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 and intermodal transport operations. It provides a broader framework around shipping management, and helps to relate sea transportation 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


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