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Dip. in Port Management


JPT/BPP (N/345/4/0091) (MQA/FA0758) 10/21

Most countries of the world depend so much on international trade. Over 90% of their international trades are done through Maritime means. Cargos are moved from an origin to their destination using various transportation system called “multimodalism” or “through -transport”. Port is just  an important node in this logistic chain. Thus a port, due to its strategic geographic location becomes the converging point thereby allowing it to play a major role in this integrated logistic chain. In this modern times port must play a more dynamic role. In the era of globalization and technological advances, ships are getting bigger and sophisticated; logistic chains are complex and efficient and information travels at an unbelievable speed. The port reception facilities must be efficient enough to cater the demand of both the seaward as well as the landside.

Therefore managing an efficient and modern port has become more of a strategic issue. This course will provide opportunities for students to thoroughly understand the role of port especially in the international trade, logistic chain and as the ‘economic engine’ of development. This course also focuses on different types of ports, its strategic geographical location (natural, man-made, river estuary) and diversity of port operation due to different types of cargos – general cargo, bulk (dry and liquid) and containers.

head-5This course will also exposes students on strategic role of port in the context of throughtransport with respect to shipping – hub port, feeder / transhipment and intermodal interface. In addition the course will also deal with various ownership structure of port organizations and port services i.e. public, municipal, private, landlord or fully privatized ports. Port can also offer the use of specialized terminals for handling specialized cargo.

Students will also be exposed on the fundamental differences between various types of ships i.e. dry and liquid bulk, general-purpose ships, container ships, break-bulk, RORO, tankers and Ore carriers.

At the end of the course, students will undergo internship for three months in the relevant maritime industry. This will give valuable experience in the real-life working environment.

Industry Focus

This course will focus on the port organization and management. As port is the important link in the logistic chain, it is crucial to understand its role at national and international scene. The port organization has to be dynamic in order to be sustainable and remained competitive locally as well as internationally.

Course content

Year one:

Core subjects requirement:  Introduction to Supply Chain Management; Port Planning Management; Port Technology and Maintenance; Business Law Language skills:  Foundation English (Level 1 and 2); MQA and management subjects requirement: MPU 1 (Pengajian Malaysia / Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1 / Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2); MPU 2 (Bahasa Kebangsaan A / Integrated Skills / Negotation Skills / Leadership Skills / Communication Skills / Study Skills); MPU 3 (Cultural Diversity In Malaysia / Pengajian Islam dan Perbandingan Agama / Pengajian Moral); Curriculum (Football, Futsal, Badminton, Swimming, Basketball, Table-Tennis); Business Statistics; Business Information Systems; Principles Of Management ; Basic Financial Accounting; Human Resource Management; Marketing Management; Principles Of Economics;

Year two:

Core subjects requirement:  Innovation Of Port Business; Port Operation Management; Port Marketing And Strategies; Cargo Operation Management; Port Channel Distribution  Management; The Business Of Port; Port Security And Safety Management; Port Design And Engineering; Port Tourism Economy And Entrepreneurship; Port Economics; Law of Carriage of Goods by Sea; Economic Impact Of Container Port; Port Cargo Clearance Procedure; Environment Economics In Port Development; Language skills:  Maritime English

Year three:

Industrial Training; Assessment: The course is assessed through assignments, presentations, quiz, test (coursework), practical (sports subject), projects, field exercises, other forms of classroom participation and written examination

Key career skills:

Business inclination, good communication skill, good report writing ability, problem solving, presentation, project management knowledge, teamwork, decision making, willing to continue learning.

Projects / work experience:

In year three our Industrial Training Unit will provide students with a chance to incorporate practical work experience directly into their course. The unit will assist students and provides support and contacts within the industry to help them find the placement. Student will be sent to port, shipping and logistics industries or any company that requires shipping and logistics management skills

Course length:

  • 2.5 year (7 semesters)

Entry requirements:

  • Pass in SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) or ‘O’ Levels with any three (3) credits or equivalent (minimum requirement)

Career opportunities:

  • Port organization; Logistic Business; Warehousing; Distriparks; Freight Forwarding and Shipping Lines Airports; Container shipping business; NVOCC and Cargo Consolidation business; Port ancillary services –  mooring, tugs etc.; Shipping agencies, husbanding, candling etc.; Maritime related authorities.