• Certificate in Shipping Operations and Practices (Level 4)

Maritime Transport Operations

Main aims of the Unit

The main aim of this unit is to provide learners with a clear understanding of the shipping environments and different modes of operation and organisation. Learners will also appreciate the requirements of different type of cargoes and will be in a position to explain the key services provided by ports worldwide.

Learning Outcomes for the Unit

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Explain the requirements of different type of cargoes.
  • Describe the services of different type of ports
  • Explain the purpose of flags of convenience.
  • Identify types of vessels and their role in international shipping
  • Prepare voyage estimates
  • Understand the principles of chartering
  • Identify international canals and their impact on world trade
  • Comment on the principle of freight rate structure and influencing factors

Learning and teaching methods/strategies used to enable the achievement of learning outcomes:

Learning takes place on a number of levels through lectures, class discussion including problem review and analysis. Formal lectures provide a foundation of information on which the student builds through directed learning and self managed learning outside of the class. The students are actively encouraged to form study groups to discuss course material which fosters a greater depth learning experience.

Entry Requirements

  • Three GCSE’s / GCE`O’ levels and one `A’ level or equivalent qualification, or,
  • An approved Foundation Certificate

Relevant experience is taken into consideration for students 21 years of age and over who have not completed any formal qualifications.

Main Topics of Study

  • Number and classification of ships
  • Tonnage
  • Passenger ships
  • Cargo ships
  • Container ships
  • Ro/Ro ships
  • Bulk carriers
  • Power measurement and fuel consumption
  • Typical duties of crew members
  • International seafarers
  • How crew sizes are regulated
  • Crew training
  • Pre-shipment planning
  • Stowage plan
  • Stowage and discharge
  • Bulk cargo
  • Deck cargo
  • Dangerous cargoes
  • Cost classification
  • Daily running costs
  • Freight rates
  • Administration costs
  • Supply of shipping
  • National merchant fleets
  • Maritime policy
  • Flags of convenience
  • Ship chartering options
  • Charters forms
  • Voyage estimating
  • Arbitration
  • Tanker market and tanker chartering
  • Typical shipping company organisation
  • Conferences, consortia and alliances
  • Logistics and international transport
  • Economies of safety
  • Salvage
  • Safety and environmental issues
  • Classification of ports
  • Types of port ownership
  • Port development
  • Port labour
  • Port charges
  • Ship canals

Indicative Reading for this Unit

Main Text

Reeds Sea Transport Operations and Economics P. Alderton (Adland Coles Nautical)

Alternative Text and further reading

International Maritime Transport H. Leggate (Routledge)
Shipping Business Unwrapped O. Dury (Routledge)

Guideline for Teaching and learning time
(10 hours per credit)

50 Hours - Lectures / Seminars / Tutorials / Workshops:

Tutorial support includes feedback on assignments and may vary by college according to local needs and wishes.

50 Hours - Directed learning:

Advance reading and preparation / Class preparation / Background reading / Group study / Portfolio / Diary etc

100 Hours - Self managed learning:

Working through the course text and completing assignments as required will take up the bulk of the learning time. In addition students are expected to engage with the tutor and other students and to undertake further reading using the web and/or libraries.

Assessment methods

Final Examination: 70%
Coursework: 30%