning needs of the student are appropriate to the company.

We also offer students our "Job Channel" specific to the shipping business, so that students can integrate into the market and alumni can also improve their professional development.


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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