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:

The Planet, People and Trade
  • World Geography
  • Climate
  • Why Countries Trade
  • The Scale & Value of International Trade
  • International Trade by sea
  • The Demand for Shipping
  • Types of Cargo
The Growth of International Trade & Shipping
  • The Growth of Seaborne Trade
  • The Growth of the Merchant Shipping Fleet
  • The Development of Modern Ships
  • The Major Trade Routes
  • Canals and Waterways
Types of Ships
  • Bulk Carriers General Purpose Ships Container Ships Reefers Ro-Ro Ships Tankers
  • Liner Services vs Tramp Shipping
  • Transporting People
  • Containers and Containerised Cargoes
  • The Design of a Ship
  • The Life Cycle of a Ship
The Role of Ports
  • The Location of ports
  • The World’s Largest Ports
  • Port Infrastructure
  • Cargo Operations
  • Organisation of a Port
  • Port Ownership
  • Role of the Ship Agent
  • Turnaround Times in Ports
  • Port Congestion
The Voyage
  • The Cargo Owner
  • The Shipbroker
  • Shipowners and Ship Operators
  • The Charterer
  • Preparing the Ship for Cargo
  • The Loading Port
  • Loading the Ship
  • Before Departure
  • After Departure
  • The Sea Passage
  • The Discharge Port
  • The Redelivery of the Ship/Off-hire
The Charter Markets & Shipbroking
  • The Markets
  • Shipbroking
  • Types of Charter
  • The Mechanics of Fixing a Ship
  • The Shipbrokers’ Responsibility
  • After the Fixture
  • The Shipbrokers’ Commission
  • Specialist Brokers
  • Sale and Purchase Brokers
Key Documents in Shipping
  • Definition of a Contract
  • Bill of Lading
  • Charter Parties
  • Cargo/Ship Offers
  • Other Documents
The Development of Ships, Shipping Cycles & Maths
  • Revolutions in Shipping
  • Shipping Cycles
  • External Influences in Shipping
  • Laytime, Demurrage and Despatch Calculations
  • Voyage Estimates
South Africa Focus
  • Introduction
  • South African Cargoes
  • Our Ports
  • Key Players Within the South African Shipping Industry

Contact us


Suite 302 3rd Floor Cowey Park, 91 Problem Mkhize (Cowey),  Road Berea


PO Box 37798 Overport 4067 South Africa




031 207 2022


086 539 4761

Durban Office Staff

Sanisha Balmeek - Administration Officer

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