The UK is a world leader in many areas of maritime business services, education and research and provides many of the essential services that keep world shipping in operation. While no longer a major centre for large scale commercial shipbuilding, the UK is home to significant technical and design expertise, as well as smaller scale boatbuilding and component supply. The maritime industries (shipping, ports and business services) are estimated to contribute at least £8.5 billion a year to the UK economy.
This module looks at operations and risk management in maritime industries. Beginning with an insight into the economics of the shipping industry, the module goes onto consider shipping transportation and supply, operational planning and risk management, the co-ordination of the supply chain and the impact of shipping on the environment.
Designed specifically as part of the MBA with Maritime Pathway, the module is designed to support learners who are looking to move into the shipping industry to get a better insight of how the sector works. It is also well suited to learners from the maritime industry who wish to progress in managerial and leadership roles, including those who may be transitioning from sea-based occupations to shore-based careers.
The module utilises a combination of lectures and case-studies to embed the learning around the various topic. The case study is important is a critical part of the learning as it allows learners to bring content and skills learnt on the other parts of the MBA programme to bear on the issues of maritime operations and risk. Similarly, the case-study also allows learners to bring any relevant work experience to bear on the problems raised by the case study.