Ongoing projects

This page provides information about selected professional activities and output related to SmartPort@Erasmus.

The Green Efforts

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.


Automated driving is expected to drastically change the mobility of passengers and freight and spatial structure during the coming decades. Public and private parties need to redefine their strategic decision making in light of these changes, but information on potential impacts is lacking. This project studies the implications of automated driving using a wider spatial and temporal scope than previous research. The project is based on an integrated approach combining spatial economics, passenger and freight transport, traffic safety and multimodal transport networks. Integration between these discipline is addressed by an integrated modelling approach, common case studies and pilots. The project will be conducted in collaboration with pilots in the Netherlands such as Automated taxis (Delft-Zuid), WePod (Ede Wageningen), Rivium (Rotterdam) and the port of Rotterdam as well as abroad.

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SELIS is aimed at delivering a ‘platform for pan-European logistics applications’ by (1) embracing a wide spectrum of logistics perspectives, and creating a unifying operational and strategic business innovation agenda for pan European Green Logistics; (2) establishing an exceptionally strong consortium of logistics stakeholders and ICT providers, that can leverage EU IP from over 40 projects so as to create proof of concept Common Communication and navigation platforms for pan-European logistics applications deployed in 8 living labs representing the principal logistics communities; and (3) establishing a research and innovation environment using the living labs to provide data than can be used for discovery of new insights that will enable continuous value creation supporting the large scale adoption of SELIS.

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Efficient and environmentally friendly transports are of utmost importance for Europe. The CO2REOPT project aims at optimising transport supply chains by developing decision support systems for the coordination and synchronization of transports from a supply chain perspective. The consortium includes industrial and academic partners from Sweden (SICS, LKAB and TRV), Norway (SINTEF and JBV) and the Netherlands (EUR, SAMSKIP and SmartPort).


Road freight transport of maritime containers is a quite fragmented market; the destination and time of delivery for an import order of a hauler rarely matches an origin location of its export orders to be collected. This implies that containers need to be brought empty to the port or the inland destination, causing costs, fuel use and emissions that one preferably avoids.

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Truck Platoon matching for collaborative planning

The introduction of 2-truck platooning – two trucks virtually coupled driving at less than 1 second headway – will introduce new logistics concepts in the Supply Chain. Carriers obtain fuel consumption reductions through platooning and even higher benefits if they form 2-truck platoons with other carriers. Shippers may encourage their carriers to form as many platoons as possible to exploit the synergy potential, and benefit from lower emissions and more sustainable transport services.

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The ISOLA program provides the academic underpinning of the ambition and innovation vision that is formulated for synchromodality in the Topsector Logistics. The research will support the development of the multimodal transport system in the Netherlands, and by extension in Europe, into a truly synchromodal transport system, in which infrastructure use, transport services and operations are perfectly aligned with market demand.This requires the integration of data on infrastructure, services and transportation, the development of new synchromodal control mechanisms, and the analysis of demand characteristics of shippers. So far research has addressed horizontal alignment between modes into a coherent network. The main research angle for this program is the vertical alignment, however, i.e. the shipper/client orientation and the relations with the underlying network management. These vertical aspects will become apparent in 4 main scientific contributions:

  • Advanced freight transport demand models that include shippers’ logistics responses.
  • Models for the design and allocation of multimodal capacity.
  • Advanced planning and pricing algorithms for synchromodal networks.
  • An ICT infrastructure that allows interactions between the above three systems.

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