Port and Terminal Management


In today’s world port and terminal managers are faced with increasingly complex responsibilities. In order to meet this challenge they must be continually sharpening their management skills. This programme will focus on the management skills necessary for success in today’s fast changing business environment


To enhance participants' knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to effectively manage ports and terminals


By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the role of ports in international trade and transport.

  • Be familiar with different types of ports and access to ports.

  • Understand the basic characteristics of the main five commodities, namely coal, ore, grain, fertilizers and oil.

  • Understand how the activities are organized to interface with one another and typical port organizational structure.

  • Understand the importance of ports being managed as commercial enterprises regardless of their ownership.

  • Be familiar with the importance of security and safety management.

  • Be familiar with the role of statutory bodies.

  • Understand the nature of port competition and the need for market information including trade growth, vessel development, commercial needs and financial viability.

  • Understand the nature and types of port charges, cost and other factors in pricing.


  • Ports and their Functions
  • The Role of Ports in International Trade and Transport
  • How Ports can Benefit or Detract from the Economic Development of Countries and their Sea-Borne Trade.
  • Globalization and Port Choice
  • How Changes in Logistics and Distribution Patterns Influence the Development or Decline of Ports.
  • Location of Major World Ports in Liner, Dry Bulk and Liquid Trades.
  • Different Types of Ports and Access to Ports.
  • The Role of National, Regional and Local Government In Port Provision.
  • Forms of the Ownership Structure of Ports and of Port Services.
  • Free Port/Free Trade Zones as an Economic Tool.
  • Ships and Cargoes
  • Differences between Dry Bulk Cargo Ships, General-Purpose Ships, Liners and Tankers, including Ore/Oil and Ore/Bulk/Oil Carriers.
  • Tankers Sub-Divide into Several Categories Especially Carriers for Crude Oil, Petroleum Products, Chemicals, Liquid Gases and Vegetable Oils.
  • How Particular Ship Types are Required for the Different Cargoes and Trade Routes.
  • Basic Characteristics of the Main Five Commodities, Namely Coal, ore, Grain, Fertilizers and Oil.
  • Hazards Associated with the Transport of Certain Commodities.
  • Port Management
  • Port Business.
  • How Ports Structure the Delivery of Services and the Relationship Between Infrastructure, Conservancy, Navigation and Handling Facilities.
  • Ports as Commercial Enterprises.
  • Port Performance Measurement.
  • Port Quality Management Systems and Benchmarking.
  • Marine Operations: Conservancy, Dredging, Navigation Aids, Navigation Control etc.
  • Management of Cargo Operations on Board and Ashore.
  • Port Security and Safety Management.
  • The Role of Statutory Bodies: Customs, Immigration, Port Health, Marine Safety etc.
  • The Needs of Port Users.
  • Legal Aspects of Port Management
  • Port Planning
  • Port Finance
  • Port Equipment
  • Port Ownership
  • Port Competition and Marketing
  • Port Pricing