Role of ports in international trade and transport – Economic impact of ports on the regional economy – Multiplier effect – Location characteristics of ports – Different types of ports (natural, manmade, river, estuary).
Design features of facilities in ports for handling various cargoes – Organization structure in Ports – Delivery of port services and the relationship between various departments – Marine Department – Traffic Department – other departments.
Marketing of Port services – Pricing of Port services – Components of port tariff – Concept of hinterland – Identifying the needs of ship owners and operators, ship agents, forwarders, truckers, rail and barge operators – Concept of Total Logistics cost.
Measurement of port performance – vessel turn round time, cargo volume, speed of cargo handling – Information flow requirements of the port, statutory bodies and port users – Port community computer systems and EDI applications.
Environmental issues connected with Ports & Terminals – Health and safety issues – Port security issues – International Ships and Port facility security (ISPS) code – Role of national, regional and local governments in owning / operating / managing ports.