STC International operates in the Maritime & Offshore, Port & Terminals and Transport & Logistics industries and offers training and education programmes on both operational and management level. From Pilot training & education, Mobile harbour crane training and Terminal planning to Ship management, Port management and Supply chain management. In close cooperation with STC Publishing, STC Training & Consultancy and STC KNRM we provide standard courses as well as tailor made programmes. For more information about our tailor made programmes, please contact us.


Manager Port Operations
Ports and transport of goods by sea have always played a vital role in the global economy and will continue to be of great importance due to ever increasing globalisation and liberalisation of markets. Ports are the vital link between sea and land and the efficiency and effectiveness of ports are of utmost importance in the competitiveness of a port in a region. Just as important is the operational management of a wide variety of terminals, including its safety and security. Moreover, the finance and economics in a port environment determine the success of a total port. Still, human capital is of utmost importance in the growth of seaborne trade and its impact on ports.

The MPO programme includes all aspects of modern port operations and is a valuable asset to your organization and country. It provides the necessary tools to take up a future leadership role or management position at a port authority, port terminal or shipping related organisation and teaches how to make informed management decisions regarding functional issues. This Bachelor level programme is especially aimed at the practical side of port operations and is a valuable step for people seeking to reach a diploma in higher education in the field of Port & Terminal Management and Operations.

Upon completion of the programme, participants will have an excellent understanding of port operations, meeting the needs and requirements to act at management level in maritime, port, transport and logistics organisations.

Course 2019 Rotterdam: 23 September – 13 December 2019
Price: upon request

Paulo Solar (Chilean student), my experience after MPO Programme at STC Rotterdam:
After MPO in 2015, I returned to Ultramar Agencia Maritima (Shipping Agency), Chile and they offered me an interesting challenge, to be a Business Analyst of Containers Logistics. That was how I changed from “execute processes” to “analyst how improve processes”.  In 2017, I started a new challenge as Head of the website of Ultramar Shipping Agency. My responsibility was to change the way of how to do the port transactions, moving its from diligences on site in each branch to the website transactions through digitalization. At the beginning of 2018, Pantos Logistics (Freight forwarding of the LG group) invited me to join them as Operations Manager, assuming the responsibility of controlling sea and air operation in Chili. In May 2018, I opened my own company together with two partners: Ignis Processes and Logistics SpA. “Ignis Pro” is a new company borned to offer technological solutions for the shipping and transport industries. Through the experience and knowledge I have gained, Ignis Pro is the best partner to deliver satisfactory experiences to customers through efficient processes with methodologies of continuous improvement. 

For more information, read our leaflet Manager Port Operations.


Maritime Supply Chain Management
About 90% of the world trade is carried by the international maritime shipping industry. Being the vital link between sea and land, this amount of seaborne trade also has a significant impact on ports. Being a competitive industry, ports have to focus on efficiency, effectiveness and cost reduction in the maritime supply chain. Good hinterland connections, including shortsea shipping, contribute significantly to the attractiveness of ports and terminals. Therefore, it is important to have a good understanding of the transport, logistics and supply chain, as well as the connections to ports and terminals. Ports and terminals play a central role in the connection between the water and land domain of the maritime supply chain. In relation to this, legal components play an important role as well, just as the brokering and chartering of ships.

The Maritime Supply Chain Management (MSCM) programme includes all aspects of the modern supply chain. It provides the necessary tools to take up a future leadership role or management position and teaches participants how to make informed management decisions related to MSCM. Therefore, this Bachelor level programme is a valuable step for people seeking to reach a diploma in higher education in the field of Maritime Supply Chain Management.

Upon completion of the programme, the participants will have an excellent understanding of ports, logistics and management skills, meeting the needs and requirements to act at management level in logistic organisations which business is related to the maritime sector.

Review on MSCM Programme September 2018:
Bringing it all together in the total maritime supply chain, the focus of this programme is on the water domain, the land domain and the interface between the two; the port. The programme emphasizes the international character of our organization, bringing participants from all over the world together for this international learning experience.
Starting at the end of September 2018 for a period of 3 months, participants from Colombia, Nicaragua, Peru, Surinam and Vietnam came together to study and work individual and in teams to increase their knowledge on the maritime supply chain. Within three months, the participants became specialists in the aspects of the maritime supply chain and provided with the opportunity to share this knowledge in their home country. Besides the broad knowledge increase, international networks were formed between the participants enabling business in the (near) future.
With lecturers assigned to specific topics matching their field of expertise, the participants were exposed to the latest trends and knowledge regarding the maritime supply chain. . During the programme, theoretical models were used in a practical environment for training purposes to make the theory come to live and work on team spirit. This provides the participants with the opportunity to make a significant impact in their future careers. We are looking forward to welcome our next group for this course in March 2020.

For more information, read our leaflet Maritime Supply Chain Management.


Port Management Programme 2019, 14-18 October
During the five-day programme the candidates learn about the main aspect of world class port management.

Themes like port planning and development, innovation, energy transition, digitalization, stakeholder management and port commercial business will be extensively discussed. Included is the micro-game called “Port Constructor”, which will give you a chance to gain practical insight into what is involved in managing and developing a port while dealing with issues like people, planet, prosperity. Candidates will be challenged to understand and use their analytical mind-set to confront these challenges.

The programme consists of five modules:

  • Port basics
  • Port business
  • Port infrastructure and planning
  • Port management
  • Future outlook

In the modules theory and best practices are combined with field visits.

Join us!
To join,  visit our website regularly. You will find more information about the programme soon on our website .  

The Port Management Programme is being offered by the Port of Rotterdam in cooperation with STC International.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Port Management Team:

  • Mrs. Brenda Bussem          
  • Ms. Elisangela da Conceição
  • Mr. Sander Wubbolts         

Errors and omissions excepted.