Profession ship planner
Ship planners manage the performance of a vessel. They ensure the safety of the vessel and its cargo, its operationality and link available vessels to available cargos in order to maximise the profitability of the voyages. They ensure that each container ship is loaded to its optimal capacity, while keeping berth times and handling costs to a minimum. They also plan the maintenance and overhaul of the ship, as well as the crew needed.
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- Principles of cargo stowage
Understand the principles of cargo stowage. Understand procedures by which containers should be efficiently loaded and unloaded, taking into account gravitational forces that are exerted during transportation.
- Match vessels to shipping routes
Understand how particular types of ships are transport different kinds of cargo and operate on different shipping routes. Know the current maritime routes to plan and schedule the arrival and departure of ships from ports.
- Cargo industry
Thoroughly understand the cargo industry and its stakeholders, the structure of the industry and common challenges, and the operations of freight forwarders, airline cargo units, and others.
- International regulations for cargo handling
International conventions governing the loading and unloading of cargo in ports.
- Maritime telecommunications
Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting equipment and overall operation of telecommunications systems.
- Vessel stability principles
Thoroughly understand the principles of vessel stability; follow safety requirements during loading and unloading of cargo.
- International Maritime Organisation conventions
Know International Maritime Organisation (IMO) conventions in order to maximise the efficiency and safety of international shipping.
- Types of maritime vessels
Know a large variety of maritime vessels and their characteristics and specifications. Use that knowledge to ensure that all security, technical, and maintenance measures are taken into account in their supply.
- Maritime transportation technology
Understand maritime transportation technology and stay up-to-date with the latest findings in the field. Apply this knowledge in operations and decision-making while on-board.
- National regulations on handling cargo
The national regulations governing the loading and unloading of cargo in ports within that country.
- Measure ship tonnage
Measure ships to identify cargo hold and storage capacities.
- Ensure customer focus
Attitude that puts customers at the centre of the business in all cases.
- Recruit employees
Hire new employees by scoping the job role, advertising, performing interviews and selecting staff in line with company policy and legislation.
- Consider constraints in maritime shipping
Consider multiple constraints specific to maritime shipping such as: the maximum draught of ships; the depth of channels and canals; tide measures; and the respective impact on load capacity. Create detailed scenarios and integrate them into shipping planning.
- Read stowage plans
Read and comprehend content of stowage plans; basic knowledge of how to stow various types of cargo.
- Operate scientific measuring equipment
Operate devices, machinery, and equipment designed for scientific measurement. Scientific equipment consists of specialised measuring instruments refined to facilitate the acquisition of data.
- Think analytically
Produce thoughts using logic and reasoning in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Apply company policies
Apply the principles and rules that govern the activities and processes of an organisation.
- Manage safety standards for inland water transport
Manage and maintain safety standards and procedures in the field of inland water transport. Ensure that before dispatching any vessel, all regulations and standards are met. May also be required to act as a member of an Emergency Response Team.
- Prepare visual data
Prepare charts and graphs in order to present data in a visual manner.
- Supervise unloading of cargo
Supervise unloading processes for equipment, cargo, goods and other items. Ensure that everything is handled and stored correctly in accordance with regulations and standards.
- Plan transport operations
Plan mobility and transport for different departments, in order to obtain the best possible movement of equipment and materials. Negotiate the best possible delivery rates; compare different bids and select the most reliable and cost-effective bid.
- Implement strategic planning
Take action on the goals and procedures defined at a strategic level in order to mobilise resources and pursue the established strategies.
- Calculate the amount of cargo on a vessel
Determine the weight of cargo on tanker ships and cargo vessels. Calculate the exact amount of loaded cargo or cargo to be discharged.
- Oversee shipment routing
Organise the distribution of the cargo, also known as 'forwarding'. Take into account the instructions of the client and determine where regular routing or various routings may be required.
- Plan teamwork
Plan the working schedule of a group of people in order to meet all time and quality requirements.
- Implement cost-effective cargo handling strategies on ships
Implement cost-effective strategies for loading and unloading of cargo on ships with the aim of maximising efficiency, reducing the resources expended, and assuring sufficient operations while increasing profit.
- Operate maritime communication equipment
Operate and maintain maritime communication devices; conduct periodic inspections of communication equipment.
- Ensure safe loading of goods according to stowage plan
Monitor and ensure the safe and secure loading of materials and goods, as specified in the stowage plan.
- Handle shipment risks
Handle risky or dangerous cargo; ensure that that every shipment operation is executed in an appropriate manner; calculate cargo weight; ensure that cranes are correctly positioned; see that containers fit into shipment.
- Monitor the discharge of cargo
Develop cargo discharge plan and monitor the performance of the cranes that offload cargo from the vessel; ensure that relevant occupational safety requirements are met at all times.
- Follow ethical code of conduct in transport services
Carry out transport services according to accepted principles of right and wrong. This includes principles of fairness, transparency, and impartiality.
- Apply regulations on cargo transport operations
Display knowledge of relevant local, national, European and international regulations, standards, and codes concerning the operation of freight transport.
- Have computer literacy
Utilise computers, IT equipment and modern day technology in an efficient way.
- Use different communication channels
Use various types of communication channels such as verbal, handwritten, digital and telephonic communication with the aim of constructing and sharing information and ideas.
- Operate radio equipment
Set up and operate radio devices and accessories, such as broadcast consoles, amplifiers, and microphones. Understand the basics of radio operator language and, when necessary, provide instruction in handling radio equipment correctly.
- Maximise efficiency of crane operations
Minimise crane operations, additional crane movements, or 're-stows' by effectively planning the organisations of containers in vessels. Analyse delivery schedules and movements for maximum efficiency, minimum cost, and smooth operations.
- Communicate with customers
Respond to and communicate with customers in the most efficient and appropriate manner to enable them to access the desired products or services, or any other help they may require.
- Prepare documentation for international shipping
Understand how to prepare and process official documents for international shipping.
- Compose stowage plans
Compose stowage plans; knowledge of ballast systems and cargo loading process.
- Write work-related reports
Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.
- Use equipment for safe stowage
Use tools and equipment to perform safe stowage and ensure proper loading and securing of goods.
- Maintain voyage logs
Maintain a written records of events during a ship or aeroplane voyage.
- Possess visual literacy
Interpret charts, maps, graphics, and other pictorial presentations used in place of the written word. The graphics used vary from process to process; therefore, the professional must have sufficient knowledge of the field in order to follow and use the information presented.
- Develop shipping itineraries
Develop a total journey scenario using equipment and specialised software. Plot multiple port voyages while optimising utilisation of cargo space and ship capacity throughout the entire voyage.
- Comply with legal regulations
Ensure you are properly informed of the legal regulations that govern a specific activity and adhere to its rules, policies and laws.
- Operate stowage programmes
Operate stowage programmes used for controlling stability in vessels, loading operations, and cargo planning processes. Interpret graphical interfaces, stowage data and scenario variables.
- Interpret graphical communication interfaces
Have the capacity to understand the various shapes and representations used in the schematics and 3D isometric model presented by communication programmes.
- Analyse ship operations
Provide a snapshot of ship[ operations and the manner in which systems are operated and maintained. Provide information for action that could be taken to improve performance, or to correct weaknesses.
- Handle customer requests related to cargo
Handle requests of port users and customers in the field of containers, shipping arrangements or cargo.
- Supervise loading of cargo
Supervise the process of loading equipment, cargo, goods and other Items. Ensure that all cargo is handled and stored properly in accordance with regulations and standards.