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Date Venue Fees
19 - 23 Aug 2024 Dubai - UAE $5,950
16 - 20 Dec 2024 Dubai - UAE $5,950
Course Description


Containers are the most important mean of intermodal transportation. As a consequence of the container revolution Container ships represent approximately one eighth of the total world fleet, but they are essential for the transport of goods all over the world. As the container yard (CY) is a physical facility from which ocean carriers accept and deliver containers, as well as issue and receive back empty containers. Typically have a CY cut-off date by which the container must be delivered in order to be loaded onto the scheduled sailing. 

 This Container Yard Operation training course is designed to provide the delegates with the fundamental understanding of how containerized commerce drives container terminal operations, and how those operations drive infrastructure. The Container Yard Operation training course syllabus covers the Operations and Management of the yard as a dynamic industry where the training course attendees gain detailed knowledge of container yard / terminals trends shaping their development, such as the drivers of container traffic growth, ever-larger ships, innovative equipment, and evolving trade routes requiring new container terminals.

This GLOMACS Container Yard Operation training course highlights;

  • The Containerization Business and the Role of Container Terminals
  • Types of Containers and Container Ships
  • Container Terminal / Yard Configuration & Characteristics
  • Container Terminal / Yard Planning, Operations & Management
  • Security & Safety Management of Container Yard


This Container Yard Operation training course is aimed at developing the attendees’ skills, knowledge and expertise required for a successful career with an appreciation of the key practical issues for anyone involved with the Container Yard Operation & Management. 

The main objectives of this Container Yard Operation training course shall include:

  • Understanding the importance of the container business and its involvement in achieving the maritime transportation innovation.
  • Examine the different types and characteristics of containers used in the global transportation of a variety of goods
  • Analyse the infrastructure, configuration and layout of a container Yard.
  • Explain how to develop ground loads for containers in any storage configuration.
  • Examines the characteristics and the growing sizes of container ships.
  • Explores the operation elements of container yard starting from pre ship arrival preparation throughout the container movement process.
  • Estimate the maximum practical throughput capacity of a container yard and estimate the required cranes.
  • Estimate the ground area required to serve specific throughput demands.
  • Prepare a safe container yard ground striping plan for specific equipment types.
  • Estimate the working and storage track required to serve specific transportation demands.
  • Appraise some of the key Health Safety Security & Environmental issues in container terminals and how they are managed.
  • Describe Causes for Damaged Containers in Ports
  • Apply Container Twistlock Control and Weight Measured in Yard

Training Methodology

This Container Yard Operation training course will utilize a variety of proven professional learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension and retention of the information presented. The training course syllabus will be highly interactive and participative. This involves regular discussion between both delegates and course director. The training course will provide the participant with an in-depth knowledge through detailed information, photos and video animation.

Organisational Impact

The organisation will benefit by:

  • Having a team that will fully understand the fundamentals of Container Yard Operation best practices.
  • Managing The Market Players in Container storage business
  • Providing options to management on the best operation practices of the container yard.
  • Understanding of the efficiency elements of managing the yard equipment, personnel & infrastructure.
  • Ensuring safe and secure container handling operation within the yard premises.

Personal Impact

This Container Yard Operation training course teaches the competencies that enable delegates to:

  • Understand the essential aspects and basis of Container yard operation activities.
  • Gain the most practical standards in yard management.
  • Establish the modern technology in handling the containers within the yard by using the automated system.
  • Improve the skills of tracking the containers within the yard premises.
  • Using the pest practices in storing and moving the inbound and outboard containers to save the ship time at berth.


This GLOMACS Container Yard Operation Training course is highly recommended for new entrants to the Containerization industry, staff in Container Terminal operation companies. It is particularly useful for staff involved in day-to-day Container handling operations or administration such as:

  • Container Terminal Master Planners
  • Container Terminal development or operating company Personnel
  • Goods movement transportation professionals
  • Freight Forwarders
  • Shipping Agents
  • Marine Insurers
  • Legal Advisors
  • Individuals that are looking to expand container transportation and international sea-trade knowledge.
  • Fresh entrants to the industry whose job responsibilities depend on rapid absorption of specialist knowledge of the Container storage & moving industry.
  • Container Shipping company owners, directors and senior manager.
  • Charterers, Shippers and Maritime Attorneys
Course Outline


Introduction to the Container Business and the Role of Container Terminals

  • What is a container terminal?
  • Key differences between container terminal & container port
  • Role of container terminals in the shipping process
  • How do container terminals operate?
  • Port automation
  • Top 5 container terminal operators worldwide
  • Types of container terminals on the basis of ownership
  • Terminal handling charges (THCs)
  • Port charges and Methods of Saving these charges
  • Container terminals: Current challenges in the industry


Types of Containers and Container Ships

  • Container Types
    • Dry storage container
    • Flat rack container
    • Open Top Container
    • Tunnel container
    • Open-Side storage container
    • Double doors container
    • Refrigerated ISO containers
    • Insulated or thermal containers
    • Tanks
    • Cargo storage roll container
    • Half-height containers
    • Car carriers
    • Intermediate bulk shift containers
    • Drums
  • Container Ships – History, Types And Design
    • What are Container Ships?
    • History of Container Ships
    • Types of Container Ships
      • Development Generations
  • Container Handling Modes
    • LoLo Container Ships
    • ROCON Container Ships 
  • Container Ship Sizes
    • Panamax
    • Post- Panamax
    • Suezmax
    • Post-Suezmax
    • Post – Malacamax
  • Container Ships Service Range
  • Basic Design Of Container Vessels


Container Terminal / Yard Configuration & Characteristics

  • Container Terminal Design and Equipment
  • Container Terminal Equipment
    • Conventional Intermodal Port Terminal Equipment
    • Automated Guided Vehicles and Automated Stacking Cranes
    • Spreader technology
    • Ship to shore cranes
  • The Configuration of Container Yards
    • Linear layouts 
    • Block layouts 
    • Empty Containers Stacking Area
    • Stacked Reefer Storage
    • Administrative building
    • Hinterland Connectivity
  • Conventional vs. Automated Terminal Configuration
  • Terminal Capacity Use and Optimization
  • Container Yard (CY) Description
  • CY cutoff date
  • CFS (Container Freight Station)
  • CFS (Container Freight Station) Fee
  • LCL (Less than Container Load)
  • How to Load a Container
  • Using of Wood Pallets and Packaging
    • ISPM 15
  • Tips for Packaging and Damage Prevention
  • How Much Cargo Fits In a Container?


Container Terminal / Yard Planning, Operations & Management

  • Operation Process at Container Terminals
  • Maritime Operations
  • Terminal Depth at Selected Ports
  • Types of Container Movements at the Terminal
  • Yard and Auxiliary Operations
  • Operations Planning in A Nutshell
  • Operations Planning: Bring it All Together
  • The Need for Better Container Terminal Operations
    • Semi-Automation
    • Process Improvements for Enhancing Performance
    • Sustainable Practices for Container Terminals
    • Data Analysis: Gaining Valuable Insights Into Operations
    • Sustainable Practices: Enhancing Efficiency and Productivity
  • Challenges Faced by Container Terminals in Sustainability
  • Responses to Sustainable Challenges by Container Terminals
  • The Benefits of Improved Sustainability Performance for Container Terminals
  • Incorporating Technology Into Sustainability Initiatives


Security & Safety Management of Container Yard

  • The Container Trade Security
    • The Containerization of Trafficking
    • Terminal Tracker
    • Twistlock Control and Weight Measured in Yard
  • Unreported Container Damage: How to Achieve Fewer Claims in Container Terminals
  • Why Damaged Containers are A Problem 
    • The Impact of Damaged Containers
    • The Need for Safety
    • The Challenge of Reporting
    • Sustainability Concerns
  • Container Damage as A Worldwide Issue
  • Causes for Damaged Containers in Ports
    • Improper loading and unloading
    • Transport accidents
    • Natural disasters and bad weather
    • Wear and tear, manufacturing defects
    • Inadequate maintenance
  • Tracking Unreported Damages Data
  • Terminal Tracker of Containers
    • Operations Planning That Works
    • Improve Your Terminal Safety and Productivity
    • Comprehensive Operations Plan
    • Process and Yard Traffic Optimization
    • Fleet Management
    • Key Benefits of A Proven Solution
  • On successful completion of this training course, GLOMACS Certificate will be awarded to the delegates
  • Continuing Professional Education credits (CPE) : In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsor, one CPE credit is granted per 50 minutes of attendance
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