This is an asynchronous/self-paced moderated online course that is delivered over a period of two weeks, and followed by two simulation exercises and a webinar (see agenda below for more details). Port experts will engage with participants online in the forum discussions for each of the course sections. The estimated time needed to complete the course activities is about 20 hours.

The online moderated course is structured in four sections, giving a precise and ordered view of the different aspects to be taken into account by a port or port organisation in a pandemic situation. It considers both a general vision and specific actions, the psychological and emotional part related to workers, the technological tools, and also considers actions related to ensuring the main activity of a port in the management of the flow of goods:

  • SECTION 1 Crisis protocol and communication strategy
  • SECTION 2 Staff management, well-being and resilience
  • SECTION 3 Technology preparedness
  • SECTION 4 Cargo flow continuity


Course candidates are kindly asked to register themselves at their earliest convenience and by no later than 25 June 2021 on the TrainForTrade registration platform (

For that purpose, course candidates should complete the following steps:

  1. Go to the platform page:
  2. Click the Log in link in the upper right corner.
  3. Provide your email and password and click Log in
  4. Under the Special Course – Building Port Resilience Against Pandemics item, provide the following passcode: BPR2021 and click Apply.
  5. Provide your registration details and click Submit and apply.

Background of the project

In the current times of the global pandemic, various United Nations entities combined their efforts to propose a joint project that will implement standards, guidelines, metrics, tools and methodologies to immediately help governments, including Customs and other border agencies, port authorities, and the business community worldwide, to keep transport networks and borders operational to facilitate the flow of goods and services, while containing the further spread of the COVID-19 virus. One of its components focuses on port resilience against invisible threats and on keeping ports safe and operational during pandemics.

TrainForTrade’s project includes the exchange of best practices and new safety standards and the design and delivery of a training package to build essential skills for port community managers to help protect people and secure vital trade in ports (TFT Special Course “Building Port Resilience Against Pandemics”).

Target population

This special course is addressed to all actors involved in international trade, especially those involved with port operations. The course primary and secondary target population are representatives from the following organisations:

Primary target:

  • Port authorities (those include middle and senior managers)
  • Private port management companies
  • Port community operators (those include freight forwards, hauliers, customs agents, ship agents)
  • Port agents (those include pilots, harbour masters)
  • Line ministries staff: Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Commerce

Secondary target:

  • Trade facilitation committees
  • Port safety and security officers
  • Trade unions
  • Stevedores
  • Local authorities

Key information



28 June – 30 July 2021
Activities 2 weeks asynchronous moderated online course

2 self-paced simulations exercises (30-45 minutes)

1 webinar (90 minutes)

Number of hours 20 hours
Language English [1]

Passcode: BPR2021

Course platform
Completion criteria Average score from the 2 quizzes (on Sections 1-4) of at least 50%
Certificate Yes – Electronic certificate
Price Free of charge [2]

[1] Please note that the course will be delivered in French and Spanish in the fall 2021 (dates to be confirmed). Follow @TrainForTrade on social media to stay up to date with our activities!

[2] This course is financially supported by the United Nations Development Account and Irish Aid.


For more information, visit the course page: