Post-Graduate Diploma in Maritime Logistics & Port Management

With a rich blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, Post-Graduate Diploma in Maritime Logistics & Port Management aims to provide candidates with well-equipped careers in Ship Brokering, Chartering, Port Management, Ship Operations, and International Maritime Law. This stimulating and intellectually challenging program helps to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to operate successfully within the International Maritime Industry. Our programme has a strong business focus and explores the complex factors involved in the maritime business and shipping operations worldwide.

Affiliated To:

Sri Dev Suman University, Uttarakhand
(Affiliation No. 508)

Multi-Modular Programme

Action Learning

Real Time Brokering & Chartering

Placement & Internship

Course Curriculum


(MLMP 101) Ship Brokering

Basics of ship brokering practice, Introduction to top shipbroking houses, job of a ship broker, skills and qualification required.

Dry market study, Baltic report, Platts report, study of various routes, Market report study for various size of vessel, study of market influencing factor 

Charterers and owners database exploring, Consolidating list of owners and charterers, consolidating list of in-house brokers, contacting the prospective clients, building your own client base. 

Firm offers from Charterers and owners, thorough study of the offers, passing the counters, consolidating and colour coding of the counters, negotiating on terms not agreed, CP analysis 

Understanding of sea contracts, Contract of carriage, Various Charter parties, legal aspect of charter party, Preparation of Voyage and Time CP, understanding of various clauses. 

(MLPM 102) Ship Chartering

Ship charterer, Role and purpose, different types of chartering Shipping asset, Shipping company, multiple players, integrated logistics.

Ship business overview, major and minor dry commodities, supply vs. demand, various costs involved in sea transportation, Cost analysis and economies of scale, shipping and International trade. 

Different types of chartering, Demise and Bareboat charter, Voyage Charter, Time charterer, Charter parties, Obligation of owner and charterers, COA, Chartering participator , FOB & CIF contract.

Vessel operational costs, freight calculation, various commission, revenue, Voyage cash flow, annual cash flow. 

Understanding of Laytime, CP terms, Dispatch, Demurrage, Terminology, Laytime clauses, Understanding of Laytime from Owners/Charterers perspective.

(MLPM 103) Ship Operations

Basics of shipping industry, commercial and technical operation of the vessels, organisation of a shipping company, characteristic of the shipping company, ship segments. 

Preparing of vessel position, updating the tonnage, managing day to day operational activity, liaising with external agents. 

Basics of INCOTERMS, explanation of various terms, usage of the terms, relationship between Buyer & Seller, export and import clearance, rights and duties of buyer and seller. 

Basics of Voyage estimation, PDA, Bunker, Hire, Components, Break even calculation, TCE.

Concepts of LOI, issuance, formats, validity, legal implications of LOI, Functions of BL, Endorsement, format, issuance, legality of BOL , Letter of Credit UCP 500 vs UCP 600.

(MLPM 104 ) Port Agency Operations

Basics of port agency operations, job of a port agent, skills and qualification required. 

Different rules pertaining to ports, National Ports act, Harbour Master authority, Arrival and departure in ports. 

PDA for different ports, factors influencing PDA, explanation of the factors, GRT, NRT.

Appointment by the owner, responsibility for goods, arrangement of pilots and tugs, responsibility for repairs, documents for custom and harbour services, crew sign on-signoff. 

OPA and Charterers agent, various surveys, SOF, MR and B/L preparation, Loading, Discharging operations, Cargo care, spillages, P&I club, Issuance of LOP, Arrival of goods, Cargo manifest, Bill of entry, Custom duty.

(MLPM 105) International Logistics and Maritime Law

Basics of maritime transport, Demarcation and delimitation of the boundaries, Freedom at high seas, duties of flag state, nationality of the ship, Piracy at high seas, Innocent passage. 

Standard Charter Parties, GENCON, NYPE, Bunker clause, Sistership clause, New Jason Clause, Hague- visby rules, Both to blame collision clause, Himalaya clause. 

Maritime lien as per admiralty law, concept of maritime lien, how lien can be exercised, who has the authority to exercise lien, arrest procedure, legalities involved. 

Introduction to claims, types of claims, cargo claims, precautions by parties, responsibilities of parties involved, claims handling and procedure, relevant laws. 

Various international regulations, ISM, SOLAS, MARPOL, Port state control, effect of these regulations on ship business, impact of the regulations on ship owners and charterers.


(ITML 201) Payment and Finance for International Trade

Overview, sample, role of BOE, roles and responsibility of different parties, Purpose of BOE, Buyer and seller relationship w.r.t. BOE, difference between BOL and BOE. 

URC as per ICC, purpose of URC, Documents against Acceptance and Payment, URC 522. 

Function of LC, procedure involved in LC issuance, Different forms of LC, UCP 500, UCP 600. 

Concept of countertrade, exchange system, example of counter trade, Counter trade in Maritime Business, Switch trade, counter trading, compensation trade. 

Various types of guarantee, financial guarantee, performance guarantee, retention money guarantee etc.

(ITML 202) Merchant Shipping Act 1958

History of Indian Merchant Ships, MSA coming into existence, Various Articles in MSA, Various definitions and explanations, Who can register, Procedure for registry of the ship, Documents required for registry. 

Issuances of COC, competency of the seafarers, Age for employment, Trimmers and strokers convention, Special provision with agreement of crew on Indian Ship. 

Survey requirement, fees for survey, role of the surveyor, process and purpose of survey, issuances of certificate of survey. 

Safety and loadline convention, construction of the ship, collision regulations, prevention of collision, unseaworthy and unsafe ship. 

Division of loss in case of collision, damages for personal injury, right of contribution, duty of master to assist in collision.

(ITML 203) Basics of Computer Application

What is a computer, Block Diagram, Components of a computer system, generation of computers, programming languages, generation of languages, storage devices, floppy disks, CD ROM’s

Introduction, Functions, Types, Components, Case Studies – DOS, Windows, Microsoft Office – Word, Xcel, Power- point, Outlook: DOS and Window Concepts; InternetUsage.

Data, Data types, Advantages, Introduction to FOXPRO, Creating a database,Searching, Sorting, Indexing, Writing simple programmes, overview of MS Access.

What is Word Processing, Features of MS WORD, Editing Commands and Mail merge.What is spreadsheet, Features, Formulae and functions? If Statement, preparing sample worksheets, Different graphs, Features of POWERPOINT. Preparing a presentation, preparing an Organization chart.

What is Internet, Network, Network of Networks, WWW, Search Engines, email, websites. Introduction to e-commerce. 

(ITML 204) Fundamental of communication

Introduction, Process, Components, Factors of Communication.

Introduction, Personal Appearance, Facial Expression, Movement, Posture, Gestures, Eye Contact, Vocal Communication Techniques.

Physical, Psychological, Semantic, Organisational, Interpersonal Barriers.


Parts of speech, Punctuation, Vocabulary building, Phonetics

Types of letters- Formal/informal, Drafting applications, Preparing the Resume.

Certified Diploma Guaranteed

Post completion of PGDM – Maritime Logistics & Port Management, candidates will be awarded a postgraduate diploma from Sri Dev Suman university along with a certificate from IMBA. This degree and certificate are a golden ticket to the job of one’s dreams at leading commercial shipping firms and beyond.

Top-Tier Jobs Guaranteed

Ship Broker

Ship Manager

Port Agent

Port Operations Manager

Chartering Broker

Freight Trader

Project Analyst

Cargo Operator

Head of Marine Transportation & Logistics

Voyage Operator

Maritime Consultant

Fee Structure


What students say?

I literally had no idea after I completed my grad for where to go & which career to step into. I had no plans of doing masters as it's just a waste of time in my opinion. It was then when I got to know about the International Maritime Business Academy. It's the best platform to gain knowledge (theoretical and practical) in the commercial shipping industry. After completing my course, within a period of 6 months I got placed in a reputed shipping company as a junior broker, thanks IMBA and the mentors
Shubhang Vats
After my graduation, I was perplexed that what I should choose as my career, & will I be able to secure my future. IMBA made it all possible! IMBA provided me with the knowledge, skills & an amazing practical learning environment. I would say IMBA provides the best skill-based programs. All credit goes to its faculties from the industries that guided me and nurtured me so well. And today I can proudly say that I'm representing IMBA in one of the leading trading company-IMR.
Arvind Pal
Earlier, I was preparing for competitive exams and was working in a firm under a chartered accountant but I could not see my future there for long. Soon I came to know about IMBA, and joined the executive maritime business management programme. During my course, the pandemic had hit almost every field, but shipping was the one which took me in with its arms wide open. All thanks to Neha Ma'am & Capt. Kunal who personally trained me for all my interviews. I am lucky to be hired by Navio Shipping.

Our Faculty

Mr. Fabrice Duval


Mr. Manish Srivastava


Ms. Shagufta J Ahmed


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What Is Ship Brokering and Chartering?

Shipbroking is a financial service, which forms part of the global shipping industry. Ship-brokers are specialist intermediaries/ negotiators who facilitate the agreement between the owner of the ship and the owner of the goods for transportation by sea.

What is the average salary of an IMBA alumni?

After successful completion of the course, IMBA will assist you in getting employed with the best shipping houses in India as well as abroad. The salary package can range from anywhere between INR 3.6 lacs to INR 20 lacs inclusive of commission.

Do you give Scholarships for the course?

IMBA offers an international scholarship for the selected candidates to get trained with our hiring partners located in various countries such as Dubai, Singapore & London. Along with that, if the candidates are able to secure a brokering deal during their training period itself, they will get a full refund of the fees along with instant employment with our hiring partners.

What is the difference between the Merchant navy course and this course?

This certificate course in Maritime Logistics and Port Management is the commercial operation of the vessels which is completely different from the Merchant navy. While in the merchant navy you run the vessel from within, commercial shipping teaches you how to make money from it. This course will give you an in-depth knowledge of the shipping business and will assist you in knowing the source of money which governs the whole shipping industry.


What is the average salary of an IMBA alumni?

After successful completion of the course, IMBA will assist you in getting employed with the best shipping houses in India as well as abroad. The salary package can range from anywhere between INR 3.6 lacs to INR 20 lacs inclusive of commission.

Can I be employed in Dehradun itself?

We have an in-house Ship Brokering company as well as the branch office of our partners in Dehradun. Students matching the required standards and unable to move out of Dehradun will get an opportunity to be employed in Dehradun itself.

Why should I do a course in IMBA?

Excellent earning potential, International exposure sitting from Dehradun itself, opportunity to travel around the globe to meet clients. After gaining substantial experience, the opportunity to work with 

  1. Howe Robinson Partners, Dubai
  2. Ikwezi Mining, South Africa
  3. IMR, Switzerland
  4. Emarat Maritime, Dubai
  5. Norvic Shipping, US
  6. Transbulk International Shipping, Dubai
  7. Seaspeeds, UAE & many more.

After this course, you will have the opportunity to explore your own entrepreneur skills and try to build your own firm. Be part of the industry which controls 90% of the world’s trade.


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