Profession ship planner

Ship planners develop and implement plans for loading and unloading ships, without them becoming unstable.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Enterprising

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Knowledge

  • 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.

Skills

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

electronic communication respond to changing navigation circumstances show intercultural awareness operate marine communication systems anticipate potential deficiencies negotiate logistics services act reliably use maritime english perform data analysis continuous improvement philosophies