"At the Sharp End" is a practical short course on merchant ships and their operations and has been running successfully for over 30 years in Liverpool. A similar course is also available in Hong Kong.
The course is a two-day, CPD accredited, UK practical marine familiarisation course run in conjunction with the Lairdside Maritime Centre of Liverpool's John Moores University. Through visits, discussions and lectures with experienced surveyors, the course provides an insight into aspects of ships and their operations that are otherwise only experienced through the medium of photographs, the written word and occaisional holiday journeys as a fee-paying passenger.
"At the Sharp End" is aimed at professionals who do not have a marine background or education and whose work involves the problems generated by merchant ships and their operations (e.g. Insurance professionals, lawyers and shipbrokers). Course participants are encouraged to ask any questions they may have, no matter how basic or complex.
What happens during the course?
Arriving on a Monday evening and leaving on the following Wednesday evening, you will be accommodated for two nights in one of Liverpool's excellent hotels. The course fee is inclusive of hotel accommodation, meals and travel on course activities.
Participants will have the opportunity to see at first hand a variety of ship types together with locks, docks and port infrastructure. Protective safety wear is provided but participants should bring suitable outdoor clothing for the ship and dock visits.