Sea Traffic

Brief description

  • Basics of maritime shipping (forms of operation, types of ships and development of ship sizes)
  • Characteristics of maritime shipping in comparison to other modes of transport
  • Players in maritime shipping (shipping companies / agencies / forwarding companies / rail operators)
  • Operational forms of shipping
  • Emergence of container transport, container types
  • Maritime shipping infrastructure (ports, trade routes), port infrastructure and operations in ports
  • Innovations and challenges in maritime shipping
  • Legal foundations and transport documents in maritime shipping

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Biebig, P. / Althof, W. / Wagener, N. (2008): Seeverkehrswirtschaft: Kompendium, 4. Auflage, De Gruyter Oldenbourg.
Kummer, S. (2010): Einführung in die Verkehrswirtschaft, facultas, 2.Auflage, Wien.
Clausen, U. / Geiger, Ch. (Hrsg.) (2013): Verkehrs- und Transportlogistik, 2. Auflage, Springer Berlin.
Song, D.-P. (2021): Container Logistics and Maritime Transport, Routledge.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, blended learning, discussion, reflection and discussion of case studies, exemplary exercises

Assessment methods and criteria

  • Written final exam (100%, no aids).
  • Content criteria: degree of problem identification and problem characterisation, complexity of solutions.
  • Formal criteria: completeness of answers, linguistic differentiation, and independence of results presentation.

Prerequisites and co-requisites



Degree programme

Logistics & Transport Management (Bachelor)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



3 WS



Learning outcome

After successful completion of the course students can

  • describe the basics of maritime shipping (1)
  • name characteristics of maritime shipping and distinguish them from other modes of transport (1) as well as explain them from a transport economic point of view (2)
  • describe the meaning of the most important transport documents in the field of shipping (2)
  • explain and compare the costing of container and general cargo transport (2) and calculate (3)
  • compare (2) and evaluate (5) offers from shipping companies and railway operators
  • organise transport to/from overseas in the main (3)
  • describe essential trends and innovations in maritime shipping (1) and forecast possible effects (2)

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