Introduction to the module. Shipping fundamentals and shipping business practice. Maritime transport: the cargo/ship system. Analysis of principal cargo traits. Cargoes and shore-based infrastructure. Matching cargoes and vessels. Vessel organisation: Crew. The structure of the managing office and vessel and cargo requirements. Elements of chartering: Worldscale. Maximising chartering revenue: Voyage estimate. Chartering and loading procedures. Post-fixture. Managing ships in the era of quality: Minimizing complications and claims related to cargoes and transport processes. New practices in the management of tonnage with special risks. Case study. Introduction to the future “digital shipping”.