PhD defence R.B. (Robert) Castelein


Prof.dr. H. Geerlings


Dr. J.H.R. van Duin

Thursday 7 Jan 2021, 15:30 - 17:00
PhD defence
Spoken Language
Senate Hall
Erasmus Building
Campus Woudestein
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On Thursday 7 January2021, R.B. Castelein will defend his PhD dissertation, entitled: ‘Accommodating Cold Logistics Chains in Seaport Clusters. The development of the reefer container market and its implications for logistics and policy’.

The market for reefer container transportation is growing rapidly, but also imposes high demands on logistics processes and energy provision, and comes with several challenges regarding sustainability, such as the considerable energy use and the risk of cargo loss. This dissertation addresses how seaport-related actors can accommodate these logistics chains in an efficient and more sustainable way in port clusters. The research shows how dynamics within networks of actors influence a port's competitive position, and how actors can address challenges and opportunities in a developing market. Important elements are cooperation and coordination within the sector, and the developing role of port managing bodies. This dissertation offers recommendations for this, in order to enhance the performance and competitiveness of port-oriented cold logistics chains, and to stimulate a transition towards more sustainable transportation.

Due to corona, the PhD defences do not take place publicly in the usual way in the Senate Hall or the Professor Andries Querido Room. The candidates will defend their dissertation either in a small group or online.

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