Port and Transport Networks


The success of a port is to large extent determined by a good accessibility to the hinterland via truck, inland waterway transport, and railway transport. Having efficient organized port-related transport chains is important in the light of increased competition among ports and the need for more sustainable transport. Moreover, hinterland accessibility is an important location factor for port business. Erasmus UPT has broad experience in studying the economic structure and performance of the market of inland waterway transport and railway transport from a national and international perspective. In cooperation with port authorities, port business and other research institutes we participated in a wide range of projects to come up with innovative solutions for improving the accessibility of seaports. Erasmus UPT has the tools and data to determine the size and economic impact of the network of inland terminals and inland ports. In our studies on port-related transport, transport networks and inland terminals and ports we use multiple research perspectives like governance and institutional economics, network analysis (incl. bundling scenarios) and economic cost benefit analysis.  

Projects on Port and Transport Networks (selection of):

  • IDVV: A study to logistic optimisation and inland waterways (2012-2014)

  • CASSANDRA: EU-funded project on logisitics and supply chain visibility (2012-2014)

  • TWIN HUB: Port strategy and logistic networks (2012-2013)

  • GOLD LOGISTICS REGION: Economic impact of transport network and logistic activities in the Venlo region (2012-2012)