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Hindustan Times
New Delhi, December 04, 2012
First Published: 18:33 IST(4/12/2012)
Last Updated: 18:38 IST(4/12/2012)
King of the ring: Despite the introduction of faster modes of transportation, marine logistics still remains one of the mainstays of the international movement of goods

The lowdown


Marine logistics involves overseeing the movement of goods by sea. Besides navigation and engineering, all the other operations related to ports/terminals and actual maritime transportation come under marine logistics. It includes scheduling, marketing of space, booking of cargo, safe transportation of cargo from one point to another, loading and unloading, supervision and liaison with customers. In the last two decades, increased globalisation has witnessed a significant growth in the movement of goods across international borders. Despite the development in technology and introduction of faster modes of transportation, shipping or marine logistics still remains one of the mainstays of the international movement of goods. Therefore, this sector has the maximum scope of employment from entry level to management levels. It varies from managing ships to managing the ports, to marketing of many related services

Clockwork
9.30am: Reach at the office and check mails, sends enquiries to agents, take feedback from field operation staff
10.30am to 11.30am: Coordination meetings with sales people and general manager on issues and prospects
11.30am to 1pm: Call the customer for updates, fresh bookings and learn about immediate prospect
1.45pm to 3pm: Quotation and solution preparation. Get approvals from general manager where necessary and send them to customers
3.30pm to 4pm: Spend time with documentation staff for customer related updates and issues
4pm to 5pm: Preparation and despatch of daily status reports to customers

The payoff
At entry level a candidate with a professional degree can earn anything between Rs. 3.5 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh per annum. After acquiring work experience of six to eight years, he/she can get around Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 12 lakh per annum. At senior level, a person with experience of 20 years, can get anything around Rs. 45 lakh to Rs. 60 lakh per annum

Skills/TRAITS
* Good knowledge of maritime vessels, marine engineering, wireless technology, hydrography
* Hands-on experience of working on ships
* Domain knowledge of a particular industry 
* Knowledge of supply chain management is essential at the managerial level
* In-depth marine knowledge with adequate sailing experience

Getting there
There are two streams in marine logistics: nautical science and engineering. Admission to maritime training institutes is through a test after Class 12 (only for science students). For nautical science, do a three-year BSc programme and for marine engineering, a four-year BTech. After graduation, join as apprentice and appear in different levels of competency exams after requisite sailing experience. A graduate may get into marine logistics after doing a related MBA programme from a reputable institute

Institutes and URLs
* Training Ship Chanakya, Navi Mumbai www.dgshipping.com/dgship/final/allied_tri1tsc.htm
* Marine Engineering and Research Institute (MERI), Mumbai and Kolkata
    www.merical.ac.in
* Indian Maritime University, Chennai
    www.imu.tn.nic.in/
* National Ship Design & Research Centre, Visakhapatnam
    www.nsdrc.com

Pros and cons
* It is a sunrise industry, hence growth prospects are good
* Salary is low at entry level but it increases as you go up the ladder
* In the pecking order of organisational functions, supply chain and logistics is not considered as important as marketing, manufacture or finance

Marine logistics offers excellent career opportunities at all levels as growth in India’s international trade is twice the GDP --SL Ganapathi, chairman, supply chain and logistics centre of excellence at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, College of Vocational Education, Mumbai


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