General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Jesus Ezequiel Martínez Marín

Trimester: Third term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Miguel Fenollosa Pérez

Teaching languages

  • English


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

  • Demostrar capacitat per comunicar de manera fluida en llengua espanyola, catalana i anglesa de forma oral i escrita en l'entorn de la logística i els negocis marítims

  • 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


  • Understand and use maritime technical terminology.
  • Read and understand maritime publications.
  • Communicate orally and in writing using maritime technical English. 

The TecnoCampus will make available to teachers and students the digital tools needed to carry out the course, as well as guides and recommendations that facilitate adaptation to the non-contact mode.

Learning outcomes

  • Correct the most common mistakes in English
  • Losing the fear of oral communication
  • Identify and describe different types of ships.
  • Acquire general knowledge about the ship.
  • Identification and understanding of documents related to maritime transport.
  • Understand and use maritime technical terminology.
  • Read and understand maritime publications.
  • Communicate orally and in writing using maritime technical English. 
  • Pronounce certain terms correctly in English

Working methodology

The content of the subject will be taught encouraging the oral participation of the student, complementing the classes with tutoring (if necessary).


Group project


Organization of groups of 2 people in order to raise a problem / conflict on a daily basis (in the world of international logistics) and stage its resolution by telephone. This project aims to improve communication, negotiation and problem solving skills, and help to search for information efficiently.


Individual project


Individual oral presentation on a topic to be chosen by the student (10 minutes of presentation per person).



  • Most common mistakes in English (made by Catalan speakers) and most useful constructions in logistics
    Order in one sentence
    Translation of sentences with/without causal verbs (which use subjunctive in Spanish)

    Psychological approach to solving a problem over the phone
    Common fears causes
    Great allies

    Types of vessels
    Line trade vs. tramp trade.
    Transport: General cargo, bulk carriers, container ships, Ro-Ros, reefers, heavy cargo ships, passenger ships, multipurpose ships, among others.
    Assistance and Service: Tugs, Salvage Vessels, Buoyancy Vessels, Pilot Tenders, Dredges, Cablemen, and more.

    General knowledge of the ship
    General arrangement plan: spaces and separations of a ship.
    Terms relating to position on a ship and position in relation to a ship.
    Vessel measurement (tonnage, dimensions).

    Anchoring, berthing, leaving berth, underway.
    Buoyage (buoyage systems and types of buoys).

    Ports and terminals
    Different types of port facilities (dry bulk terminals, liquid bulk terminals, container terminals, other types of terminals).
    Who's who in the port (port authorities, pilots, berthing staff, stevedores, among others).

    Maritime transport documents
    Types of charters.
    Bareboat rental
    time letter
    Travel letter
    Contract of carriage (COA)
    Rest time
    Notice of Preparation
    Bill of lading.
    Other documents (cargo manifest, mate's receipt, maritime protest).

    Pronunciation of specific words in English
    International and European organizations and institutions: UN, IMO, OIT, WTO, UNCTAD, EU (EC, EMSA, among others), INTERTANKO, INTERCARGO, IALA, IMPA, among others.
    Clusters related to the sea, technological platforms, PPP.
    Logistics terms
    Labor functions

Learning activities

  • Theoretical classes
  • Practical Classes
  • Projects
  • Departure to the port of Barcelona

Evaluation system

  • Evaluation of the work done during the course: 50% of the final mark.


  • Group project: 30% of the final grade.
  • Individual project: 20% of the final grade.


  • Final exam: 50% of the final grade.


The mark of the final exam must be a minimum of 5 in order to average. It is only possible to make a recovery if you have taken the final exam. 



Lloyd's Maritime Academy, Fundamentals of Maritime Trade & Transport.

Van Kluijven, PC The International Maritime Language Program: an English course for students at maritime colleges and for on-board training. 2003 Alk & Heijnen Publishers, Alkmaar, The Netherlands. 

International Maritime Organization (IMO), Standard Marine Communication Phrases (SMCP).

A- Material / content developed by  Lola Rodriguez Coronil, former lecturer of this course.


European Commission, H2020 Smart, green and integrated transport.