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NAUT8022 - Port Operations Management

Title:Port Operations Management
Long Title:Port Operations Management
Module Code:NAUT8022
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Nautical Science
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2020/21 ( September 2020 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Sinead Reen
Module Author: JANE O KEEFFE
Module Description: The module is designed to provide a thorough knowledge of Port Management and its functions and to identify the rationale of port business.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Appraise the role of ports in international trade and transport.
LO2 Appraise the classification of ships and cargoes and determine how particular ship types are required for the different cargoes and trade routes.
LO3 Determine the rationale of port business.
LO4 Analyse the legal aspects of port management
LO5 Analyse the factors underpinning port developemnt policy, having regard to national and local requirements.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Ports and their functions
The role of ports in international trade and transport and how ports can benefit or detract from the economic development of countries and their sea-borne trade.
Port Management
The rationale of port business. Port structure, the delivery of services and the relationship between infrastructure, conservancy, navigation and handling facilities.
Legal aspects of port management
The nature of port constitutions and the legal framework of ownership. Port laws, by-laws and national legislation. Laws relating to port security, operators liability, insurance and environmental management. Development, ownership of Free Ports and Free Zones.
Port equipment
Port buildings, transit sheds, warehouses, etc, Current and future requirements of cargo handling equipment and types to support vessel sizes. Procurement aspects, 'Total Cost of Ownership' and 'Lifecycle costing'.
Port planning
The factors underpinning port development policy, having regard to both national and local requirements. Demand planning and traffic forecasts, capacity planning of berth throughput and berth occupancy. Port layout and physical constraints, terminal planning and support operations. Environmental factors and regulatory constraints.
Ships and Cargoes
Categorisation and scale of dry bulk cargo ships, general-purpose ships, liners (container, break-bulk and Ro-Ro) and tankers, including Ore/Oil and Ore/Bulk/Oil carriers.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report A written report on the legal aspects of managing a port, to include: port laws and national legislation, cargo types;trade routes; port security; care of the environment. 2,000 words approx. 2,4 30.0 Week 8
Project A team based project on port operations and port development policies, reflecting global trends and best practices. Teams to present project findings to class. 1,3,4,5 70.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class based tuition 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Student study of course material and report writing 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class Lecture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Student study course material and assignment preparation 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Lecturer Supervised Learning (Non-contact) Guidance and on-line support 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Malcolm MacLachlan 2004, The Shipmasters Business Companion, 4th Edition Ed., The Nautical Institute London: UK [ISBN: 187077458]
  • Hodges & Hill 2001, The Principles of Maritime Law, 1st Edition Ed., LLP Professional Publishing, London. [ISBN: 1859784801]
  • Khalid Bichou Lloyds Shipping Guides 2013, Port Operations Planning and Logistics, 2nd Ed., Informa Law from Routledge Oxon, UK and New York USA [ISBN: 9781843118053]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Shipping Guides Ltd. The Port Information Specialists., Shipping Guides, Shipping Guides Ltd. Reigate Hill House, 28 Reigate Hill. Surry, UK
  • Burns, M. 2014, Port and Operations Management, 1st Ed., CRC Press Talyor & Francis Group London & New York [ISBN: 9781482206753]
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) 1993, Port Planning and Design, 1993
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BGSCM_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Global Supply Chain Management 2 Elective

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