General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Jesus Ezequiel Martínez Marín

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Rosana Salama Benazar

Teaching languages

  • Spanish

There may be material in English, given the internationalization of the maritime business


Specific skills
  • Establish maritime and logistics business projects that allow the creation of new companies or the improvement of existing ones, adopting innovative and creative ideas

  • Show knowledge of the organization of maritime, land, air and multimodal transport, customs management and international trade in order to manage and / or contract transport

  • Demonstrate knowledge about the structure, organization and management of ports -sport and state-of-the-art- where the traffic of people and goods, nautical leisure, fishing and tourism coexist, emphasizing cruises

  • Show knowledge of the ship and its recruitment for use as a means of transport for both goods and people, in an environment of sustainability and respect for the environment

  • Identify the basic economic concepts, as well as the microeconomic and macroeconomic functioning of the markets


The subject deals with the set of subjects and tools related to the sector
of trade and maritime transport, which allows:
1. Develop a business plan for an aquatic company.
2. Solve typical case studies on maritime business problems in the context of international maritime transport.





Logistics in the maritime business
The shipping company: concept, organization, typology
The regular line. The tramp navigation
Owner, shipowner, shipowner
The shipping business. Ways of operating the ship
The maritime broker: concept and functions
Maritime agent or ship consignee. Concept and regulation
The forwarder. Concept and functions
The customs representative: concept and regulation. The customs office


The rental Charter by time and by voyage. Contract / rental policy
Full and partial charter. Bareboat charter
Bill of lading
Knowledge-based transport: functions and types
Transport in containers
The rent Forms of payment


The ship: definition, characteristics, types of ships
Merchant ships: oil tankers, chemical tankers, container ships, RO/RO, LO/LO, RO/PAX
The loads.
Dry charge and liquid charge
General Cargo (oversized) and Bulk Cargo
Containers: types, classes, 20 and 40 feet, Dry, Bulk, Flat, Open Top
History of the ship and navigation: Origins and development
The revolution in the merchant marine. Technical changes and economic and social transformations

Management and organization of ports
Port terminals: types and activities. intermodal terminals
Hub ports and cat ports. Feeder ships
Port services. Definition and regulation.
Irruptions of new actors in the maritime-port market.

Evaluation system

The final grade will be the weighted arithmetic average of the grades of the assessment activities carried out during the quarter. To pass the course the final grade must be greater than or equal to 50 points out of 100.

The evaluation will take into account the following aspects with the weights indicated:

- 1 Exhibition for each Group / (Questions from the other groups to the exhibiting group): 20%

- A work on the exhibition: 20%

- Four assessment exercises (one exercise per module). 4 x 5% C/U = 20%

- A final exam that will assess the student's understanding of the subjects of the subject. This exam will be divided into two parts, a test (20%) and solving practical cases (20%). Total 40%

- In order to be able to average the grade of the continuous assessment with the grade of the final exam, you must get a minimum of 4 points out of 10 (or 40 out of 100 points) in the final exam.

For the evaluation of the subject, both the use of the course by the student (60%) and the result obtained in the final exam (40%) will be taken into account

. The student who has not taken the final exam will not be able to take the make-up exam



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5. PUJOL, LAURA and FERNÁNDEZ, MARIANO F. (2016), The mind and heart of the logistician. Marge Books, Barcelona.

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