Ship Management & Logistics

Maritime transport is driving change and facilitating trade expansion. It is also the essential ingredient in the fast expanding logistics arena. Increased trade brings wealth, creates employment, brings cultures together, raises living standards and aids political stability and understanding. In the light of the foregoing, one cannot stress too strongly the need to have an effective ship management and logistics focus.

Course content (15 Lessons)

Lesson Topics

  • Introduction – Structure of the shipping environment today – Fundamentals of ship management – Forming an effective management policy – Impact of E-commerce – Diversity of ship types and fleet profile
  • Maritime Marketing – How to develop the service – Effective marketing and sales – Fleet operation and management
  • Operational Aspects – Ship Manning – Operating schedules – maximising ship utilisation – Responsibilities of seagoing staff – Bills of Lading and Letters of Indemnity – Sample voyage orders
  • Marketing Aspects – Consumer driven demand – Marketing analysis – Freight rates and revenue generation – Promotion of shipping services – Service development – Product life-cycles – Types of shipping containers
  • Technical Aspects – Driving forces behind technological developments – Newbuilding versus second-hand purchase – Survey programmes – Shipyard selection criteria – Ship registration – Dual registration
  •  Financial Aspects – Voyage cost analysis – Typical cost structure for a number of ship types – Ship investment criteria – Financing vessel acquisition – Budgetary control – Charter party revenue generation – Financial considerations of new versus second-hand tonnage – Sale & Purchase
  • International Agencies – Characteristics of an international agency – Bimco – IMO – Uncitral – Unctad – IACS – WTO – Leading exporters and importers of World Trade
  • Shipboard Management – Impact of the ISM Code – Safety Management Certificates (SMC) – Document of Compliance – ISMA and the Certificate of Compliance – Salient aspects of STCW Convention – Third party ship management – Outsourcing drivers – Shore organisation
  • Operational Planning – Mergers, acquisitions and operating alliances – Planning objectives – Problems of trade imbalances
  • Overview of Logistics – Responsibilities of the logistics operator – Multi-modal challenges and opportunities – Consolidation
  • Supply Chain Management (SCM)– The value chain – Gaining competitive advantage – The supplier pyramid – SCM measurements – Freight forwarding logistics – Tracking of consignments – IT systems for multi-modal freight management – Warehouse management – Globalisation of trade and E-commerce

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