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UNCTAD course on ports and maritime supply chain resilience

UNCTAD Course on "Ports and Maritime Supply Chain Resilience" contains six modules. The training material is supported by the accompanying multimedia lectures and suggested additional reading. It draws heavily on UNCTAD’s Guidebook on “Enhancing Capacity to Managing Risks: A Guidebook for Ports”, the Review of Maritime Transport, various issues, as well as relevant analytical reports and statistics in the field of transport and trade logistics.


UNCTAD's course on Ports and Maritime Supply Chain Resilience aims to help improve understanding of the key issues at the interface of maritime transport and resilience-building. With disruptions to transport and logistics occurring more frequently, it is crucial to build the capacity to anticipate, prepare, respond, and recover from risks and events disrupting the maritime supply chain.

The training will allow participants to:

  • Gain a general overview of the maritime supply chain and improve awareness of its strategic role in trade and development.
  • Understand the risks and disruptions facing the maritime supply chain, and their potential implications.
  • Become familiar with risk management and resilience concepts and learn what actions are required to better prepare and anticipate disruptions, manage risks, respond to disruptive events, and recover.
  • Develop the capacity to plan for emergency responses and to integrate risk management into relevant processes and plans.
  • Learn from others and their experiences and get acquainted with existing tools and instruments that can help manage risks and build resilience.


Website RML

Resilient Maritime Logistics Website

The Resilient Maritime Logistics website ( hosts a guidebook for ports aiming at Building Capacity to Manage Risks and Enhance Resilience. It features risk identification, assessment, and management tools and approaches, case studies, good practices and a step-by-step resilience-building process for ports and other relevant maritime supply chain actors. The guidance focuses on three types of resilience-building actions and measures, namely: 

  • Before a disruption materializes. 
  • During a disruption.
  • After a disruption. 

A course structured around six modules and focusing on Port and Maritime Supply Chain Resilience accompanies the guidance on this website. The training will help to better understand the importance of well-functioning maritime supply chains and ports for highly interdependent world economies and the need to build their resilience in the face of heightened, uncertainty and disruptions.

The Resilient Maritime Logistics website and related content and material aim to help stakeholders across the maritime supply chain to better manage risks, prepare in the face of disruptions, ensure effective response measures and enable rapid recovery. Targeted stakeholders include (i) governmental planning and regulatory agencies; (ii) port authorities; (iii) port operators and port management companies; (iv) terminal operators; (v) infrastructure managers; (vi) freight forwarders; (vii) customs authorities; (viii) carriers and shipping companies; (ix) shippers and cargo owners; and (x) inland carriers and inland logistics operators (e.g. dry ports, inland container depots, warehouses, logistics and distribution centres). Collaboration between each of these stakeholders is critical for maritime supply chain agility and resilience-building.