Course description

Port Management


The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of various port management aspects as well as transportation modes used in international transports, with an emphasis on multimodal transport operations. It provides a further framework around shipping management, and helps to relate sea transportation in relation to other transport modes. An important aspect is also the understanding of the port as a multimodal link in the supply chains

Course content

  • Transportation and transportation industry – overview
  • Demand for freight transportation
  • Road transportation
  • Railway transportation
  • Pipelines
  • Short sea transportation
  • Deep sea transportation
  • Cost structures for alternative transportation mode
  • Cost structures for intermodal transfers
  • Intermodal Transport Operations
  • Ports
  • Port operations and cost
  • Future developments
  • Port operations planning

Learning outcome knowledge

Acquired Knowledge:

After completed course students shall have learned:

  • The concept of port management and multimodal transportation
  • The benefits and costs related to various transportation modes
  • The impact on supply chain efficiency of alternative transport choices
  • The roles of port users and service providers
  • About port operations, governance and performance


Exam organisation

  • Written exam: 100%