In-Company Short Training Courses in Freight Management.

Course Title: International Shipping.

The course is designed to:

Provide a practical knowledge of the activities and responsibilities related to the management and operation of vessels working in an international environment and engaged in trade. Knowledge will be supported by an in-depth review of the regulatory framework within which maritime trade operates. Case studies will look at the challenges and risks associated with today’s competitive international shipping sector.

Course aims:

To provide the student with an understanding of the organisational and regulatory responsibilities associated with the management and operation of ships in an international environment. To look at the practical implications for ship owners and operators including the financial structures and ‘Flag’ regimes under which ships operate. Especial consideration will be given the health and safety of the people working within this vital sector.

Learning outcomes – At the end of the module students will be expected to be able to:

  • Understand the various ship types and relevant characteristics.
  • Evaluate the functions of the various shipping organisations:
    • The role of the ‘Flag’ under which ships operate.
    • The financial structure of the industry.
    • International regulations and conventions.
  • Containerisation.
  • Bulk Shipping.
  • Critically analyse safety and commercial concerns associated with the operation of ships.
  • Appraise the impact of the relevant maritime policies on the operation and management of international shipping.

Indicative Content:

The ship as a transport vehicle:

  • Ship types.
  • Structures and characteristics and relevant regulations:
    • The role of containerisation.
    • Multi-modal operations.
    • Bulk shipping.
  • Ocean and inter-continental shipping vs. costal and short-sea operations.
  • The interface between ship and port.

Shipping management:

    • Economic and organisational theories.
    • Competition and competitiveness in shipping organisations, (strategic alliances: conferences, joint ventures and pools).
    • The impact of changing global trade flows on operators, shippers and ports.
    • Ship management and economies of scale.
    • Ship finance.
    • The role of the NVOCC (Non-Vessel Owning Common Carrier).
    • Contracts of carriage:
      • Charter.
      • Bills of lading.
    • Marine insurance.

Port state and flag state control (Inc ism code).International legal framework in relation to:

  • Marine pollution,
  • Maritime safety and security:
    • MARPOL.
    • CLC.
    • Fund regime.
  • Bunker’s convention.
  • NHS convention,
  • SOLAS.
  • ISPS code.
  • Piracy & Risk.

Further reading:

The course will identify and cover in full detailed learning outcomes required for assessment purposes. However, if you wish to read further in order to supplement your learning and cement your understanding of the course, content, aims, and purposes, we recommend the following book(s):

Reeds 21st Century Ship Management- John W. Dickie.