Welcome to Maritime Logistics Workgroup
Introduction to Maritime Logistics
In a world of increasing distribution of production and consumption, the drivers of globalisation, transport is a key factor. Production and supply tailor-made to quickly changing demands is a challenge for continuously improving transport solutions. According to volumes sea transport is by far the leading mode at the same time providing optimum economic and ecologic results. However, according to its nature sea transport is restricted to links between continents and along coasts and hence always requires road, rail or even airborne pre and post sea transports. Maritime logistics therefore must take into account door-to-door transports to contribute to an optimum overall transport chain.
The academic programme provides a symbiosis between the technical transport systems and the methods to manage these. Course graduates are prepared for top positions in the logistics industry able to base their decision-making on a sound understanding of related technologies and economies. Jacobs University was first understanding the need to competently bridge both the worlds of engineers and controllers and successfully maintains its leadership position.
The core competence in research and development is a deep knowledge of business processes in transport, focus on waterborne transport, and technologies to increase productivity, reliability, sustainability and working conditions but also to develop equipment, modules and systems. These range from ships via ports and terminals to information and communication technologies. Research and development is highly application oriented and is funded by public authorities covering the medium and long term aspects and the industry keen on short term results easy to implement.
The scientific competence frequently is also asked by administrations and the industry for advice in the fields of risk assessment, port and waterway design, composition of transport chains in relation to hinterland connections and to match logistics processes with traffic in order to avoid traffic jams and to allow high utilisation factors of carriers.
Main Research Fields
1. Information and communication technologies (navigational systems, ship and port interfaces)
2. Technology and solutions for port and terminal
3. Port and terminal development
4. Green initiatives in port and terminal
5. Port and waterway design
6. Port security
7. Process-oriented logistics management
8. Risk assessment and management
9. Intermodal transportation