Minor Port Management and Maritime Logistics

Categorie
Broadening minor
Code
FEB53107M / FEB53107

Content 

Rotterdam is renowned as one of the largest port and shipping centers of the world. The port of Rotterdam is situated in one of the most competitive port regions in the world. Internationally, the port and city are famous for its large scale port development projects, engagement with stakeholders, and cluster governance, entrepreneurship and proactiveness towards embracing new technologies.

For decades, ports have expanded on the basis of long term forecasts, often publicly financed. Nowadays, in the 21st century, the port landscape looks much different. Disruptive developments such as digitization, automation and transition towards alternative energy are shortening the planning horizons which makes it much more complex to foresee and plan for future port development. Consequentially, ports planners and city developers are faced with multiple dilemmas. One thing is certain: 20th century business practices are no longer an option. Decisions that are made today will have a significant impact on how we will shape the port of the future. How to cope with these transition issues, what will ‘we’ do different than we did yesterday? 

Being on the main arteries of international (maritime) trade, ports are highly influenced by decisions made by traders, shipping companies and terminal operators. Understanding the principles of international trade, maritime logistics, supply chain management and transportation is fundamental to understanding the position of the port within this complex and highly dynamic international network.

Port management and maritime logistics is of interest for businesses like shipping lines, terminal and warehouse operators, companies in transport and logistics, port authorities, financial institutions, (governmental) policy makers. This minor teaches a broad range of relevant and state-of-the art topics in the field of port management and maritime logistics, where students take advantage of being in the transport and logistics hub of Europe, the port city of Rotterdam. The lectures explain the functioning and management of maritime shipping, international supply chains, as well as the port as a large and dynamic complex of many different companies and processes. The relationship between port and regional economic development will also be addressed.

Learning objectives

This minor gives an understanding of the processes that underlie port management and maritime logistics from an economics, operations and management perspective. It explains international and maritime transport, terminal and port management, intermodality and hinterland transport, and the interrelationship between port and region from a multidisciplinary perspective.

The multidisciplinary character is underlined with the fact that the minor consists of 3 knowledge modules: Maritime Economics (ME), Port Economics and Management (PEM); and Container Logistics and Inland Network (CLIN).

Students are challenged to use and integrate the knowledge from these modules in the integration case. The case study focuses either on realizing the objective of the port and industrial complex to contribute to reducing CO2 emissions to virtually zero by 2050, or on developing a digital strategy, which supports the port to anticipate on the development of new techniques, new players and partnerships and new business models.

The extra assignment for students who follow the 15 ECTS minor is aimed to build a better understanding on the dynamics between port and city.

Furthermore, students take advantage of learning from the port of Rotterdam, engage with both academia as well as guest speakers from the port and terminal companies.

Overall course objectives are:

  • Understanding of the processes that underlie port management and maritime logistics from an economics, operations and management perspective.
  • Undertake a policy analysis of a port development company strategy.
  • Make a basic simulation model and assess the competitive position of a port.
  • Apply how to make a business model canvas for a port development company;
  • Write critical review of literature, facts and figures to assess why ports matter for regional development.
  • Undertake a basic methodology to assess the role of ports in maritime and hinterland systems.

Special aspects

This is a broadening minor, which means we do not require specific subject matter knowledge. However, a proficiency in English, both verbal as in writing is a prerequisite to write papers. A good command of Excel is also  recommended.

Overview modules

Module 1: Maritime Economics

  • ECTS: 3
  • Content: Maritime economics is the branch of economics that deals with the transportation of goods by sea. The learning goal of this module is to offer the students’ knowledge and insight in the economic structure of the maritime industry. In particular, we will address demand for ocean shipping, the determination of prices, the origins of revenue and costs, and the consequences of cost structures for specialization in activities in shipping. The module will highlight the role of containerization in the maritime transport. At the end of the module students should have some idea of how to make money in this industry, as well as understand the behavior of some of the major players. In addition, they should be able to formulate the requirements of shipping companies from the perspective of port management.
  • Teaching method: Lectures, workshops and written exam.
  • Teaching materials: A selection of chapters from the book: Stopford, M., (2009), Maritime Economics (2009, 3rd edition). New York: Routledge (also available as e-Book via catalogue of the Erasmus University Library), and additional papers indicated on blackboard before the course.
  • Contact hours: 2 hours per week.
  • Self study: 9 hours per week.

Module 2: Port Economics and Management

  • ECTS: 3
  • Content: The aim of this module is to provide student with theoretical and applied knowledge on seaports from an economic and management perspective. In this module we focus on ports as element in international supply chains and the locations of in general three economic activities, namely cargo transfer, (petro-) chemical industry, and logistics. One of the most important determinants for a port is its location in transport networks and the hinterland they serve. Besides the location of ports, port competition, port competiveness and the performance of ports are relevant issues. Special attention is given to the role of the port authority and its activities. Next to these topic the course will provide theoretical and applied knowledge about the relationship between ports and regional economic development.
  • Teaching method: (guest) lectures, excursion, workshops and written exam.
  • Teaching materials: A selection of articles and literature will be indicated on Blackboard/Canvas before the course.
  • Contact hours: 2 hours per week.
  • Self study: 9 hours per week.

Module 3: Container logistics and Inland Network

  • ECTS: 3
  • Content: The introduction of the container had an enormous impact on production and distribution networks. The production of goods became globalised, while distribution systems were able to interact more efficiently with each other. This module provides a conceptual and applied approach to container logistics and the port–hinterland relationships, and highlights recent developments in the inland container networks. A network can be defined as a system of locations (seaports, inland regions) or nodes (deep-sea terminal or inland terminal) and linkage between those nodes via road, rails and waterway. Every part of the network will be discussed, combined with insights from recent research. We for example discuss how deep-sea terminal operator ECT vertically integrate in inland operations via its Extended Gate project, or how the Rotterdam railway tries to improve its operations. Special attention is paid to the increasing role of security in world-wide supply chains.
  • Teaching method: (guest) lectures, excursion, workshops and written exam
  • Teaching materials: A collection of articles and literature will be indicated on Blackboard/Canvas before the course.
  • Contact hours: 2 hours per week.
  • Self study: 9 hours per week.

Module 4: Integration Case

  • ECTS: 3
  • Content:The port of Rotterdam is the biggest logistics and industrial hub in Europe. The port and industrial complex stretches over a length of about 40 kilometres and covers some 12,000 hectares (water and land). The throughput in 2017 was 467 million tonnes, making Rotterdam by far the largest seaport in Europe. It is also Europe’s most busy container port with 13.7 million TEUs.
    For the port there are two leading transitions: the energy transition and digitization of the port. Student team choose either to focus on managing the energy transition OR the digitization of the port. Energy transition relates to the objective of the port and industrial complex to contribute to reducing CO2 emissions to virtually zero by 2050. The digitization of supply chains is in full swing and port authorities play an active role. New techniques, players, partnerships and business models are being developed and some have already arrived, leading to different constellations of players and partnerships.
    Mission statement for managing the transition:
    Developing a strategy for the port of Rotterdam to manage the transition while improving connectivity, accessibility and attractiveness and eventually the long term competitive position of the port while adequately responding to one of the two transitions.
    The report of the integration case will have to clearly distinguish 3 parts: (1) understanding the market and analysis of leading supply chains, (2) understanding of port competition, (3) synthesis. Each of these parts will have a dedicated section with a review of relevant literature. In the synthesis, the findings from the analyses are brought together into a well-structured report which can be handed over to the Port of Rotterdam and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Teaching method: Lectures, workshops and written exam
  • Teaching materials: Assignments and some articles and literature that will be indicated on Canvas before the course.
  • Contact hours: 2 hour per week.
  • Self study: 9 hours per week.

Module 5: Port City Case (only for students who choose to take the 15 EC minor)

  • ECTS: 3
  • Content:Many ports around the world struggle with the relation with their parent-city. There are numerous examples where autonomous development of the city on the one hand and the port on the other has led to a back-to-back position. The tensions which occur on the interface between port and city is often caused by the scarcity for space, but also about a transition from traditional to new purpose, e.g. a shipyard which is now used as an innovation campus. Port functions may change over the life span of a spatial area, which lead to deterioration and decay, which subsequently could lead to conflicts between stakeholders. On the contrary, this tension could also lead to creativity, if coordinated well. Shared value is a relatively new concept which involves creating economic value while also creating value for society and the entire port-city ecosystem. The challenge for you is to capture these tensions, both conflicts as well as creativity.
    The assignment is to develop a ‘port-city instawalk’ which takes you into the port, but particularly on a discovery on the boundaries between port and city.
  • Teaching method: Lectures, site visits and assignment
  • Teaching materials:A collection of articles and literature will be indicated on Canvas before the course.
  • Contact hours: 2 hour per week.
  • Self study: 9 hours per week.

Examination

Method of examination
All students will follow the 3 modules. There will be one exam, which will be composed of three parts, one for every module. Each part will be graded separately and needs to be at least a 4.5. A lower grade cannot be compensated. The overall grade for the exam is the average of the three modules. 

Next to the exam there is an integration case. The students will work on the case in a team of 3 students. Students are free to choose their partners. The integration paper will be assessed by means of a rubric which will be made available upfront via Canvas.

The assignments will be discussed in 2 working groups (tutorials). During these working groups, we will particularly seek interaction to discuss on the integration case. These sessions are mandatory for better comprehension of the crossovers between the lectures and the integration case.

 At the end of the block, we strive to set up a port seminar with an award ceremony for the best reports, where we will also invite professionals from the stakeholders such as Port of Rotterdam Authority.

Students who opt for the 15 ECTS variant need to make the port-city assignment. Also this assignment will be assessed by means of a rubric, which will be made available upfront via Canvas.

You will have to take a resit of the exam for those parts for which you have a grade below 4.5. A lower grade can never be compensated.

Composition of final grade

12 ECTS Minor:

 

Written Exam

Case

Assessment

Modules:

Maritime Economics (ME)

Port Economics & Management (PEM)

Container Logistics & Inland Networks (CLIN)

Integration Case

(1)    understanding the market and analysis  of leading supply chains (20 points)

(2)    understanding of port competition (20 points)

(3)    synthesis (60 points)

Weight

50%

50%

 

15 ECTS Minor:

 

Written Exam

Cases

Assessment

Modules:

Maritime Economics (ME)

Port Economics & Management (PEM)

Container Logistics & Inland Networks (CLIN)

Integration Case

(1)    understanding the market and analysis  of leading supply chains (16 points)

(2)    understanding of port competition (16 points)

(3)    synthesis (52 points)

 

Port City Case (16 points)

Weight

50%

50%

Feedback
During the programme, we will set up tutorials, in which we will actively engage with the work-in-progress. The tutorials are specifically used to provide guidance and allow for questions to make sure students get intermediary feedback during the writing process. For these tutorials we require preparatory work from the students. We will use templates to steer the discussions during class.

In Canvas, students receive feedback by means of transparent evaluation criteria in the rubric.

Contact information

M. Jansen, MSc
m.jansen@ese.eur.nl
+31 10 4081578
room: H16-09

Faculty website
https://www.eur.nl/ese/students/minor/

Categorie
Broadening minor
Code
FEB53107M / FEB53107
Organisatie
Erasmus School of Economics
Studiepunten (ECTS)
15
Voertaal
Engels
Locatie
Campus Woudestein, Rotterdam

Registration

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