STSA Operator's Certificate




The STSA Operator's Certificate is a very practical training that has been organised by a working group composed of experts in Operations, Finance and HR managers under the supervision of STSA.

The programme has been thought with a hands-on approach in order to give participants the best and quickest possible grip of the diverse procedures needed to operate commodities.

  • Intro into Commodity Trading, documents and INCOTERMS
  • Commodities (Energy, Metals and Agri)
  • Trading Contracts
  • Trading Operations
  • Shipping, Chartering and Operations
  • Laytime & Demurrage Handling
  • Financial Instruments and Payments Terms
  • Physical Risks and Insurance
  • Law & Dispute Resolution Schemes
  • Course Review and Practical case study

The modules will take place Friday evenings and Saturday mornings not to interfere with a professional activity and to give enough time to absorb and eventually practice what has been learnt in the programme.

The programme allows participants to understand the life cycle of a trade from the operational side on a 4 months period.

This training is open to highly motivated candidates with an excellent level in English.

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Field Trip to the Port of Barcelona

APRIL 2018

The 11th intake of the STSA Operator's Certificate were given the chance to visit port operations in Barcelona.

Thanks to the outstanding support of STSA members they were able to visit a gas terminal, cocoa and coffee storage facilities, and get a better understanding of port logistics, as well as inspection activities. Undoubtedly the highlight of the trip was the possibility given to board the MSC Ravena. Captain Blazej explained the work and life on a container ship, telling short stories on piracy but also the ecological improvement to safeguard the air, by privileging environmental impact over speed. With his personal commitment and openness to share his expertise with the students

We would like to thank for their support: Intertek, Louis Dreyfus, Mercuria and MSC without whom this field trip would have certainly not been so inspiring.

Field Trip to the Port of Rotterdam

MARCH 2017

Field Trip to the Port of Barcelona

Field Trip to the Port of Barcelona


Study Trip to the Port of Antwerp


A field trip to the Port of Antwerp for students is part of the programme. The aim was to show the students the real life challenges of the shipping industry in Europe’s second largest freight port.

It included a boat trip around the port facilities on the right bank of the Scheldt river, a tour of the Vesta oil terminal, and a visit of the SGS inspection and testing facility.

The trip gave the students an insight into Antwerp’s fast growing port, which is adding facilities at a breakneck pace. In June it opened the world’s biggest sea lock and in September it opened a spectacular Zaha Hadid-designed Port House, the new headquarters for the Antwerp Port Authority. Spread over an area larger than the city of Paris, and ten times the city of Antwerp, the port last year loaded and unloaded 208 million tonnes of maritime freight.

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