EXC 3651 Shipping Finance

EXC 3651 Shipping Finance

Course code: 
EXC 3651
Course coordinator: 
Siv Jønland Staubo
Course name in Norwegian: 
Shipping Finance
Product category: 
BBA - Specialisation in Shipping
2023 Spring
Active status: 
Level of study: 
Teaching language: 
Course type: 
One semester

The task of this course is to help understand the economics of the shipping industry. What makes it so special is the great volatility in the industry and it is a perfect market for blending theory and practice. Because shipping is such an old and international industry, with a history of continuous change, we have a unique opportunity to learn from the past.

The essence of business administration includes corporate finance (i.e. investment and financing). Good knowledge within these areas is a necessary prerequisite to understand the economic content of investment and financing decisions. There is vital knowledge for people working in the shipping industry. Further it is important to be able to obtain decision-relevant information, discuss and assess alternatives, make correct decisions and convey relevant and useful information.

The aim of this course in corporate finance in the shipping industry is to provide the students with essential knowledge and skills, so that they can take part in discussions on problems in finance and carry out simple analyses within the field, make correct decisions and communicate the results of the analyses in a comprehensible manner.
The course focuses mainly on capital structure in general, and capital structure in the shipping industry in particular and being able to make sustainable decisions.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

After completed course, the students shall have learned:

  • Different international financial theories
  • Capital structure decisions in different tax regimes.
  • Capital structure decisions and the impact of volatility, which is essential for the shipping industry.
  • How dividend decisions might affect firm value and firm.
  • How this industry change to more digital operations.
  • To be able to make sustainable decisions in a worldwide industry.
Learning outcomes - Skills

After completed course, the students shall be able to:

  • Differentiate between the advantages and/or disadvantages of different financing instruments.
  • Explain key concepts and give an account of the tools used in analyses of corporate finance problems in general, and corporate finance problems in the international shipping industry in particular.
  • Explain from the toolbox: valuation methods, cash flow effects of distribution policy, sustainable decision making.
  • Give written answers to questions so that the readers understand the applied methods and conclusions.
General Competence

After taking the course, the students shall be able to ask critical questions and reflect on crucial assumptions and theories within the field of corporate finance. Understand the importance of sustainability in an international industry.

Course content
  1. Cost, Revenue and Cash Flows in the Shipping Industry, ch. 6 (MS)
  2. Project analysis, ch. 10 (BMA)
  3. Investment, Strategy and Economic Rents, ch. 11 (BMA)
  4. Risk, Return and Shipping Company Economics, ch. 8 (MS)
  5. Efficient Markets and Behavioral Finance, ch. 13 (BMA)
  6. An overview of Corporate Finance, ch. 14 (BMA)
  7. How Corporations Issue Securities, ch. 15 (BMA)
  8. Pay-out Policy, ch. 16 (BMA)
  9. Does Deby Policy matter?, ch. 17&18 (BMA)
  10. Financing Ships and Shipping Companies, ch. 7 (MS)
  11. Financing and Valuation, ch. 19 (BMA)
Teaching and learning activities

The course will include a combination of lectures and tutorials where the students learn how to analyze and explain solutions to exercises. There are two voluntary tests during the semester.

The students are responsible for obtaining any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/It's learning or the textbook. 

Excel spreadsheet models are highly recommended for problem-solving. 

Software tools
Software defined under the section "Teaching and learning activities".

Higher Education Entrance Qualification


Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this

Required prerequisite knowledge

EXC2110 Basic Financial Management

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationSupport materialsGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
EXC 36512
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Two examiners
Examination every semester
100No72 Hour(s)Group/Individual ( 1 - 4)All exams must be passed to obtain a final grade in the course.
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Structured test
Exam code:
EXC 36513
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Two examiners
Examination every semester
0Yes1 Hour(s)
  • BI-approved exam calculator
  • Simple calculator
  • Bilingual dictionary
Individual Multiple choice. All exams must be passed to obtain a final grade in the course.
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-4)
Support materials:
Duration:72 Hour(s)
Comment:All exams must be passed to obtain a final grade in the course.
Exam code:EXC 36512
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination every semester
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Structured test
Grouping (size):Individual
Support materials:
  • BI-approved exam calculator
  • Simple calculator
  • Bilingual dictionary
Duration:1 Hour(s)
Comment:Multiple choice. All exams must be passed to obtain a final grade in the course.
Exam code: EXC 36513
Grading scale:Pass/fail
Resit:Examination every semester
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
All exams must be passed to get a grade in this course.
Total weight: 
Student workload
36 Hour(s)
Feedback activities and counselling
6 Hour(s)
Review of assignments in plenary
Group work / Assignments
118 Hour(s)
Preparation for lectures and plenary tutorials and work on two voulentary hand-in assignments
Student's own work with learning resources
40 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.