for professionals in the liquid bulk and chemical supply chain

Obtain a better understanding of the liquid bulk and chemical supply chain in which you are working.


Certificate of completion

This course will introduce the petrochemical markets and teach you how to set up a sustainable supply chain using parcel tankers, tank terminals, tank containers, flexitanks, and other logistics options for liquid bulk cargoes.

The program is very relevant to anyone active in the liquid bulk and chemical supply chain, including traders, shipping, and logistics professionals. We are here to share our experience and provide a scalable playbook to boost your performance.

Module 1: Petrochemical Markets
-Introduction to petrochemicals, major petrochemicals, and their use in daily life.
-The advantage of understanding petrochemical flows.
-Spot versus term contracts, Incoterms, pricing methodology, typical nomination procedures, and the letter of credit.
-Introduction to setting up a supply chain.
-Commercial versus logistics contracts.

Module 2: Chemical Parcel Tankers
-Type of tankers, chemical parcel tankers, and introduction to Marpol & IBC Code.
-Chartering, ship broking, charter party, COA, spot, and Time Charters.
-Vessel scheduling, ship agents, tank cleaning, voyage planning, and operations.
-Laytime and demurrage.
-Tanker risk assessment and vetting.
-Market dynamics.

Module 3: Bill Of Lading
-Introduction to the Bill of Lading.
-Delivering against a letter of indemnity (LOI).
-Risks against delivering against a Bill of Lading.

Module 4: Tank Storage
-Type of tank terminals, services, and typical contract duration.
-Basic tank design introduction, tank capacity, and terminal interfaces.
-Tank terminal challenges, scheduling, and optimization.
-The players, contracting, and revenue breakdown.
-terminal risk assessment and selection.
-Market dynamics.

Module 5: Loss Control
-Introduction to product losses and where they come from.
-Product losses at tank terminals.
-Shortage claims against tanker vessels.
-Product loss mitigation.

Module 6: Secondary Distribution
-Review of logistics services and introduction to container shipping.
-Regulations and introduction to the IMDG Code.
-The use of drums and Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs).
-The use of tank containers & flexitanks, including selection process, regulations, and market dynamics.

Module 7: Sustainable Supply Chain
-Reducing shipping costs with commercial swaps.
-Inventory management review.
-Transport mode selection for your supply chain, reviewing lead times, transport cost, shipping volumes, demurrage, detention, and safety risks.
-Storage and distribution hub selection.
-Putting it all together, and conclusion.

Module 8: HSEQ And Training Closure
-Introduction to safety culture, safety management systems, emergency response, and crisis communication.
-Contingency planning and your plan B.
-Making health, safety, environment, and quality (HSEQ) a top priority.
-Certificate download.


This program is for reference only and subject to change without prior notice.

-Increasing and maintaining knowledge
-Staying ahead of the competition
-Improving employee skills
-Finding synergies
-Keeping up with industry changes
-Increasing job satisfaction
-Providing internal promotion opportunities
-Finding new opportunities

-Supply chain professionals
-Logistics professionals
-Shipping & chartering manager
-Traders & commercial professionals
-Ship owners
-Tank terminal operators
-Tank container operators
-Flexitank operators
-Trucking companies

No specific prior education is required.

We can provide this training in-house for two days at your business premises anywhere in the world, for between 3 and 12 people on dates to suit your needs.

After an in-company training, we can assist you in putting together an actionable plan.

From time to time, we arrange training courses at our training centers in Breda and Taipei.

You can find our upcoming schedule here.

This training is available 100% online. Click here to learn more about our Online Petrochemical Supply Chain Training.

Rudi Stalmans, Managing Director of ener8 and the program trainer, uses a practical teaching approach. He worked for an oil and chemical major, one of the largest tank terminal operators, a global chemical shipbroker, and logistics companies. Rudi has experience in parcel tanker shipping and barging, tank containers, flexitanks, forwarding services, tank storage, chemical warehousing, and secondary distribution services.

Rudi, who worked for cargo owners and service providers, understands the expectations of different market players.

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