EXC 3652 Port Management


EXC 3652 Port Management

Responsible for the course
Stein Erik Grønland

Department of Accounting - Auditing and Business Analytics

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction


The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of various port management aspects as well as transportation modes used in international transports, with an emphasis on multimodal transport operations. It provides a further framework around shipping management, and helps to relate sea transportation in relation to other transport modes. An important aspect is also the understanding of the port as a multimodal link in the supply chains

Learning outcome
Acquired knowledge
After completed course students shall have learned:

  • The concept of port management and multimodal transportation
  • The benefits and costs related to various transportation modes
  • The impact on supply chain efficiency of alternative transport choices
  • The roles of port users and service providers
  • About port operations, governance and performance

Acquired skills

After sompleted course students shall be able to:
  • Describe and explain alternative transport systems
  • Describe and analysis cost efficiency of alternative shipping systems
  • Discuss competition between modes
  • Use port cost/price models
  • Discuss port governance, agglomeration, competition and performance

To understand the relationship between port/transport choice decisions and supply chain effectiveness and efficiency


Compulsory reading
Song, Dong-Wook and Photis M. Panayides. 2015. Maritime logistics : a complete guide to effective shipping and port management. 2nd ed. Kogan Page
Talley, Wayne Kenneth. 2009. Port economics. Routledge. 208 s

Gharehgozli, Amir Hossein and Roy, Debjit and de Koster, M. B. M.. 2014. Sea Container Terminals: New Technologies, OR Models, and Emerging Research Areas. ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2014-009-LIS. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2469175 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2469175

Handouts, lectures and field visits are also part of what may be subject to exam questions.

Recommended reading

Course outline
  • Transportation and transportation industry – overview
  • Demand for freight transportation
  • Road transportation
  • Railway transportation
  • Pipelines
  • Short sea transportation
  • Deep sea transportation
  • Cost structures for alternative transportation mode
  • Cost structures for intermodal transfers
  • Intermodal Transport Operations
  • Ports
  • Port operations and cost
  • Future developments
  • Port operations planning

Computer-based tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Learning process and workload
The course consists of 45 hours (15 lectures).

Students are expected to actively participate through discussions and exercises. In addition, 3 of the 15 lectures will be in the form of field visits/excursions.

Recommended workload in hours
Participation in lectures, excursions and discussions
Preparation for lectures/reading literature
Preparation for the examination
Total Recommended workload

    A 3 hour individual written exam concludes the course.
    Examination code(s)
    EXC 36521 - Written examinination, counts 100% to obtain final grade in EXC 3652 Port Management, 7,5 credits.

    Examination support materials
    A bilingual dictionary.
    Examination support materials at written examiniations are explained under examination information in the student portal @BI. Please note use of calculator and dictionary. https://at.bi.no/EN/Pages/Exa_Hjelpemidler-til-eksamen.aspx

    Re-sit examination
    Re-sit examiniation is offered at next scheduled course.

    Additional information