Facts about the course

ECTS Credits:
Responsible department:
Faculty of Logistics
Course Leader:
Harald Martin Hjelle
Lecture Semester:
Teaching language:
½ year

TRA816 Maritime Transportation (Spring 2020)

About the course

The shipping markets and the interaction between them. Elementary trade models. Tramp and liner operations. Market for transport of goods in dry bulk, wet bulk and containers. Different market requirements and technical and organizational solutions. The role of different players in international shipping. International shipping policies. Competition, efficiency and profitability of shipping markets. Contract types. Factors influencing freight rate fluctuations. Shipping and the environment. Competition and co-operation with land-based modes of transport.

The course is connected to the following study programs

Recommended requirements

Same as the requirements for the MSc Logistics programme. A background in microeconomics and transport economics is recommended.

The student's learning outcomes after completing the course

The successful candidate will have

  • obtained a good overview of international shipping markets, including broad patterns of seaborne trade, and the markets for new and second-hand tonnage, including the market for demolition
  • obtained a thorough knowledge about the international regulatory regime of international shipping, including elements of global agreements, and the processes leading up to such agreements
  • obtained in-depth knowledge about one selected aspect of international shipping chosen as a topic for the essay
  • improved his/her analytical and writing abilities through the guided process of essay-writing

Forms of teaching and learning

2 hours of lectures and seminars per week. In addition special seminar(s) and/or excursions.


  • Form of assessment: Written school assessment
  • Proportion: 60%
  • Duration: 4 Hours
  • Grouping: Individual
  • Grading scale: Letter (A - F)
  • Support material: Only general dictionary in mother tongue/Norwegian/English in paper version
  • Form of assessment: Home assessment
  • Proportion: 40%
  • Duration: Semesters
  • Grouping: Group
  • Grading scale: Letter (A - F)
  • Support material: All printed and written supporting material


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