Doctoral Thesis The Design, Planning and Execution of Sustainable Intermodal Port-hinterland Transport Networks

Defended on Thursday, 1 December 2016

Abstract

Globalization has led to a tremendous growth of international trade over the last century amounting to $18.8 trillion in 2014. Approximately 90% of non-bulk cargo is transported in shipping containers. The dominant mode in container transportation is maritime, in which containers are transported from a seaport to another seaport around the globe. Import containers are discharged in seaport container terminals and are destined to inland locations, a reverse process happens for export containers. The inland terminals can be close or far away from the seaport terminals where the containers were discharged. The container transport between the seaport and the inland locations is called port-hinterland transportation. Given the specific physical characteristics and infrastructure of each area this part of the transportation chain can be performed via trucks, trains or river vessels. The sequential use of multiple transport modes in port-hinterland transport is called combined transport. The main aim of this study is to analyze the port-hinterland transportation process and to develop models that support the design, planning and execution of port-hinterland transportation networks with high capacity modes such as barges and trains.

Keywords

Intermodal Transportation, Combined Transport, Bilevel Programming, Multimodal, Extended Gates

Time frame

2011 - 2014

Preferred reference

P. Ypsilantis, The Design, Planning and Execution of Sustainable Intermodal Port-hinterland Transport Networks, Promotors:prof.dr. Leo Kroon IM - 04/11/1958 - 14/09/2016,prof.dr. Rob Zuidwijk, http://hdl.handle.net/1765/94375

Author

Panagiotis Ypsilantis
Panagiotis Ypsilantis

Supervisory Team

Leo Kroon IM - 04/11/1958 - 14/09/2016
Leo Kroon IM - 04/11/1958 - 14/09/2016
Professor of Quantitative Logistics
  • Promotor
Rob Zuidwijk
Endowed Professor of Ports in Global Networks
  • Promotor
  • Member Supervisory Team
Albert Veenstra
Albert Veenstra
  • External Member Supervisory Team

Committee Members

Luce Brotcorne
Luce Brotcorne
Jan van Dalen
Associate Professor of Statistics
Rommert Dekker
Professor of Econometrics (Operations Research and Informatics)
René de Koster
Professor of Logistics and Operations Management
Lóri Tavasszy
Lóri Tavasszy