Strategic Port Management for Senior Management 

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They are part of international supply chain networks, the effectiveness of which drives trade competitiveness.

Ports have a key role in facilitating trade, playing a critical interface between marine and land based transportation. They are part of international supply chain networks, the effectiveness of which drives trade competitiveness.

  • There are more than 2000 ports around the world, from small ports handling a few hundreds tons a year to large multi purpose faculties handling more than 450 million tons a year.
  • Total world port traffic in 2006 was around 14.8 billion tons. While the overall traffic has been growing at 4 to 6% per annum, world container port traffic has been expanding at 10 - 12% per annum during the recent years. In 2007, the figure had crossed 484 million TEUs.
  • World port traffic is made of liquid bulk (45%), dry bulk (23%) and general cargo including containers (32%).
  • Developing countries are the major engines for port development today, fuelled by their high economic growth rates.
  • More than 80% of trade with origins or destinations in developing countries, in tonnage, is through seas.
  • In 2005, world total freight payment as a proportion of total import value was about 5.9%. This figure was about 4.8% for developed countries and 7.7% for developing countries, reflecting the relative efficiencies in the logistics chain.

The port scenario in India is potentially on a high growth track, playing a significant role in the economic development of the country.

  • India is facing galloping growth in international trade (20 to 25% annual growth over the past three years). 95% of India's trade by volume and 77% by value move through Indian ports.
  • There are 12 major port administrations. There are over 187 non-major ports. In 2009-10, Indian ports handled about 800mt of traffic (531 mt at major ports and 202 mt at non-major ports).

    Ports have major bottlenecks, resulting in a 12% freight payment as a proportion of total import value. Significant efforts are on to develop infrastructure and services at ports, including through privatization.

Given the above and in the context of;

  • specific needs of multimodal transport and effective supply chains and
  • privatization of ports and the increased involvement of private players in port activities

There is a need to evolve strategic perspectives for ports driven by strategic thinking among the senior management, for which a management development programme could be one of the essential vehicles.


  • To enhance strategic decision-making skills through analysis and integrated perspective
  • To understand core general management concepts as applicable to the ports sector


  • Senior management (functional heads) and prospective senior managers from the ports, shipping, and related logistics services within the maritime sector globally.
  • The programme addresses fundamental strategic concerns since there is interest in India as a growing port, logistics, and trade market.
  • The programme is supported by the Indian Ports Association for participation from the major ports of India.


  • International trade, economics and regulations
  • Strategic management in a competitive environment
  • Marketing management
  • Supply chain management
  • Operations management
  • Finance management



  • Case-based approach
  • Syndicate discussions and presentations
  • Management games and exercises
  • Reflections and integration


Ernesto Noronha                         Capt. Yashoverman Sharma
Ajay Pandey                                  
G. Raghuram (Coordinator)      
Chetan Soman
Biju Varkkey
Sanjay Verma


The programme will be offered as a joint activity between Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) and International Maritime Training Centre (IMTC), Mumbai. IIMA is among the top management schools in Asia, with a strong research base of infrastructure development including ports. IMTC is a fully owned subsidiary of Wilhelmsen Maritime Services, a leading global provider of services to the maritime industry. IMTC has a rich experience of training maritime personnel ashore and afloat and brings a global orientation to the training. Jointly, the two institutions have been involved in the successful delivery of the one-week General Management for Shipping Programme, which has been offered eleven times in the past six years.


Kasturbhai Lalbhai Management Development Centre (KLMDC), IIMA main Campus, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad.
Participants will be provided furnished, air-conditioned accommodation on single occupancy basis at KLMDC.


Rs. 80,000 per participant from India and SAARC countries including India (US$ 2,500 for participants from non-SAARC countries). The fee is payable in advance. It covers programme sessions, teaching material, computer time, room and board expenses.

* 10.3% Service Tax on the programme fee will be levied EXTRA.

Fee can be paid by demand draft or at par cheque in favour of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. Alternately, the fee can be paid through Bank Wire Transfer (ECS). Here are the relevant details.

  • For credit to Savings Bank A/c. No. 032010100040460, IIM, Ahmedabad Axis Bank, Vastrapur Branch (RTGS Code: UTIB0000032)
  • Name of Remitter:  
    (Please mention the name of the sponsoring organization)
  • Purpose of Remittance: MDP - Strategic Port Management for Senior Management
  • IIMA Permanent Account Number (PAN): AAATI1247F

Please Do inform us the complete transaction details so that we can connect the same.

No refund of fee is allowed unless the Institute receives the intimation on withdrawal at least 10 days before the programme commences.

INCOME TAX EXEMPTION: The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, holds income-tax exemption certificate No. ITO TDS-1/197 Certi./13-74/08-09 dated 23/05/2008 under section 197(l)of the I.T. Act, 1961, issued by Income Tax Officer, TDS-1, Ahmedabad, which is valid up to March 31, 2009. Therefore, tax on professional fee paid may not be deducted at source.


Organizational sponsorship is required in almost all cases. Nominations shouldreach the Manager (MDP) not later than 30th September , 2011.


All inquiries may be addressed to
the Manager (MDP), I
ndian Institute of Management,
Vastrapur, Ahmedabad 380 015.
Phone:    91-79-6632 4071-7 / 91-79-65449057
Fax: (MDP) 91-79-2630 0352 / (General) 2630 6896


Participants become members of the IIMA Alumni Asso¬ciation on completion of the programme. The alumni enjoy several benefits with regard to the Institute's publications, facilities, and activities.

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, AHMEDABAD (IIMA), was set up by the Government of India in collaboration with the Government of Gujarat and Indian industry as an autonomous institution in 1961. The Institute provides education, training, consulting, and research facilities in management.

The Institute conducts the following major programmes:

  • Two-Year Post-Graduate Programme in Management (equivalent to MBA)
  • Two-Year Post-Graduate Programme in Agri-business Management (equivalent to MBA)
  • Fellow Programme in Management (equivalent to Ph.D.)
  • One-Year Post-Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (PGPX, equivalent to MBA)
  • Management Development Programmes (MDPs) for industry, business, agricultural and rural sectors, and public systems covering education, health, transport, and population. In the last 49 years, over 45,500 managers have participated in various MDPs.
  • Faculty Development Programme for teachers in universities and colleges.

   The Institute has about 84 faculty members working in the following management areas  and sectors:

Business Policy • Communications • Economics • Finance and Accounting • Marketing • Organizational Behaviour • Personnel and Industrial Relations • Production and Quantitative Methods

INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTRES AND GROUPS Centre for Innovation, Incubation, and Entrepreneurship • Centre for Infrastructure Policy and Regulation • Centre for Management in Agriculture • Centre for Management of Health Services • Centre for Retailing • Computer and Information Systems Group • Faculty Development Centre
Gender Resource Centre • Insurance Research Centre • Public Systems Group • Ravi J. Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation

Kasturbhai Lalbhai Management Development Centre (KLMDC) located on the main campus, and International Management Development Centre (IMDC) located on the new campus, provide an academic and learning environment for participants of the Management Development Programmes. All rooms are air-conditioned and have internet connectivity. There are separate dining halls, a reading lounge, classrooms, an auditorium (with audio-visual and computer projection facilities), syndicate rooms, and a computer lab with LAN and internet connectivity. Recreation facilities exist for indoor and outdoor games (badminton, TT, carrom, chess, volleyball, and cricket). Participants can also take advantage of the Institute's library.





January 2017