ULMS Electronic Module Catalogue

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Title Global Maritime Logistics
Code EBUS632
Coordinator Professor D Song
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ First Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):


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Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 12




Timetable (if known) 60 mins X 1 totaling 12
60 mins X 1 totaling 6
      60 mins X 1 totaling 12
60 mins X 1 totaling 6
Private Study 114


EXAM Duration Timing
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Lab Report and Essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When): 1  -3500 words    100       


The module covers a range of topics including international logistics, freight logistics, container logistics, shipping logistics, port management, shipping emissions and sustainability. The main aims are to:

Provide a study of the key principles and techniques applicable in the management of maritime logistics mainly from the quantitative/analytical perspective;

Understand the principles and roles of maritime logistics;

Understand and apply a range of quantitative/analytical tools and techniques to improve maritime logistics.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Have a good understanding of the principles, tools, and techniques of maritime logistics management;

(LO2) Be able to analyse and evaluate the quantitative performance of maritime logistics systems;

(LO3) Be able to apply quantitative tools and techniques to improve maritime logistics performance;

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Numeracy

(S3) Commercial awareness

(S4) Teamwork

(S5) Organisational skills

(S6) Communication skills

(S7) IT skills

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Hybrid delivery, with social distancing on campus.

1 hour online asynchronous learning per week x 12 weeks
1 hour face-to-face synchronous lecture per week x 12 weeks
1 hour face-to-face seminar every other week x 6 weeks
1 hour face-to-face peer-to-peer learning every other week (unscheduled) x 6 weeks
Self-directed learning x 114 hours



International logistics and global maritime logistics:
Concept of international logistics; different channels in international logistics; challenges in international logistics; logistics processes in case studies; concept of maritime logistics; relationship between international trade and international logistics.

Freight logistics:
Concepts of freight logistics; general routing and scheduling techniques such as the shortest path method; concept of inter-modal, multi-modal, synchro-modal; quantitative techniques for freight logistics; application of quantitative techniques.

Container logistics:
Container logistics chain; container fleet management; causes for empty container repositioning; inland empty container repositioning; global empty container repositioning; various solutions to empty container repositioning from channel perspective; quantitative techniques for container management; application of quantitative techniques.

Shipping logistics:
Re lationship of shipping logistics with freight logistics and container logistics; shipping network design and solution techniques; ship deployment and scheduling and solution techniques; ship speed optimisation in relation to economic and emission performance; application of quantitative solution techniques.

Port/terminal management:
Logistics processes at container terminals; integrated planning for terminal operations; integration of entire logistics processes in container terminals; quantitative techniques for port/terminal management; application of quantitative techniques.

Sustainability issues:
With the increasing concerns on climate change and global warming, transport industry is among the top three CO2 emitters among all economic sectors; what are the measures to reduce the emissions from shipping and ports?

Recommended Texts

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