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Diploma in Maritime Logistics

Analyze maritime logistics, as well as how digitalization influences the maritime industry, in this free online course.

Supply Chain Management
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Learn about the differences between intermodal and multimodal transportation, as well as the fundamental shipping markets, in this free course on maritime logistics. You will study the different aspects of shipping operations in logistics, as well as some chartering agreements. The course also covers Incoterms (International Commercial Terms), a set of internationally recognized rules that define the responsibilities of sellers and buyers.
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    10-15 Hours
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Maritime Logistics is a free online diploma course that begins by introducing you to world trade patterns, as well as how these patterns affect global trading. It also introduces you to the differences between intermodal and multimodal transportation, as well as the fundamental shipping markets. The basic concept of a ‘supply chain’, as well as supply chain management principles and factors that influence supply chain operations, will also be covered by the material.

This course then explains why ships are important in transportation, as well as the basics of a general cargo vessel. You will learn about the different aspects of ship operations in carrying maritime logistical processes, as well as chartering agreements. Master the characteristics of break bulk cargo, as well as how to develop a proper stowage plan and the types of shipping terms regulated by Incoterms.

Furthermore, this course will help you get familiar with the loading and discharging operations in shipping, as well as the information exchanged in the pre-arrival checklist. You will learn about how digitalization influences maritime logistics, as well as how different technologies are applicable to modern supply chain management.

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World Trade Patterns

International Trade and Multi-Modal Transportation

Risks involved in the Export of Goods

Supply Chain

Intermodal and Multimodal Transportation

Ship Types

Ship Operation

Layers of Logistics and Value-Added Services

Ports and Terminals

Diploma in Maritime Logistics - First Assessment

Logistics of Breakbulk Cargo

Petroleum Logistics

Loading and Discharging Operations

Container Shipping and Systems

Liner Operations


Information Management

Digitalization in Maritime Logistics

Maritime Security

Diploma in Maritime Logistics - Second Assessment

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the differences between intermodal and multimodal transportation
  • Identify the roles and functions of the International Commercial Terms (Incoterms)
  • Analyze some supply chain management principles
  • Discuss the different chartering agreements
  • Discuss the maritime chain of transportation
  • Outline the characteristics of break bulk cargo
  • Explain the importance of the supply chain in the oil industry
  • Explain container systems as an essential part of maritime logistics
  • Discuss the importance of cargo documentation
  • Analyze the application of ICT (information communication) in supply chain management.
  • Explain how digitalization influences maritime logistics
  • Outline the threats to the maritime transportation industry


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