Coastal and Marine Engineering and Managment - CoMEM

Programme content Track 2

Track 2  - Marine Operations and Management (City)

Learning objectives Track 2


Track 2 combines the CITY focus on maritime operations, technology, maritime management, business, economics, finance, law, planning and accounting, and the NTNU studies on the description of the ocean environment and port and coastal issues with UPC's courses on sustainable coastal development for natural ecosystems and human safety aspects. Thus, the knowledge and skills obtained by students at NTNU and UPC will provide the scientific and technical foundations, which are necessary, to be able to undertake real projects. Such projects require knowledge of financial, technical, and legal issues and must be managed accordingly if they are to be successful. This track provides the students with the knowledge and skills, which are necessary to take up positions of greater responsibility and to move from mainly operational to managerial and strategic positions.


The graduate from the Maritime Operations and Management track should obtain many skills and some of these are:

  • Understand the fundamental technologies which underpin the maritime industry and their cost and effects on safety and the environment.
  • Apply risk based methods and hazard identification to representative maritime situations.
  • Develop analytical and management solutions for the key features which define maritime operations.
  • Evaluate the important features of operational logistics.
  • Understand the significant legal aspects of maritime problems and issues and the strategies to resolve such issues.
  • Evaluate sources of legal advice, expertise and information for the implementation into management strategies and actions.
  • Interpret the outcomes of financial policies and their impact upon resources.
  • Develop methods of financial accounting for the measurement of profit, planning and control .
  • Be able to evaluate the technical and operational implications of management decisions.
  • Appraise the logistics role of shipping and ports in the global supply chain.
  • Explain the economics and dynamics of freight markets.
  • Interpret the various processes, procedures and practices for effective leadership and management of organisations.
  • Evaluate proposals for the strategic management of resources and case preparation for the change management in the maritime environment.

General competence

Upon completing Track 2, the graduate should have acquired competence in the following:

  • Maritime operations and technology and related business environments in which they work.
  • Analysing the business, legal and economic environment for a service industry.
  • Evaluating the design and operation of ships, offshore and related structures.
  • Application of models of leadership and management to a range of maritime activities.
  • Analysing the environmental impact of maritime activities and their influence upon the management of the amenity.
  • Devising solutions to complex issues within maritime and business operations.
  • Using inter maritime resources effectively for independent research and comment.
  • Understanding the legal, economic and environmental frameworks in which maritime business operate

List of Compulsory and Optional Courses are posted in the Study Guide (See the For students tab)