Hinterland Transport (until 2008 - 2009)
In the past, seaports have always been focused primarily on issues related to maritime accessibility and the handling of maritime cargo flows in the port area. In recent years, the balance of attention has somewhat shifted to the land leg. Hinterland infrastructure, inland transport services and related logistic organization have become important building blocks to ports in view of gaining competitive advantage.
The course consists of a double structure. During several sessions, the different modes are being analysed from a technical, as well as from an economic line of approach. A second group of sessions will bring together the various modes, in addition to which modal competition and combined transport will be further examined (cf. ¿modal split¿ models).
Within this second group, special attention is paid to Trans-European Networks, the issue of multimodal terminals, the European policy with regard to intermodality, a comparative analysis of intermodal transport in the European Union and the United States as well as the managerial and organizational problems linked with the set up of (intermodal) hinterland connections.
This course aims to help students in developing conceptual skills and in gaining substantive policy insights, especially as regards hinterland transportation. In contrast to the approach adopted in most undergraduate courses, the emphasis here is on the perspective of the high-level decision maker rather than the perspective of the analyst. The course covers, inter alia, the most recent policy options selected by the European Commission and advanced research in intermodality.
A good understanding of transport economics and transport policy issues, as well as modern logistics is required for this course.
Prof. Dr. T. NOTTEBOOM
Warehouse and Hinterland Distribution Management (from 2009 - 2010 onwards)
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