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MT1002 Introduction to Maritime Industry

[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 :

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Topic

1

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

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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

6

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

7

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

8

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

9

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

10

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

11

Maritime logistics – concept, requirements, advantages

12

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

13

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

14

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.