Maritime Supply Chains

The course was live broadcasted in April 2020!
Prof. Sys, together with many guest lecturers offer the students the complete programme via e-platform. 
This way interaction is still possible between professors and students!

8 March to 19 March 2021

 "If I cannot take the participants of the specialisation course Maritime Supply Chains@C-MAT to the Port of Zeebrugge.. I will bring the port to the participants" (Prof. dr Christa Sys)

Maritime Supply chains specialisation course C-MATMaritime transport is an essential link of the global supply chains. At any given moment within a given chain, there are trade-offs to be made with other links, including in relation to the choice of port and transhipment as well as hinterland services. The course Maritime Supply Chains provides an in-depth view into the management of maritime supply chains. It also examines how such supply chains can be affected by exogenous trends and events, such as structural changes in international trade, evolutions in the global fleet, and national and supranational maritime policymaking.

Guest speakers 2020:

  • Prof. Thierry Vanelslander (University of Antwerp)
  • Dr. Bart Kuipers (Senior research manager port economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Prof. Francis Rome (Director external relations Flanders Institute for Logistics)
  • Dr. Robert Hekkenberg (Delft University of Technology Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering)
  • Mr. Marc Beerlandt (MSC Belgium)
  • Mr. Christophe Van Mechelen
  • Mr Benny Smets (Ninatrans)
  • Mr. Lars Schoeters and mr. Tom Saelens (Deme)
  • Dr. Edwin van Hassel (University of Antwerp)
  • Mr. Nicolas Decaigny (BNP Paribas Fortis)
  • Mr. Pierre Da Corta (BNP Paribas Fortis)
  • Ms. Hassiba Benamara (UNCTAD)
  • Ms. Martine Floreal (Port & Operations Controller Zespri Service Centre NV)
  • Mr. Sven Verstrepen (Ahlers)
  • Mr. Luc Declerck
  • Ms. Ilse Verdonck (Business Development Manager Port & Intermodal Logistics, Van Moer Logistics)

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Prof. dr. Christa Sys jointly graduated as a doctor in Applied Economics at the Ghent University and the University of Antwerp (December 2010). Her doctoral research dealt with the competitive conditions, the concentration and the market structure of the container liner shipping industry (link). This research was awarded by the Section of Technical Sciences of the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences with the General Manager Fernand Suykens Prize for Port Studies.

Until October 2013, Christa Sys was scientific director of the Research Centre on Freight and passengers flows. She currently is holder of the BNP Paribas Fortis chair on transport, logistics and ports at the Department of Transport and Regional Economics. Next, she is course co-ordinator for the courses ‘Business Environment’, ‘Maritime Economics and Businesses’ and ‘Maritime Supply Chain’ at the Centre for Maritime and Air Transport (C-MAT). She also teaches at the Faculty of Applied Economics and at the University College Ghent, Faculty of Applied Business (Member of Ghent University Association). Her educational activities focus on inland transportation and (operational aspects of) maritime transport. Her research centres on maritime economics and co-operation and competition in shipping.