ICM120-Maritime Logistics Management

Module Provider: ICMA Centre
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Michele Acciaro
Email: m.acciaro@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:


Summary module description:

The module focuses on the current developments and practices in logistics and supply chain management within the global maritime industry (i.e., shipping and ports). It also aims to provide an understanding of the challenges involved in the management of systems for the transportation of goods by sea as well as the optimization of maritime transportation and distribution systems. The module covers the importance of the maritime industry within global logistics and supply chain, the impact of current business patterns in logistics and supply chain within the maritime sector, the strategic approach of shipping companies in the globalised market place, as well as the logistics related challenges faced by global port operators.


The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the current developments and practices in logistics and supply chain management within the global maritime industry (i.e., shipping and ports).

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • Discuss the important challenges associated with the effective management of maritime logistics, within the framework of the international shipping and port industry. 

  • Recognise the current advances and outlook in the management of maritime logistics. 

  • Analyse the different processes and systems in supply chain management.

  • Examine a number of strategic options available to the shipping and port industry as per the response s to the current business environment in the context of global logistics and supply chains management.

  • Evaluate the various regulations, technologies, environmental practices of modern logistics for seaborne trade.

Additional outcomes:

The student will develop familiarity with the various maritime logistics management, systems and processes, will receive a thorough understanding of cargo handling for different types of seaborne commodities, and will gain experience in analysing case studies in a way that is closely related to maritime logistics practice. The seminars will provide students with an opportunity to evaluate logistical management systems for shipping companies and port operators.

Outline content:

  • Seaborne trade and maritime logistics 

  • Intermodal and maritime transportation systems 

  • Third party maritime operators 

  • Maritime logistics value management

  • Shipping logistics management

  • Dry- and liquid-bulk, and liner commodity logistics

  • Port logistics management 

  • Port/terminal operations and management

  • Maritime logistics integration a nd performance

  • Maritime logistics international regulations, environmental and security issues

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures will be used for the exposition of theory. Classes will be used to discuss non-assessed problem sets and case studies. There will be 5 2-hour lectures and 5 1-hour seminars. The techniques used to achieve the stated module objectives will consist of a combination of active teaching, question-answer sessions, class discussions, group presentation and assignments.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 5
Guided independent study:      
    Essay preparation 85
Total hours by term 0 100 0
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One 3,000 word assignment typically submitted by the end of March

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer

to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:



Assessment requirements for a pass:
A minimum total final mark of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment is by assignment in August of the same year

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: £40

Last updated: 28 May 2021


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