PhD defense Bart van Riessen
In response to the Port of Rotterdam’s need for solid knowledge, Erasmus University has bundled its maritime and port-related research and education in SmartPort@Erasmus, the center of excellence offering port related education and research. It aims to connect students, academics and practitioners from the private and public sector. SmartPort@Erasmus research and education connects multiple disciplines to create win-win-win situations.
A truck platoon or convoy is a set of trucks that drive close behind each other at short headways made possible by automated driving technologies that assist the drivers in the following trucks by automatically braking, accelerating, and steering depending on the leading truck. The short headway means that the following trucks experience less air resistance, which implies a reduced fuel consumption and consequently, lower emissions.
The Green EFFORTS, "Green and Effective Operations at Terminals and in Ports", is a collaborative research project, co-funded by the European Commissions under the Seventh Framework Program, aiming at the reduction of energy consumption and improving a clear energy mix in the seaports and at terminals. Existing and upcoming stricter air quality regulations together with the need to reduce energy consumption are raising ports and terminals' awareness of their carbon footprint.