CET859 Multi-modal Transport and Sea Freight Management

Course Provider

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE)



Academic Unit



The objective of this course is to provide fundamental and emerging concepts of multi-modal transportation, including ocean freight.

This course will examine, in detail, the enhanced role of transport in logistics, inter-modal transportation systems, Carrier characteristics, Carrier pricing, Carrier selection, and Transportation cost. Other related issues including Sea Freight network design, Regulatory issues in transportation versus carrier liabilities and Sea Transport insurance will also be explored.


This course is part of:

- Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Engineering
- FlexiMasters in Supply Chain Engineering

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The overall objective of this course is to equip participants with the necessary conceptual framework and analytical tools to manage multi-modal and ocean transport functions.

By the end of this course, the participants will:

(1) appreciate and understand different transportation functions, with regards to multimodal transport, including ocean freight;

(2) be able to create a transportation network design to optimize shipping operations and;

(3) have a creative understanding of cross utilization of different modes of transport.

As 90% of World cargo moves by sea, this course will focus on how various forms of Multi-modal operations is linked and supports sea transport. As globalization is spearheading economic growth in various countries, finding effective and efficient methods of transport whether by Sea, Air or Land will be imperative to enhancing the value chain of the product. This course also brings out the relevance, challenges, and plausible solutions to a new world normal, in light of the covid 19 pandemic – high freight rates, congestion in transportation nodes, to name just a couple.

Multimodal Transportation Management

• Introduction to Multimodal Transport
• Road Transportation & Cross Border Operations
• Containerisation and Multimodal transportation
• Rail Transport Development

Sea Freight Operations Management

• Overview of Sea Freight Management
• Vessels & Container Specifications
• Shipping documentation requirements
• Role of port and carriers

Pricing, Costing, Regulatory Issues

• Freight Quotations & Job Costing
• Cargo Packing & Damage
• International Conventions for Transportation of Goods
• Dangerous Goods

Working adults from the industry, professionals seeking mid-career change or fresh graduates with relevant background.

Standard Course Fee: S$1,296

SSG Funding Support

Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes

Fee BEFORE funding & GST

Fee AFTER funding & 8% GST

Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)



Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)


SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
(Up to 90% funding)

NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click  here for more information. 

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    Mr Kenneth Tan

    Director and Principal Consultant, The Shipping Academy

    Mr Kenneth Tan has more than 30 years of Shipping and Supply Chain Management experience working with NOL, APL, CMA CGM Liner Carriers, and PCL Bulk ships with different senior management roles in Operations, Marketing, and Sales, Liner Planning and Pricing, Project Cargoes/Dangerous Goods Carriage Expertise. He left the APL Group as Head of APL Bunker Operations in 2013 and started his consultancy in 2014 - The Shipping Academy - focusing on maritime consultancy and training.

    Notwithstanding he worked closely with MINDEF, Jurong Port, Unilever, SABIC, Mckensey & Co., and BP to name a few. He was head-hunted back to head PCL/PACC ( A member of the Kuok Group of Companies ) in 2018 till 2021 running the Singapore/Pasir Gudang and Singapore/Pontianak Feeder Services. Kenneth continues to share his experience and knowledge in NTU, SMU, SLA, and SUSS as an associate lecturer. Many of his adult/master's students have benefited greatly from his enthusiastic delivery and fact-filled lectures. Kenneth makes his lectures easy to understand and highly practical for both the beginner to the well-trained professional. 

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    CET860 Decision Making under Uncertainty1
    CET861 Optimization of Supply and Transportation Networks1
    CET862 Decision Analytics and Applications1
    CET863 Sales and Operations Planning1
    CET864 Resource and Capacity Planning 2
    CET865 Introduction to Supply Chain Management1
    CET866 Supply Network Design & Inventory Management1
    CET867 Advanced Topics in Supply Chain Management1
    CET868 Strategic Sourcing and Procurement2
    CET869 Effective Supplier Management & Development1

    Listed courses are:

    • Credit-bearing and stackable to Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Engineering (total 9AUs) and FlexiMasters in Supply Chain Engineering (total 15AUs).
    • SkillsFuture Credit approved.