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Course Duration

2 years

Type of course


Campus where course is offered

ITE College Central

Course Certification

Higher Nitec

Ever wondered how something the size of a truck can be shipped across oceans from Europe to Singapore?

The Higher Nitec in Maritime Business course will teach you the skills and knowledge to coordinate vessel movement and operations, liaise with suppliers, agents and customers and arrange for cargo transhipments. You will also learn about shipping and cargo operations, shipping documentation and administration, ship agency and crew management.

What you'll learn

  • Perform shipment coordination
  • Process shipping and trade documents
  • Process Customs Permits Declaration
  • Coordinate with customers, suppliers, forwarders etc.
  • Suggest and instruct customers on shipping products and services, schedules, routes and rates
  • Respond to customer inquiries on shipping issues

Entry Requirements

GCE 'O' level grades in English Language, Mathematics/Principles of Accounts and 1 other subject:

  • Grade 1-7 in English Language
  • Grade 1-8 in Mathematics (Elementary/Additional) or Principles of Accounts *
  • Grade 1-7 in one other subject
    *To be eligible for selection, you must have sat for Mathematics (Elementary or Additional).


Nitec GPA:
For more details on minimum entry requirements for Nitec graduates, please click here.

Students will be required to purchase a Laptop for the course. This is in addition to the course fees. Financial assistance is available to eligible students under ITE Opportunity Fund subject to terms and conditions. For more details on the minimum laptop specifications, please click here.

Progression Opportunities

Higher Nitec in Maritime Business graduates may apply for progression to the following Work-Study Diploma courses at ITE:

Higher Nitec in Maritime Business with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 and above may apply for progression to the first year of a related diploma course at the Polytechnics. For more details on diploma courses for progression, please refer to the Joint Polytechnic Admissions website.

Career Opportunities

Higher Nitec in Maritime Business graduates are employed by companies involved in marine business such as in shipping & port operations, cargo operations, ship agency and management services. Some of the job titles graduates could apply for include Shipping Operations Assistant, Shipping Administrative Executive and Assistant Supervisor. The maritime sector is a key sector in Singapore and globally. As graduates acquire experience and upgrade their skills and knowledge, their career advancement prospects will improve.