Curriculum Structure


MT1002 Introduction to Maritime Industry

(Phased out in AY2019/20 and onwards)

[Lecture: 26 hr ; Tutorial: 0 hr ; Lab: 0 hr ; Pre-requisite: Nil ; Academic Unit: 2.0 ]

​Learning Objective :

This course provides an overview of the complex world of the ‘Maritime Industry’ and importance of the shipping industry in the global economy.

Course Content :

Facts and figures highlighting the importance of shipping to the world of trade; Brief introduction to types of ships Geographical origins and destination of major cargo; Maritime Perils, Meteorology; Role of Broker, Charterers, Shipper, Carrier, Consignee, Distributor, Retailer and end-user; Contracts of carriage, Charter parties, Shipping services; Port operations, Concepts of Maritime logistics; Basics of Shipping economics; Ship management, Quality control; Ship Operations; Ship board operations, Seaworthiness; Maritime Legal Infrastructure, Jurisdiction; Maritime Safety and Security, Marine pollution, Maritime Environmental issues.

Course Outline :




Overview of multi-modal transport; The physical passage of the goods i.e. raw materials, manufactured goods (factories), warehouse, load-port, on-board, discharge-port, warehouse, customer


Facts and figures highlighting the importance of shipping to the world of trade; Description of common maritime cargo e.g. Bulk, Liquid in bulk, Gas, Chemical, General Cargo, Container, Heavy lift, Ro-Ro, Cattle


Brief introduction to types of ships and methods of carrying cargo (Stowage and Securing); Load lines


Geographical origins and destinations of major cargo; canals, lakes, rivers and coastal trade


Shipping economics, i.e. freight markets, market cycles, freight rates, supply and demand


The journey of the cargo i.e. booking of cargo, role of Broker, Charterer, Shipper, Carrier, Consignee, Distributor, Retailer and End-user; Contracts of carriage, Charter parties, Bill of lading, Incoterms, BIMCO


Ship-management; Owner, Master and Crew; Third party suppliers; Quality in shipping, QMS, ISO, ISM and SOPEP


Ship Operations, Bunkers, Stores, Manning, Dry-docking, Scheduling


Maritime Perils, Meteorology, Currents & Tides, Navigation and Marine Engineering


Infrastructure, Modernization, Integration of ports in SCM, Major ports, Port operations


Maritime logistics – concept, requirements, advantages


Legal Infrastructure, Common yet unique maritime terms (Liens, tort, salvage, towage, GA etc.); Jurisdiction; UNCLOS; IMO framework & conventions, STCW, PSC, FOC


Maritime Safety and Security, i.e. Piracy, ISPS, Contingency plans, DPA, ISM, SOLAS, MARPOL, Classification society and Surveys


Marine pollution, prevention and ‘Limitation of Liabilities’; Some historical cases

Learning Outcome :

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • have an appreciation of the maritime industry
  • know the key players and their relationships in the industry
  • know the difficulties of managing such a diverse industry
  • understand the international and mobile aspect of the industry
  • be abreast with modern developments and its effect on the industry.

Textbooks :

No specific text is required since the course covers a diverse range of topics

References :

  1. Branch, Alan E. (2007) Elements of shipping (8th ed.), Routledge, London.