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Key Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the principles of containerization and its impact on international trade
  • Examine the impact of ship deployment strategies on container logistics
  • Know the cost structure of container shipping and the pressure for increased ship size
  • Awareness of the shipping line market structure and the drivers underlying consolidation and alliance structures
  • Obtain knowledge on container technology and the challenges of containerizing cargo
  • Recognize the impact of terminal competition in the supply chain
  • Appreciate the economics of modal selection and inland transport management
  • Learn the commercial basis of international container shipments
  • Identify risks in container logistics to establish a resilient supply chain
  • Assess trends in ship deployment and service strategies to 2020 and beyond
  • Explore future technology developments in the maritime, port and inland transport systems

Who Should Attend

  • Shippers and Cargo Owners
  • Shipping Lines and Carriers
  • Port & Terminal Operators
  • 3PL’s and 4PL’s
  • Container Leasing Companies
  • Ship Agents
  • Cargo Brokers
  • Anyone Engaged in Container Logistics


Jeff Martin Container Logistics

Jeff Martin


Containerization and international trade

  • Logistic and GDP
  • Containerization in international trade
  • Principles and concepts of containerization
  • The general cargo market and ship types
  • Container demand and cargo volumes

Trade lane supply and demand factors

  • East – West trades
  • North – South trades
  • South – South trades
  • Intra-regional trades
  • Imbalances in trade and container repositioning

Shipping line service strategies

  • Service networks and port coverage
  • Transshipment versus direct calls
  • Transit times, service frequency and inventory levels

Impact of the global economy

  • Trade volumes and freight rates
  • Shipping capacity adjustments
  • Profitability of shipping lines, terminals and freight forwarders
  • Managing trade lane capacity

Historic basis of liner shipping

  • Conference system
  • Capacity and freight management
  • Legal status of conferences and their future
  • Cabotage rules

Structure of the container shipping market

  • Independent shipping lines
  • Consolidation, acquisition and merger
  • Consortia and global alliances
  • Slot charterers and NVOCCs
  • Shipping line cost structure & freight rates
  • Ship operations and costs
  • Freight rates and contracts
  • Liner shipping competition

Container ships

  • Fully cellular container ships
  • Geared container ships
  • Ro-Ro, combi, lash and reefer ships


  • Size, types and specifications
  • Capacity and load limitations

Tracking, monitoring and security

  • Maintenance, repair and condition

Overview of terminals

  • Emergence of global terminal operators
  • Labour relations and supply chain resilience
  • Impact of congestion and transport costs
  • The role of terminals in the supply chain
  • Hinterlands and port selection

Inland container flows

  • Principles of intermodalism
  • Characteristics of road, rail, short-sea, and inland waterways
  • Inland connectivity
  • Transloading operations

Modal selection

  • Comparison of transport modes
  • Economics of inland modal selection
  • Shipping line and shipper behaviour

Service offerings

  • Port-to-port and merchant haulage
  • Door-to-door and carrier haulage
  • FCL, LCL and consolidation services



  • Nature and characteristics of cargo
  • Challenges to containerization of commodities
  • Carriage of dangerous cargo
  • Weight and volume relationship

Containerizing cargo

  • Liquid cargo and flexi tanks
  • Temperature controlled & reefers
  • Monitoring cargo quality
  • Dry bulks and containers

Container inspection and cargo damage

  • Strains & stresses during transportation
  • Impact of climatic conditions
  • Container and cargo inspection

Basics of marine insurance

  • The nature and types of risks to cover
  • Protection and indemnity insurance
  • General average

Role of the Bill of lading

  • The functions of bills of lading
  • Seaway bills and delivery notes
  • Combined transport bill of lading
  • Limitation of liability

Commercial basis of trade

  • Who pays and who takes risk
  • Incoterms 2011
  • Cargo supervision and damage

Supply chain principles

  • Elements of international freight transport
  • Key players in container logistics shippers, freight forwarders, shipping lines and logistics providers

Impact of peaks and troughs in the transport logistics chain

  • Bottlenecks, constraints and variation
  • The impact of variation on logistics service levels
  • Effectively matching demand and supply

National and regional distribution requirements

  • Ensuring on time delivery
  • Haulage and terminal operations
  • Changing distribution requirements and strategies

Supply chain risks and resilience

  • Assessing weaknesses in the container logistics chain
  • Establishing a resilient container logistics chain
  • Importance of visibility and reliability

Sustainable container movements

  • Maritime transport
  • Terminal operations

Inland transport

  • Carbon footprint calculators


World trade and trade forecasts

  • Maritime sector to 2020 and beyond
  • Future demand for logistics services
  • Future supply challenges

Future geography of container shipping

  • Container shipping to 2020
  • Impact of Panama canal expansion
  • 20,000+ TEU ships
  • Environmental regulation

Operational and market issues

  • Future container ship fleet
  • Future terminal capacity and utilization
  • Shipping line consolidation & alliance scenarios
  • Operational challenges
  • Information challenges

Case Studies and Video
The course will make use of case studies, video clips and many industry examples to demonstrate and reinforce the concepts, technologies and issues discussed.

when & where

18 - 19 Mar 2019

Mandarin Orchard Singapore, by Meritus
333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867
Tel: +65 6831 6062 | Fax: +65 6737 3130
Mobile No.: +65 8298 9442

Contact Person: Tan Ai Li

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