Shipping Economics and Analytics

ENE431 Shipping Economics and Analytics

Spring 2022

  • Topics

    • Introduction to models and data-driven analytics for shipping markets
    • Commercial contracts for ships and the functioning of the chartering markets.
    • The differing market structure, competition and business strategies in selected shipping sectors
    • Business risks and risk management in shipping
    • Regulatory and environmental issues in international shipping
    • The financing of shipping assets

  • Learning outcome

    Upon successful completion of the course, the candidate


    • understands the economic mechanisms driving the international shipping markets.
    • is familiar with recent development in data-driven analysis applied to the freight markets and ship operation.
    • understands how to apply advanced economic models and concepts in international shipping


    • finds, synthesizes, and presents information on the international shipping
    • can apply economic theory to varied strategic issues and practical problems facing shipping companies
    • considers the economic, political and ethical issues relevant to the shipping industries
    • can communicate with industry practitioners using correct terminology

    General Competence

    • communicates problems, methods and solutions from the analyses both in writing and orally
    • exchanges opinions and experiences with others with a background in the field

  • Teaching

    The mix between online and physical in-person teaching in the course will be determined by local and national guidance related to the Corona situation.

    We will in any case take advantage of online teaching to involve more international experts from the shipping industry to give digital guest lectures as an integral part of the teaching schedule.

    About 30% of each lecture will be devoted to a mini case study to be solved in groups.

  • Recommended prerequisites

    Background knowledge in finance (discounting and net present value, options), microeconomics (supply and demand functions, elasticities) and statistics (probability distributions, expectation, standard deviation, variance, and regressions)

  • Required prerequisites


  • Credit reduction due to overlap


  • Requirements for course approval

    A group-based written assignment must be submitted and approved (approved/not approved basis) to obtain course approval (English only).

  • Assessment

    The course is assessed in two parts: an oral exam (40% of final grade) and a written 4-hour individual digital home exam (60%). The oral exam is a group-based presentation (groups of max four students) to the class on one of a list of prescribed topics from the shipping markets. The language of the exam is English only. The presentation will take place digitally using Zoom or in the auditorium if the situation allows.

    If you wish to retake an exam, you have to retake both the oral and written exams in the same semester.

  • Grading Scale


  • Computer tools

    PC: Word, Powerpoint, Excel,

  • Literature

    Selected academic articles to be made available through Canvas/Leganto.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn. Offered Autumn 2021.

Course responsible

Professor Roar Ådland, Department of Business and Management Science

Assistant Professor Haiying Jia, Department of Business and Management Science