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ØKB3130 Sustainable Shipping Economics

Course description for academic year 2023/2024

Contents and structure

The subject starts with a historical view on maritime industry, including the current role, as well as the cyclic nature of shipping. The four main markets will then be described; Newbuilding, chartering, purchase & sale, as well as scrapping of ships. After this there will be a presentation of revenues and expenses of a shipping company, and optimization of these, as well as a review of how ships are financed. Furthermore, one goes through the most important chartering markets with associated ship types before a finish with focus on some of the political and regulatory actors relevant to the maritime industry. A vital part of the course is to emphasize the sustainability focus in the maritime industry.

Learning Outcome


You :

  • have a historical overview of the maritime industry and its current role in international trade
  • have knowledge of the individual shipping markets; Newbuildings, chartering, purchase & sales as well as scrapping
  • can explain how the parties in the maritime sector operate commercially and their process of financing
  • have knowledge of the main freight markets and their associated ship types
  • have a basic overview of organizations such as Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) International Maritime Organisation (IMO), and International Labour Organisation (ILO).
  • have knowledge about sustainable shipping



  • can perform an analysis of supply and demand in the individual shipping market and know how this affects the prices
  • can perform basic calculations and profitability calculations of freight
  • can explain different funding methods for buying ships, and the advantages and disadvantages of each method
  • can evaluate different chartering strategies based on market segments
  • can explain central political and regulatory governancein shipping
  • has a comprehensive understanding of the maritime industry, interaction between the different parties in the industry and sustainable shipping

General competence


  • have a basic understanding of maritime industry, including knowledge of the history and the role of the industry in international trade today, with particular focus on sustainability in decision-making in shipping companies

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge


Teaching methods

Lectures with discussions, discussions and problemsolving based on individual or group assignments, oral presentations.

Session-based teaching

Compulsory learning activities

One individual written assignment, one written assignment in groups of 2-3 students and two oral presentations in class


Project in groups of 2-3 students 100 %. Grade scale A - F

Examination support material

All printed and hand-written support material is allowed.

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • EVØ-ØKB3201 - Shippingøkonomi - Reduction: 7 studypoints