The multipurpose terminal is already present in ports all over the world for many years. It is however only in recent years that the concept has been given practical expression in a number of European ports.
For many years far-reaching changes affecting the shape of the industry as a whole and of specific sectors have been taking place at an ever-increasing pace in marine transport technology. The share of traditional cargo vessels in marine traffic has gradually declined and new types of vessels, some specialized, others multipurpose, have come to the fore, among them:
- Container ships;
- Roll-on, roll-off vessels;
- Small bulk carriers for specialized trades;
- Bulk carriers adapted for semi-bulk cargoes (forest products, iron and steel, fruits);
- Mixed types of vessel for routes where cargo availability is unstable (container/bulk carriers, container/ro-ro vessels);
- Conventional vessels equipped to carry some containers.
Cargo is also shipped in new forms or variations of traditional forms, such as:
- Unitized cargoes, which may be palletized; Roll-on cargo;
- Bulk non-bagged solid cargo;
- Unitized cargo replacing bulk (e.g., pulp); Unitized cargo of heavier unit weight.
These developments result in major changes in the demand for non-specialized port services and this demand cannot be satisfied technically or economically by the services offered by old-style general cargo or specialized terminals. In this context the multipurpose terminal plays an important role.
In this short course of 6 hours, the Multipurpose Terminal Operations course is to develop a candidates proficient in the aspects of Multipurpose Terminal Operations and who is able to work safely and efficiently at all times. The variety of activities in a Multipurpose Terminal makes it a challenging and exiting place to work. The more a candidate is aware of the operational aspects of working on a Multipurpose Terminal, the better the cohesion in processes will be.
This program is designed for all potential and actual operational staff within multipurpose terminals including:
- Shift managers
- Shift Superintendents
- Cargo and Equipment coordinators
- Equipment operators
- Ship planners and Yard planners
- Tally clerks
The course is suitable for operational staff members and given on a vocational level.
The course will be provided initially in the English language.