Niels van Saase MSc

Junior researcher port economics

Email address
+31(0)6 3960 1736
Woudestein, T-Building, Room T19-23
Mandeville Building


Niels van Saase, MSc. is junior researcher port economics at Erasmus UPT. Niels works on two kinds of research and advisory projects within the port- and maritime context:

  • Economic impact and monitoring studies
  • Hinterland connectivity studies


Niels` expertise is particularly in economic impact studies & monitoring studies and Hinterland connectivity studies. The studies that Niels carries out are often quantitatively based, with Niels translating the numbers into policy advise or strategy. Examples of questions that Niels can answer for you are: What is the economic impact of my port, measured in number of persons, added value or number of companies? What are the consequences of bottlenecks in the hinterland, and what is the economic impact of these bottlenecks on multiple sectors and society? Do ports experience a level playing field within Europe? In which areas can ports collaborate and in which not? These are just a few examples of questions Niels can answer for you. At his previous employer, Tata Steel, Niels obtained experience in the shipping sector during his studies in Economics.

Primary research interests

  • Port and maritime economics
  • Maritime transport and logistics

Academic education

Niels teaches and supervises students at bachelor and master level. He supervises students while they are writing their thesis and provides lectures within his area of research port and maritime economics.


Recent research projects (selection of)

The impact of Market Based Measures on the Dutch & EU shipping sector (2020): This research project aimed to create an understanding about the impact of Market Based Measures related to Co2 emissions on the shipping sector. Target group were EU-commission members that had to form their opinion about the standpoints in the EU-Green deal.

Cybersecurity in the maritime sector (2020-ongoing): Research aimed at assessing the impact of cybersecurity threats on the maritime sector. First by creating an overview of the maritime sector (stakeholders, infrastructure and assets). Second, by working out several cybersecurity scenarios and the impact on ports and maritime chains.

Economic impact of low water in the river Rhine (2019): Research project that aimed to create insights in the economic and financial impact of low water levels for shippers, barge operators and society as a whole.

Level playing field (2019): Research project about the level playing field of North-West European seaports. Is there a level playing field or are opportunities within regulations and financing used to provide certain seaports with an unnatural competitive advantage?

Dutch port monitor (ongoing, 2018, 2017): Determining the economic impact of the seaports in The Netherlands. Study aimed to determine the direct and indirect employment and added value of seaports in The Netherlands, based on employment data.

Port collaboration (2019): Research project about port collaboration in seaports on multiple geographical levels. Is collaboration between seaports taking place? In which situations is it preferred and in which it is not?

Strategic Monitor Moerdijk (2019): Research project with the aim of creating a monitor that provides insights in the realization of strategic goals related to the 3 p`s (People, Planet, Profit)

DPW Enable Trade (2019-ongoing): International project aimed at creating awareness at terminal managers about trends and developments that impact their business and inspire them to take actions. The project consists of the development of an online learning module and F2F courses at all continents.