October 30 - The start of Lloyd's Maritime Academy (LMA) distance learning course for the heavy lift and project forwarding sector is one month away.

The professional development organiser says the course gives students the opportunity to study the key principles involved in heavy lift operations and receive a LMA Professional Development Certificate on successful completion.

Hubert Schaafsma, course director, from Blue Sea Marketing, said: "The course is for people who are working in the maritime industry and need to obtain basic knowledge and understanding of the heavy lift and project cargo sea transport industry."

LMA's Certificate in Heavy Lift is a new addition to its portfolio and comprises seven modules:

Module One - Introduction to the heavy lift sector

Module Two - Heavy lift fundamentals

Module Three - Heavy lift operations

Module Four - Using heavy lift equipment

Module Five - Cranes

Module Six - Health and safety

Module Seven - Project management

The distance learning course covers the breadth of how heavy lift operations work, from the science behind heavy lifting to the chartering of exceptional transport and the health and safety risks involved.

Schaafsma says that students will understand the vital role that heavy lift and project cargo activities play in marine and offshore logistics, and how these affect the industry.

The next course starts on November 28, 2017, and is run over 14 weeks on a part-time basis. It is delivered online with support from leading
 industry experts.