Understanding Shipping

Understanding Shipping

The course is based on nine correspondence lessons, with a personal tutor assigned to each student. After each lesson the student is required to submit a test paper comprising of a number of multiple choice question as well as a short written paper of about 150 words.

At the end of the course students will be invited to attend a brief interview – should they be successful they will be awarded the Understanding Shipping certificate.

The Lessons:

  • Reasons for Sea Transport, Shipping and trades;
  • Types of ships;
  • Maritime Geography;
  • Communication.
  • The Company, principals, intermediaries;
  • The Practitioners – their role, their responsibilities and their income;
  • Organisations.
  • The bill of lading’s three functions;
  • Release and delivery of cargo;
  • Different types of B/L.
  • Definition of an agent’s authority;
  • Port Services and the providers, cargo working, husbandry, after departure, local requirements.
  • Charter parties, other documents;
  • Basic laytime concepts.
  • The agency agreement;
  • Space allocation, sales & marketing, dealing with cargo bookings, special cargo, documentation and consortia.
  • The chartering markets, types of charter, how a deal is made, authority and responsibility, after the fixture;
  • Brokerage, specialist brokers.
  • The location, origin and facilities of ports with particular reference to South Africa;
  • The principal exports and imports of the Southern African region.
  • Integral department or independent managers.;
  • Organisation structure. Specialist crew controlling.