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Summer Academy of Maritime Transport - Maritime Transport Explained
(In-Class Programme)
6 – 24 July 2020, Hotel Riviera, Carcavelos
Shipping, apart from being the oldest mode of transport, shipping is responsible for the carriage of about 75-80% of world trade. Without it, the internationalisation and globalisation of the worldwide economies could not have been achieved since the intercontinental trade of raw materials, and the import/export of manufactured / fresh goods would simply not be possible. Over the years, the industry has grown and evolved to meet the changing needs of the economy. Today more than 50,000 merchant vessels, some more technological advanced than others, registered in over 150 nations and manned by over a million seafarers, ply the oceans.
From an-economic perspective, shipping is an economic activity with a strong multiplier effect due to the numerous ancillary activities that are needed to perform a simple carriage of goods. As a result, many countries have been devoting strong efforts to understand and promote an industry that more often than not, is not visible in the eye of the public and to devise policies, which positively contribute to their balance of payments.
The objective of this Course is to provide Participants with a practical understanding of the shipping business as a whole and of its inherent peculiarities which constrain the activity but which constitute the driver that moves the industry into the future in a sustainable manner. Particular attention will be drawn to the shipping markets and the economics rational that sustain their operations.
At the end of this Course, Participants will be able to:
  1) understand the economic and regulatory environment in which the shipping industry operates;
  2) identify the different types of ships available to carry the goods and be acquainted with ship management issues;
  3) understand the different markets structures and understand the underpinning theories and practices of the industry;
  4) identify the different market players and be aware of their role in this industry; and
  5) learn about the maritime contractual arrangements.
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 Course Topics
Covered Topics include:
  Principles of International Trade. Contracts of Sale. Financing International Trade. Insurance in International Trade. Balance of Payments and Exchange Rates. Recent Developments in International Trade and Transport.
  Ships Terminology. Types of Ships. Ship Registration. Ship Classification. International Maritime Regulations and Codes. Ship Operations & Management. Shipping Cost Analysis and Economies of Scale. Maritime Geography.
  The Business Players. Shipping Companies. Communications in the Shipping Business. Marketing of Shipping Companies. Business Ethics.
  Economics of Sea Transport. Demand for Shipping. Seaborne Trade. Cargo Handling. The Supply of Shipping Services. Shipping Policy. Shipping Market Cycles. Shipping Markets & Market Structures. The Newbuildings Market. The Freight Market. Competitive Shipping Markets Tankers. Competitive Shipping Markets Dry Bulk Cargo. Non-Competitive Shipping Markets Liner Trades. The Sale and Purchase Market. The Demolition / Scrapping Market. Shipping Finance.
  The Law Relating to the Carriage of Goods by Sea. Charter Parties. Bills of Lading & Other Documents. Cargo Claims. Carriage of Goods Conventions. Disputes and Professional Indemnity International. Organisations in Shipping.
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 Target Audience
The Course targets all Players and people interested in Maritime Economics and related issues. This target audience includes University Students, Importers / Exporters, Shippers, Shipping Companies, Vessel Operators, Shipping Agents, Freight Forwarders, Supply Chain Managers, 3PLs, Port Authorities, Port Terminal Operators, International and/or Intermodal Transport Companies, Maritime Lawyers, Consultants and other parties having specific interest in the subject matter.
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 Course Delivery
This Course will be thoroughly delivered in-class, at Hotel Riviera, in Carcavelos; Course to be delivered in English.
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 Documentation and/or Reading Materials 
Course Documentation and/or Reading Materials will be made accessible to Participants in electronic format.Participants are requested to check their email on a regular basis. A list of recommended reading will be provided in the beginning of each Course. This recommended reading is not included in the Course Fee.
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 Duration and Timetable
The Course has a duration of 120 hours spread along the 15 weekly days (three weeks). The Course will start on the 6 July and ends on the 24 July 2020. Training is intensive with a daily class load of 8 hours; it starts at 0830 and ends at 1830.
It will be necessary that Participants allocate additional time to carry out their studies and to perform the allocated tasks within the requested timeframes.
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 Participation Conditions
Course registration is to be made oline.
The registration date deadline is 15 May 2020.
For training in a class room context, minimum number of Participants is 10.
Payment of the Couse Fee to be made by 26 May 2020. The payment of the Course Fee can be made by 1) BANK TRANSFER, 2) PayPAL or 3) WESTERN UNION. Please note that charges apply for each of the above Payment Methods and are not included in the Course Fee. The final amount to be transferred by using any of these methods is the total amount calculated (Course Fee + Applied Charges). For all payment methods, the Registration will only be valid after we verify the amount paid and confirm to Participants/Institutions in writing. For additional information regarding the Payment Methods available, please click here.
In case of Cancellation, the following conditions apply:
  a) Participants have the right to cancel their registration. To cancel the registration, please send an email to Ana Casaca ( /
  b) For written Cancellations made until the 28 May 2020 (inclusive), Participants will receive a full refund of any payment made. However, a handling fee of 120 € will be charged.
  c) For written Cancellations made after 29 May 2020 (inclusive), a penalty of 50% of the Course Fee applies to compensate for damages incurred from last minutes dropouts.
  d) The Cancelation deadline is 28 May 2020 (inclusive).
Participants must have an attendance equal to or above 90% of the Course.
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 Course Fee
The Course Fee includes
  a) training in the amount of 120 hours.
  b) attend the Course on the basis of its publicised announcements;
  c) have access to the corresponding Course documentation and supporting material;

d) receive a Course Participation Certificate as long as they have fulfilled with the Participation Conditions mentioned above; and

  e) the coffee-breaks and lunches during the 15 days alocated for the Course.
The Fees charged neither include the expenses allocated to Participants' travelling and/or accommodation and/or meals not foreseen in the Course.
Moreover, the list of recommended reading is not included in the Course Fee.
The non-fulfilment of the payment within the expected deadline implies the Cancellation of the Registration.
For information on the Course Fee, please contact us via email ( /
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At the end of the Course, Participants will be entitled to a Course Participation Certificate as long as they have:
  a) fulfilled all registration procedures;
  b) an attendance equal to or above 90% of the Course (this condition applies to both in-class and online class training);
  c) carried out the allocated tasks given that they are an integral part of the Course (this condition applies to everyone and to both in-class and online class training).
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The coach is Ana Cristina Casaca PhD. Guest Speakers will be invited to talk about specific topics.
Ana Cristina Casaca holds a Ph.D. in International Transport/Logistics. Her academic background is supported by her nautical career in the shipping industry. In 1985, she earned her elementary nautical studies degree at Escola Náutica Infante D. Henrique (ENIDH) in Paço D’Arcos, Portugal. She was a deck officer in Portuguese shipping companies and some years later taught at the Instituto de Tecnologias Náuticas, Portugal. In 1995, she earned her Bachelor Degree in Management and Maritime Technologies at ENIDH, and two years later, in 1997, she obtained her M.Sc. Degree in International Logistics at the Institute of Marine Studies, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom. In July 1998, she obtained her professional accreditation from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London, after having sat for 7 exams, namely ‘Introduction to Shipping’, ‘Law of Carriage of Goods by Sea’, ‘Economics of Sea Transport’, ‘Shipping Practice’, ‘Dry Cargo Chartering’, ‘Liner Trades’ and ‘International Through Transport Management’. She successfully obtained her PhD in International Transport/Logistics in 2003.
Between 1998 and 2007, she published several articles of a professional nature in some industry magazines, but her interest in research would lead her to publish several research papers in well-known international maritime related journals. Within this scope, in 2017, she was Guest Editorial of ‘International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics’ with a special issue on ‘Short Sea Shipping in a Globalized World’. She organised in cooperation with Cargo Edições and chaired the 2010 Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists and the 2012 International Research Conference on Short Sea Shipping. Recently, in cooperation with Leo Tadeu Robles, she translated into Portuguese the third edition of the "Maritime Economics" book written by Martin Stopford.
Since 2003, she has been invited by the European Commission to evaluate transport related proposals and to review transport related projects (Belgium) and to peer review academic papers submitted to well-known international Journals. In addition, she is developing and implementing the ‘World of Shipping Portugal’ initiative (of which she is the Founder and owner) which delivers Knowledge, Training and Translation Services within the scope of Maritime Economics. She is Associate Editor of Maritime Business Review and member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), of the International Maritime Economists Association (IAME) and of the Women's International Shipping and Trading Association Portugal (WISTA Portugal).
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