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Diploma in Port Management

Study the leading port management distance education course - setting the standards for port managers

Starts 13 March 2018

Delivered by tutored distance learning

During the course you will study the following modules:


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Introduction to International Trade and Logistics

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the role of shipping and ports in  the global logistics supply chain
  • Explore commodities transported, ship  types and changes in trade routes due to  globalisation
  • Explain the role of ports in maritime logistics and modal shift
  • Review the role of the warehouse in a supply chain
  • Assess the application of benchmarks in logistics


  • Introduction to the global supply chain and logistics
  • History of trade development and modern trade flows
    • Market cycles
    • The changing world
    • Cargo and trade routes
  • Commodities transported and vessel types
  • Globalisation, maritime transport supply and demand
  • Role of ports and terminals in global logistics chains
  • Historic development of ports and terminals
  • Ports and their hinterlands
  • Port connections
    • Export, transhipment, import and gateway
    • Hub/spoke
    • Marine, road, rail, river, air connections
    • Distribution hubs
    • Freight corridors
  • Hinterland connections
  • Port Centric Logistics and warehousing
  • Current trends in port logistics


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Introduction to Port Management

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the varied roles and responsibilities of port managers
  • Discuss the characteristics of different port and terminal types
  • Explain the different port administration models and their relevance in various circumstances
  • Contrast the different roles between port authority and terminal operators
  • Analyse differing port stakeholders‘ interests
  • Introduction to ports and port development
  • Owners and landlords vs. operators
  • Types of ports
  • Operating models
  • Ports vs. terminals
  • Vessels, cargoes and terminal types
  • Varying interests in the port vs. terminal business and the customers
  • Management structures, ports personnel, roles and functions
  • Key stakeholders in ports
  • Government agencies
  • Port users and their agents
  • Local community
  • Port and terminal operations
  • Port ownership and administration
  • Port and cargo movement
  • Competition and other challenges facing the industry


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Regulatory, Legal Issues and Insurance for Ports

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the legal basis for the establishment of ports
  • Explain the powers vested in a port authority by statute
  • Appreciate the wider remit of a port authority in a nation’s trade including customs, immigration and border control
  • Discuss the regulation of ports
  • Understand the need, principles and structure of insurance requirements for ports


  • Background to law
  • Port setting-up statutes/authorisations
  • Rights and obligations of port authorities
  • Privatisation models - public private partnerships (PPP) and the private finance initiative (PFI)
  • Regulatory models
  • Customs and tariffs controls
  • Port health and border management
  • Legal issues in port development and real estate management
  • Grant funding
  • Government regulatory and competition frameworks
  • Corporate relationships with companies operating in ports
  • Employment and human resource issues
  • Legal ethics
  • Port insurance and risk management strategies


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Managing Marine Operations and Conservancy

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the role and responsibilities of the harbour master within the port management
  • Explain of the role and responsibilities of providing a safe and effective pilotage service
  • Understand the needs and limitations of providing safe access and navigation aids
  • Evaluate the importance of marine safety in the context of environmental management


  • Management responsibility for maritime safety
  • Applying national and international rules and regulations
  • Dangerous cargoes and the IMDG Code
  • Supporting services
    • Hydrography and bathymetric data
    • Navigation aids
    • Pilotage
    • Vessel Traffic Services (VTS)
    • Towage
    • Marine services – salvage and counter pollution
    • Emergency services
  • The role of the harbour master
    • Providing safe navigation and berthing
    • Management of VTS systems, pilotage services and leisure use in the port
    • Preparing emergency contingency plans
  • Working with the maritime port community
  • Maintaining access to the port


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Port Marketing and Business Development

Learning Outcomes:

  • Appraise competition and competitive dynamics in the ports industry
  • Discuss marketing as a function of port management
  • Apply marketing concepts from market research to promotional methods and public
  • Explore business development and selling, negotiating and closing contracts
  • Evaluate business performance management
  • Competition
    • The competitive landscape
    • Identifying and understanding customers and competitors
    • Understanding yours and your competitors’ strengths and weaknesses
    • Gaining competitive advantage
  • Marketing
    • The role of marketing and marketing concepts
    • Market and marketing strategy
    • Promotional plans
  • Marketing research
    • Customer focus and effective marketing
    • Selecting the marketing medium
    • Public relations
  • Business development
    • Identifying niches and unique selling points (USPs)
    • Buyer influences
    • Negotiating and closing contracts
  • Customer focus
    • Establishing customer’s requirements
    • Working with customers to improve your service
  • Port business performance management
    • Measuring port productivity
    • Benchmarking
  • Quality assurance


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Port Project Management: Principles and Techniques

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the principles of project management
  • Explain the difference between a project and normal operating activities
  • Understand why good quality port project management is important
  • Feasibility studies - design, investigations and construction
  • Contract strategy
  • Project and planning principles
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Leadership
  • Managing the team
  • Risk management
  • Scheduling
  • Appointment of contractors
  • Reviewing quality
  • Monitoring and control
  • Managing project change
  • Closure and review


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Economics of Port Operations, Port Pricing and Port Financing

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyse the port economics landscape
  • Review port cost structure, income and pricing tariffs
  • Review financial management practices for port managers
  • Appreciate the financial implications of operational decisions
  • Discuss port development financing
  • Principles of port economics
    • Cost vs. earnings vs. return/profit
    • Pricing models and income modelling
    • Economics of port and terminal operations
    • Derived income, terminals, port charges and tariffs
    • Industry financial structure - cost, revenue and profitability
  • Financial concepts
    • Financial statements
    • Budgeting, revenue and cost analysis
    • Financial analysis and measurement
    • Depreciation
  • Cost reduction programmes
  • Funding development
  • Risk management
  • Port investment
    • Investment decisions and development appraisal
    • Capital financing options for infrastructure development
    • Capital investment performance measurement and ROI
    • Risk management
    • Case studies


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Health, Safety, Security and the Environment (HSSE) in Ports

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the importance of an HSSE culture in the port sector
  • Understand HSSE management concepts
  • Act as a leader for HSSE best practice in port management


  • Importance of HSSE
  • Promoting a HSSE friendly work place
  • Occupational health and safety management
    • Legislation, policy, roles and leadership
    • Safety culture
    • Accident investigation, reporting and response
  • Emergency planning
    • Response plans and training
  • Security of vessels
  • Security of cargo and passengers
    • ISPS Code
    • Safety inspections and audits
    • Homeland security
  • Role of security bodies
  • Environmental concerns
    • Marine, land, air, noise and visual issues
    • Impacts assessments
    • Legislation and regulations
    • Environmental assessment, monitoring and management systems
    • Climate change
    • International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG)
    • Code and dangerous cargo handling
    • Waste management
    • Case studies


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Port Labour and People Management

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the historic and current port labour environment
  • Discuss the effective management of staff in ports
  • History of port and dock labour
  • Labour reform and social issues
    • National labour issues
    • The International Labour Organization (ILO) and ports
  • Employment framework and employee relations
  • Management of staff in ports
    • Leadership styles
    • Leadership vs. management
    • Decision making
    • Motivating and leading
  • Performance management and appraisals
  • Training and development
  • Managing conflict
  • Customer focus


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Case Study: Current Issues in Port Management

Learning Outcomes:

  • Integrate learning from across the course to a topical case study situation
  • Produce a detailed and well-structured written business report

The case study employs learning from throughout the programme to topical and relevant industry issues that impacts on management decisions in ports.

An excellent opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge on Port Management

Kannoly Manohar,