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Transport and Regional Economics

Expertise

Research concerning the organisation of freight transport and logistics including transport planning and regional planning. Assessment of infrastructure projects and analysis interaction economics, spatial planning and geography. Assessment of transport policy (road transport, port and maritime sector).

Novel inland waterway transport concepts for moving freight effectively (NOVIMOVE). 01/06/2020 - 31/05/2024

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Inland Waterborne Transport (IWT) advantages as low-energy and low CO2 emitting transport mode are not fully exploited today due to gaps in the logistics system. Inland container vessels pay 6-8 calls at seaport terminals with long waiting times. More time is lost by sub-optimal navigation on rivers and waiting at bridges and locks. In addition, low load factors of containers and vessels impact the logistics systems with unnecessary high numbers of containers being transported and trips being made. NOVIMOVE strategy is to "condense" the logistics system by improving container load factors and by reducing waiting times in seaports, by improved river voyage planning and execution, and by facilitating smooth passages through bridges and locks. NOVIMOVE's innovations are: (1) cargo reconstruction to raise container load factors, (2) mobile terminals feeding inland barges, (3) smart river navigation by merging satellite (Galileo) and real time river water depths data, (4) smooth passage through bridges/locks by dynamic scheduling system for better corridor management along the TEN-T Rhine-Alpine (R-A) route, (5) concepts for innovative vessels that can adapt to low water condition while maintaining a full payload, and (6) close cooperation with logistic stakeholders, ports and water authorities along the R-A route: Antwerp, Rotterdam, Duisburg, Basel. NOVIMOVE technology developments will be demonstrated by virtual simulation, scaled model tests and full-scale demonstrations. NOVIMOVE innovations will impact the quantity of freight moved by IWT along the R-A corridor by 30% with respect to 2010 baseline data. The NOVIMOVE 21-members consortium combines logistics operators, ports, system-developers and research organisations from 4 EU member states and two associate countries. The work plan contains 4 technical Work Packages. The project duration is four years; the requested funding is 8,9 MIO.

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Novel iwt and maritime transport concepts (NOVIMAR). 01/06/2017 - 30/11/2021

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NOVIMAR aims to adjust inland/short-sea shipping such that it can make optimal use of the waterborne system of waterways, vessels and ports/terminals. To achieve this NOVIMAR introduces the waterborne version of 'platooning', the Vessel Train. This is in essence a number of unmanned Follower Ships with own sailing/manoeuvring capabilities being temporarily led by a manned Leader Ship. Vessels will be able to join and leave such trains at places adjacent to their points of origin and destination at seaside or inland. Envisaged main benefits and impacts are: reduction of crew costs result in up to 47% total cost reduction for IWT and up to 88% crew cost reduction for short sea transport, enhanced logistic flexibility, 10-15% less energy use/emissions, solutions for overcoming barriers betrween transport modes and high potential for reducing road congestion and associated costs.

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Extension of the cost calculation program for the Belgian inland navigation 03/02/2020 - 08/05/2020

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In 2017, University of Antwerp (Department TPR) delivered an inland navigation cost model to Vlaamse Waterweg. In that model, the costs are calculated based on the user inputs of an inland waterway operator. In the updated version, for a same ship and same trip, a new calculation will be made, but in that case with a ship that is manageable autonomously / from a distance.

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City of Things 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2020

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Cities are relying on Internet of Things (IoT) to make their infrastructure smart by using advanced sensing and control devices within the city's infrastructure with the goal of improving urban living, city's experience, etc. Analysis of the data generated by a wide range of sensors and actuators allows controlling the city in a better and more automated way, with respect to e.g. the view on the city's mobility patterns. To realize a smart city infrastructure we consider three layers: the network/sensor layer, i.e. a city-wide network based on a variety of communication technologies and its protocol stacks together with a variety of sensors allowing the collection of raw data; a data layer, dealing with the continuous stream of data and its techniques for processing, storing, mining; an application layer, responsible for interpreting the processed data stream for more optimally controlling the city. The network/sensor layer will be covered by the MOSAIC research group (Dept. Mathematics and Computer Science, Chris Blondia and Steven Latré), while the data layer will be dealt with by the ADREM research group (Dept. Mathematics and Computer Science, Bart Goethals) and finally the application layer is the responsibility of the Transport and Regional Economics research group (Dept. Transport and Regional Economics, Eddy Van de Voorde and Thierry Vaneslander). The general aim of this project is to bring together the expertise present at the University of Antwerp at each of these layers, in order to bundle the research and come up – through an intensive collaboration - with a framework covering the three layers. More specifically, we will build an integrated smart city platform, tailored towards mobility, that allows to capture, process, analyze, interpret and control smart city data in general and mobility data particularly. As discussed in the next section, this will result in important novel research contributions in each of the three layers and will result in a proof-of-concept where the research results are combined into a demonstrator.

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Port capacity: pricing and investment under uncertainty. The development of a game-theoretical real options model in the maritime chain. 01/01/2016 - 03/08/2019

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The market shares, profits and net benefits of ports competing for the same fore- and hinterland can be significantly influenced by the decision when and how much to invest in additional capacity. The ultimate goal of this research is to evaluate and optimize investment and pricing decisions in ports under uncertainty resulting from economic, financial, environmental and technological variations. Port infrastructure projects are characterized as large-scaled, complex, irreversible and encompassing long lead times. Especially because demand is highly uncertain and cyclic and because ports are involved in an intertwined maritime supply chain inducing extra uncertainty, mismatching capacity can result in periods of overcapacity at high cost or scarcity resulting in waiting times. This influences the welfare of intertwined maritime actors. Private and social net benefits of port infrastructure projects are traditionally valuated using net present value analysis. Real options were introduced in literature as an alternative valuation method, allowing specifically for irreversibility and uncertainty. Inclusion of such a specific model with multiple actors in the cost benefit analysis allows going one step further and create a new, well-elaborated methodology to calculate and maximize benefits created in ports. This independent and fundamental research is required to calculate compensational transfers between the involved actors.

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Delivery of a logistic study on cross-border parcel delivery. 01/10/2015 - 31/01/2016

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This study explores the cross-border parcel logistics operations and its associated costs, in the context of the EU28, and focusing on B2C logistics chains. In particular, the study: - Describes the logistics operations in cross-border parcel delivery of postal operators, integrators, and other parcel delivery operators; - Estimates and analyses cost factors and drivers in different phases of the logistics chain; - Examines the cost impacts of last-mile delivery options (lockers, retail points, delivery to premises); - Describes the reverse logistics operations and its costs.

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LowCarb RFC- European Rail Freight Corridors going Carbon Neutral. 01/09/2015 - 31/08/2018

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The LowCarb-RFC study aims at identifying options and pathways for deep cuts in carbon emissions from long-distance freight transport in Europe. It looks at two main freight corridors crossing Germany, and in particular the federal state of North-Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). The study will look at impacts along the corridors and in particular in the logistics sector of NRW. The options considered are a massive shift to carbon-free rail services versus a full unfolding of new technologies on the road. The analyses will be supported by investigations options, drivers and barriers to institutional change, supported by an international rail freight stake-holder platform.

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Intellectual services relative to roundtable on competition issues in liner shipping. 04/06/2015 - 20/06/2015

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the client. UA provides the client research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Project research into nearshoring 05/05/2015 - 30/06/2016

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Many companies that produced for long in Asia, take back the latest years the production or do open production facilities in Eastern Europe. To that purpose, together with VIL and seven companies, the project 'Nearshoring' runs to map the logistics opportunities of this trend and to play maximally into the trend.

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Sustainable Transport and Logistics. 01/01/2015 - 31/12/2019

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This project represents a research contract awarded by the University of Antwerp. The supervisor provides the Antwerp University research mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions stipulated by the university.

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Scientific review "Mobiliteitsbeeld 2014". 11/09/2014 - 19/11/2014

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the client. UA provides the client research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Brain-Transversal Assessment of Intermodel New Strategies (BRAIN-TRAINS). 01/12/2013 - 28/02/2018

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BRAIN-TRAINS deals with rail freight intermodality, and the extent to which it can be made successful, under market, society and policy-making challenges, and analyzing how intermodality contributes to answering these challenges. Starting point is the relative weak usage of this type of transport. The research proposal aims at building on existing knowiedge, integrating, and approaching the problem from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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Port Economic analysis , particularly with respect to generalized cost modeling of the entire supply chain. 19/11/2013 - 31/05/2015

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This port project has three objectives. They consist of testing the current chain model (validation), testing the interface and elaborating an additional application (external costs). These objectives concern the further elaboration of container transport.

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Working on competitiveness. Recommendations for a rail strategy for the Port of Ghent. 01/07/2012 - 30/11/2012

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Havenbedrijf Gent. UA provides Havenbedrijf Gent research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Research Centre Goods and Passenger Transport (2012-2015). 01/01/2012 - 31/12/2015

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Flemish Public Service. UA provides the Flemish Public Service research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Assessing the educational needs of engineers and researchers in aeronautics and air transport (EDUCAIR). 01/11/2011 - 30/07/2013

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The purpose of EDUCAIR is to improve the match between needs (demand) in human resources and the educational and training offer (offer) of skills across Europe and other regions in the World. EDUCAIR will identify the air transport and aeronautics needs in terms of staff training and education in the horizon of 2020, in order to recommend improvement in the current educational offers.

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Retrofitting ships with new technologies for improved overall environmental footprint (RETROFIT). 01/10/2011 - 31/01/2015

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Retrofitting is defined as the installation onboard ships of state-of-art or innovative components or systems and could in principle be driven by the need to meet new regulatory standards or by the ship owner interest to upgrade to higher operational standards. Retrofitting should become an established practice in the shipping industry involving the entire value chain and exploring the possibilities that may open to the industry on a continuous basis.

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BNP Paribas Fortis Chair in transport, logistics and ports. 01/10/2010 - 30/09/2021

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The University of Antwerp (Department of Transport and Regional Economics) and BNP Paribas Fortis have teamed to set up a Chair in transport, logistics and ports. Through the Chair, the University and the bank want to be able to react quickly and efficiently to new developments in the sea and logistics world. That world is constantly changing, and that is also true for the port and logistics sector. Large, new powers like India and Brazil will influence the transport sector. This Chair will respond to such issues, as well as to new trends in the field of logistics. There are also issues to act on at the micro level. For instance, once e-commerce gains strong ground, it will have consequences for the transport sector, the type of commodity flows, and the route that they follow. In the frame of this Chair, conferences and seminars will be organized to tackle these issues.

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Transport research market uptake (MARKET-UP). 01/10/2010 - 30/09/2012

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The concept behind this project becomes clearer when one understands the needs of a good market uptake of a research result. The purpose of a market uptake is to make research generated and scientific and technological developments accessible to private organisations. These stakeholders are encouraged to develop the technology further into new products, processes, materials or services that will enhance the industrial competitevess.

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Investigation of traffic flows from, to and within the Antwerp port area. 18/06/2010 - 31/10/2011

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This project will lead to an overview of traffic flows from, to and within the port of Antwerp, taking into account: - commuter traffic; - freight transport; - the flows between the left bank and the right bank.

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INLANAV - Innovative Inland Navigation. 01/05/2010 - 30/11/2011

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Three private partners (University of Antwerp, Schipco BV and Research Small Barges BV) are participating in the INLANAV-platform with a view of developing new vessel designs and facilitating market take-up. The concepts range from push barges powered by electric engines to the realization of an automatically guided barge with a greater hold; using new technologies and materials like for example composites. The University of Antwerp is examining a two stage tug and barge concept. In the first stage, the tug and barge concept sails on large waterways with several barges pushed by a single tug from seaports to the small inland waterways. In the second stage, at the entrance of a small inland waterway, the convoy is uncoupled and the small barges continue autonomously. The main focus of the concept is to combine economies of scale on large rivers (i.e. tugs and barges together) while the individual barges are small and economically feasible to sail on small waterways. This way the convoy can compete with its main competitor: road transport.

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Participation in the special commission charged with investigating the safety of the railway network in Belgium following the tragic train accident in Buizingen. 06/04/2010 - 07/05/2010

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This project represents a service agreement between the UA and the Chamber of Deputies. UA provides to the Chamber of Deputies research for "The safety of the railway network in Belgium following the tragic train accident in Buizingen" under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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INNOSUTRA - Innovation processes in surface transport. 01/01/2010 - 31/12/2011

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The main idea behind this project is to advance innovation integration in transport and logistics chains by focusing on improved market understanding, knowledge management and network organisation. Taking into account the main observations from the state of the art, it is clear that innovation in surface transportation and in logistics chains, as a change producing mechanism, needs to be much further assessed and benchmarked.

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High efficient and reliable arrangements for crossmodal transport (HERMES). 01/01/2010 - 31/12/2011

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HERMES project will provide development and analysis of new mobility schemes and associated organisational patterns at the interface and interconnection between long distance transport networks and local/regional transport networks. Although these are conceptually simple operations, requiring only some real-time telecommunication, there are organizational and contractual difficulties in its realisation. The first part should concentrate on identification of the key requirements of the travellers, the corresponding services and necessary underlying company agreements to provide them, followed by a business plan for the operation. The second part of the project would have demonstrations in the selected corridors for a period of at least 6 months of field experience.

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Preparation of a database and modeling of relevant trade flows. 19/11/2009 - 18/11/2013

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen. UA provides Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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What future for Flanders' seaports? Optimising port expansion and investment 01/10/2009 - 30/09/2010

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During the preparatory phase to the Strategic Basic Research (SBO), the project proposal to be written will focus on the following topics. In Flanders, there is a growing polarisation on the issue of freight transport infrastructure in general and port expansion and investment in particular. Policy support tools and models are therefore needed to devise and implement sustainable port management strategies. The purpose of this study may be summarised as follows: developing innovative policy support instruments to complement existing mainstream analysis approaches. Due attention shall be paid to the tuning of and interactions between these tools.

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Tactical study E313 by taking future scenarios and goods transport. 05/09/2008 - 05/09/2009

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The project deals with tactical research into possible measures for an improved traffic on the E313 motorway. A number of scenarios of economic development and policy are calculated. In these scenarios, among others, worldwide transport and logistics developments are considered, just like developments in seaports, inland navigation and rail, and logistics policy at Flemish, Belgian and European level.

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Problems and opportunities regarding the optimization of the fine-mazed distribution. 13/09/2007 - 28/10/2008

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The assignment comprises the visualization of the bottlenecks and opportunities in relation to the optimisation of fine-mazed distribution. This happens with the aid of an extensive and representative literature reivew, as well as the evaluation of relevant exemplary projects in the homeland and abroad. The aim of this enumeration is getting grip on the problem and the possibilities in terms of fine-mazed distribution, in order to select a concrete action around this theme and complete the Flanders Logistics subproject 'spreading freigth traffic in time'.

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Motorways of the sea-European style. (MOSES) 01/06/2007 - 31/05/2010

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MOSES' main goal is to develop a blue print establishing the detailed criteria and conditions for developing an innovative European network of Motorways of the Sea (MoS) as part of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). Today short sea shipping and intermodal transport have a market share of European transport of 43% and 9% respectively. There is still ample spare capacity for these more environment-friendly transport modes and the issue is how to increase their market share significantly so that the objectives of the Commissions reviewed Transport White Paper can be reached.

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The consequences of the growing low-cost-airline sector for transport infrastructures and passenger flows in Europe. 27/04/2007 - 26/10/2007

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Research into the optimization of the opening hours of seaports terminals. 21/03/2007 - 31/07/2007

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Review of paper: "The extent of congestion and the outlook for congestion in Inland, Maritime and Air Transport". 01/02/2007 - 19/02/2007

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Assistance in evaluating the outlook for the development of congestion and contributing to the next regarding ports and maritime and inland shipping.

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Policy Study Centre Mobility and Public Construction (2007-2011). 01/01/2007 - 31/12/2011

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Flemish Public Service. UA provides the Flemish Public Service research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Analysis of the contribution of transport policies to the productivity and competitiveness of the European economy and comparison with the United States (COMPETE). 01/02/2006 - 15/04/2006

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Generalisation of research on accounts and cost estimation (GRACE). 01/07/2005 - 31/12/2007

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EMR Transport Database for the EU Region Maas-Rijn. 18/04/2005 - 17/10/2006

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Direct and indirect effects of port acitivity: a disaggregate analysis. 01/04/2005 - 31/12/2005

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Freight Transport Models in the Netherlands: development and application. 01/01/2005 - 01/03/2005

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The currently within the Netherlands available freight transport models cannot be used to respond to some of the policy problems. Moreover, these models do not comply with the expectation pattern of the model user. This research project has to formulate an advice concerning the future development and application of freight transport models.

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The future role of Brussels Airport concerning freight. 04/08/2004 - 03/02/2005

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The goal of the project is to make a 10 year forecast of the cargo demand at Brussels airport and to determine the required investments taken into consideration the barriers-to-change and the barriers-to-expand. The supply side analysis is based on a benchmarking of geographical competitors and the best performing European airports. Demand and supply characteristics are taken into consideration for the determination of the freight strategy to follow at Brussels airport.

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Optimal landuse in and around European port regions: The search for a sustainable development for both region and port. 01/01/2003 - 31/12/2004

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This research project looks into the simultaneously evolving spatial systems region and port in large European port areas. Possibly a spatial conflict will present itself because of the enormous need for space resulting from both systems. On the other hand, to co-existence of city and neighbouring port results in quite a few advantages. As to fully picture the complete relationship, we will approach the developments from different dimensions. Resulting from empirical resarch and international cooperation-alliances, it is our goal to put forward some policy guidelines that will handle thus universal trouble-spot.

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To write an introductory report under the topic "Transport and economic growth: which interdependencies?" 01/01/2003 - 29/10/2003

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The promotor has been accepted to write an introductory reprot, together with H. Meersman, for the 16th international symposium of the ECMT (European Conference of ministers of transport) (budapest, 29-30 october 2003) over "50 years of transport research: post experience and major challenges ahead".

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Scientific support of the working of the Flemish Forum for Air Transport 01/11/2002 - 30/06/2004

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On demand of the ministry of the Flemish Community scientific support is given in air transport economics.

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Application of the model MOBILEC-BENELUX. 01/10/2002 - 30/11/2002

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    Integrated freight analysis within cities (infact) 01/07/2002 - 30/06/2004

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    Membership agreement in the framework of the thematic network IMPRINT EUROPE for developing recommendations for how to implement transport pricing reform based on the principle of marginal cost pricing. 01/05/2002 - 31/05/2002

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    This contract defines the work to be performed in the framework of a two day seminar about "implementing reform on transport pricing: identifying mode-specific issues". The promoter was asked to give an overview of the main questions related to the implementation of pricing policies in the maritime transport sector.

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      Evaluation of the qualitative differences between modes of transport of goods. 15/12/2001 - 30/06/2005

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      The purpose of this research project is to look into the qualitative differences for the various modes of transport. Specifically, among the features treated, there's safety, reliability, flexibility, punctuality, information and risk for damage. During the project, our intention is to measure, and possibly make use of the resulting (cost) advantages. The type of goods and organisation of shipper and addressee (organisation of stock and distribution) are decisive for the final mode choice. The importance of these factors due to the international character of most transports and the growing number of intermediaries. Through a questionnaire, the necessary information will be gathered to scientifically study this trouble spot,

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      Participation into research 'Marginal Cost-Benefit Analysis Iron Rhine'. 15/04/2001 - 15/09/2001

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        Project advise in the frame of the project 'Policy vision Commodity Transport South-Netherlands and Flanders'. 28/02/2001 - 31/10/2001

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          Determinants and consequences of migration with special attention or the relation betwaaen illegal migration and organised crime 01/01/2001 - 31/12/2004

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          Migration raises several important social issues. Does worldwide liberalisation of international trade lead to decreasing migratry pressure? What effects has the economic integration of Central and Eastern Europe into the EU on East-West migration? Does migration lead to diminishing employment opportunities or wages for locals? What are the benefits of migration and for whom? How can the social choice for a stop in the migration be explained? What are the costs and benefits of such a policy? How can integration of immigrants be encouraged in a cost-effective way? In this research project a number of questions will be adressed. The goal of the project is to deepen the knowledge of the determinants and the consequences of migration and to strenghen policy making views. The cetral theme of the project is the study of the causes and cosequences of migration in general, but more specifically thedevelopment of a paradigm on the relation betwaan illegal migration and organised crime

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          Company logistics costs and transport policy: the role of inventories and delivery times in case of multimodal choice 01/01/2001 - 31/12/2004

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          Inventory costs and delivery times are important determinants of the toal logistic performance of a company. Moreover, both inventory costs and delivery times are closely related to modal choice decision making. A current problem to forecasting the fluctuations in demand and delivery time. With respect to both factors, several theoretical assumptions can be made. Related to above-statedproblem are a number of subproblems which are also important: e.g. such issues as optimal delivery quantitiy and order date, both are strongly related to the characteristics of the delivery time; cost/time of inventory keeping; importance of safety stocks and safety delivery times; risks and shortage costs and costs of late deliveries; and influence of new developments in logisitic management (time-based competition, just-in-time delivery and zero inventories, role of new information technologies, web applications). Besides theoretically analyzing and modelling the importance of inventories and deliverytimes with respect to transport decisions, the present project aims to test the proposed findeings by means of empirical evidence taken at company level. The obtained results will be used to answer a number of policy relvant questions regarding transport and mobility by means of simulations (e.g. Which government measures will influence the logistic trade-off between road and inland waterways? Whichgovenment actions will convince logistic managers to opt for inland waterways or rail instead of raodtransport?)

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          EC contract: study on the cost of transport in the European union in orde to estimate and assess the marginal costs of the use of transport. 01/01/2001 - 29/08/2001

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            Drafting synthesis report on research in the area of Transport performed by DWTC. 23/10/2000 - 31/01/2001

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            The output of the project is a document that makes a synthesis and evaluation of the programme on 'Transport and Mobility' (1990-1995) and 'Sustainable Mobility' (1996-2000) of DWTC

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              Presidency of the ECMT's 15th International Symposium on Theory and Practice in Transport Econmics, Thessaloniki (Greece): 'Key questions for Transport from the Year 2000' (European Conference of Minister of Transport) 07/06/2000 - 09/06/2000

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              Presidency of the ECMT's 15th International Symposium on Theory and Practice in Transport Economics, Thessaloniki (Greece): 'Key questions for Transport from the Year 2000' (European Conference of Minister of Transport)

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                Benchmarking of benchmarking (BOB) 01/06/2000 - 31/05/2003

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                The overall objective of the proposed study 'Benchmarking of Benchmarking' (BOB) is to asses how performance measures and benchmarking can support the development and implementation of the various elements of a European sustainable transport policy. This objective is linked to the problem description, stating that there is a growing need to improve the quality, efficiency, safety and sustainability of the European transport system. //..The subjects of benchmarking will be new and relevant for European transport policy. In this way the project contributes to three situations in the transport sector where Europe faces difficulties in executing the Community policy and where solutions should be found. It is foreseen to select three items out of the following four: air traffic management, nodal point, border crossings, rail quality from the costumer point of view.

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                  Models of freight transport in the view of the ICES-research 01/01/2000 - 30/06/2000

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                    Designing a policy plan for sustainable mobility 01/01/1999 - 30/06/2000

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                    Research tasks ://..- describing further research//..- overview opinions and points of departure sustainable mobility//..- evaluation mutually consistent multimodal models//..- evaluation of modelling freight transport in function of sustainable mobility//..- supply of input for freight transport model (trend scenario, sustainability scenario), intrepretation of the results//..- quantitative and content analysis of the different scenarios (freight transport), synthesis , points of agreement, diverging opinions//..- contribution to the setup of an assessment framework and evaluation of policy measures concerning the designed policy plan

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                      Analysis of the cost structure of the TEN ports (ATENCO) 01/01/1999 - 31/10/1999

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                      The ATENCO research study has as its main goal the careful assessment of the multiple positive and negative impacts resulting from the introduction of new charging and financing principles both on the European port system as a whole and on the different types of ports (e.g.ports can be classified in terms of ownership structure, financing sources, traffic flow diversification, port functions, etc.)

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                        Counselling concerning economic evaluation of the STI Maintenance project. 01/11/1998 - 31/10/1999

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                        The researchers involved in this project will investigate ://..- if the economic evaluation of the STI can be continued on the basis of documents prepared for this purpose by the AEIF//..- if the AEIF has used a correct method for the economic evaluation of the STI//..- if the AEIF has in generally conducted a correct economic evaluation of the STI Maintenance

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                            Mobility plan Antwerp. Support of the use and further development of the multi modal traffic and transport models. 01/02/1997 - 30/11/1997

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                            The purpose of this task is to ensure the further use, the exploitation as well the further development of the multi modal traffic and transport models (transport of persons and goods) for the province Antwerp and the district Sint-Niklaas. The purpose is also to incorporate the effects of projects and policy measures made on the basis of this model.

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                              Development and changes in the port of Antwerp: political, institutional, micro and macro economic aspects (1900-1994). 01/01/1997 - 31/12/2000

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                              The project intends to study the changes in the functions of the Antwerp port in a multi-disciplinary way. The different parts will be analysed by four different research centres, with different approaches: political history, economic history, business history and transport economy.

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                                Towards a durable mobility: economic and spatial effects of increasing goods traffic 01/12/1996 - 30/06/2001

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                                Goods traffic continues to play a key role in the debate on durable development. This is mainly due to the growing awareness of a number of negative effects which result from goods traffic: environmental effects, safety effects and effects on the livability of cities. The government can and must act . However, in order to act , it needs a coherent set of instruments. This project attemps to provide the basic materials for such a set of instruments.

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                                  Sustainable Mobility 01/12/1996 - 30/11/2000

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                                  Goods traffic continues to play a key role in the debate on durable development. The government (international, national and regional) can and must act. However, in order to act, it need a coherent set of instruments. This research focuses on the impact of goods traffic and attempts to provide the basic materials for such set of instruments.//..The research project consists of two parts. The first part deals with the identification and quantification of the external effects of goods traffic with respect to mobility and safety. Stageone concerns the description, analysis and prognosis of goods traffic in Belgium with respect to the European network. In a second stage, the external effects generated by goods traffic will be accurately identified from both an economic and an environmental perspective. In phase three the external effects wil be quantified. //..Once the external effects are identified and quantified, the question arises whether their costs can be internalised, especially since it concerns negative effects (cf. part two of this resaerch project).

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                                    Organized Transport in the Wood and Building Industries 01/10/1996 - 30/11/1997

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                                    Making use of existing material (including CCHB-surveys, mobility research), this project intends to analyse microeconomic behaviour within this sector, and to provide a scientifically sound analysis for future policy of the CCHB (Christelijke Centrale Hout en Bouw), the catholic trade union for workers in the wood and building industries.

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                                      The effect of economic growth on future freight transport. Report for the CEMT-OECD 01/10/1996 - 31/10/1996

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                                      The report for the CEMT-OECD gives an analysis of the relation between economic growth and freight transport. It also considers the consequences of a sustained growth for the modal choice in freight transport.

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                                        Mobility plan Antwerp. Support of the use and further development of the multi modal traffic and transport models. 01/06/1996 - 31/12/1996

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                                        The purpose of this task is to ensure the further use, the exploitation as well the further development of the multi modal traffic and transport models (transport of persons and goods) for the province Antwerp and the district Sint-Niklaas. The purpose is also to incorporate the effects of projects and policy measures made on the basis of this model.

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                                          Strategic organisation and regulations in transport - inter urban travel (SORT-IT) 01/01/1996 - 31/12/1998

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                                          As associated contractor for this EC-research programme the SESO transport group will study the effects of the organisation and regulation of the inland waterways on its performance, with particular reference to the European Common Transport Policy and the development of Trans-European Networks.

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                                            Pilot survey on transport services 01/06/1995 - 31/12/1995

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                                            By order of EUROSTAT each member state of the European Union had to survey a number of selected transport companies. Purpose of the survey was to get a total overview of the transport sector in Belgium and to give an idea of the competitive position of each company. A description of crucial variables like investments, turnover, employement, maintenance, kilometres performed, ... is given.

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                                              Study of port development in Beirut. 01/04/1995 - 31/07/1995

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                                              This study aims at an analysis of the specific situation of the port of Beirut over the short term and of the external context (analysis of the maritime traffic, port development in the Mediterranean area). On this basis, we shall try to determine the future possibilities of this port (activities, competitive advantage).

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                                                Aspects of port competitiveness. 01/01/1995 - 31/12/1998

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                                                This study aims at an inter-disciplinary, empirical analysis of those factors that influence the competitiveness of ports. It is based on the co-operation of the three institutions of the University of Antwerp. From this inter-disciplinary, empirical study, we shall derive recommandations to improve the competitiveness of individual ports and of clusters of ports in general, and of Antwerp and the Belgian ports in particular.

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                                                  Scenario analysis for a mobility plan for the Antwerp region. 01/05/1994 - 30/09/1994

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                                                  This project reviews the development of traffic in the province of Antwerp and the Sint-Niklaas district from now till the first decades of the next century under different assumptions: unchanged policies, implementation of the new structural plan for Flanders or a restrictive policy of land use.

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                                                    Modernising the 'Maasroute': a critical screening of a cost-benefit analysis. 01/04/1994 - 31/05/1994

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                                                    The study concerns a critical screening of a cost-benefit analysis, including a screening of the studies concerning the hypotheses, the methodology, the prognoses, the results and the policy conclusions.

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                                                      The Dutch Inland Navigation System: A model 01/11/1993 - 30/06/1994

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                                                      In 1993 we came to the assistance of the NEA in their attempt to fix the main maintenance activities. The stress was laid on the verification of the reliability of the system.

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                                                        Possibilities for the development of a multimodal transport centre in East-Belgium. 01/09/1993 - 31/08/1994

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                                                        This project will try to supply material and a scientific analysis for a strategy towards the possible development of a multimodal terminal in East-Belgium. Special attention will be given to: the effect on the transport problems of the firms involved; on their transport strategies; the optimal organisation of the infrastructure.

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                                                          The effect of new trends in transport on trade and industry in 'de Kempen' 01/08/1993 - 31/01/1995

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                                                          This research will try to give scientific material in order to elaborate a strategy towards the development of the 'Iron Rhine'. Special attention is given to the influence of this transportproject on 'de Kempen'.

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                                                            01/07/1993 - 31/12/1993

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                                                              Multimodal Model for transport and transportation in the Antwerp province with an extension to the Antwerp district. 01/05/1993 - 30/06/1994

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                                                              The aim for this project is giving assistance for the development of a model for freight transport in the Antwerp province and the Sint-Niklaas district. The assistance goes to followed: firstly the last development of scientific research will be incorporated; secondly a link will be created between this project and the national Impulse programme 'Transport & Mobility'; lastly an economic interpretation of empirical results will be given.

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                                                                Maintenance activities for policy information systems: inland shipping 1992-93 01/05/1993 - 30/06/1993

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                                                                For the detailed analysis of the Dutch inland shipping model a prior audit which was carried out by the University of Antwerp (UFSIA) will be used. The main goal is: the enlargement of the reliability/verifiability of the system; the adaptation of the system to a larger model system.

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                                                                  The prospective market for industrial transport schemes. 01/02/1993 - 30/09/1993

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                                                                  The aim for this research project is to get a quantitative insight in the prospective market for industrial transport schemes. Is this 'market' large enough in other words is it usefull to invest in industrial transport schemes as a tool to solve the traffic-jam?

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                                                                    The Scheldt-Dyle region: data for spatial planning. 01/12/1992 - 31/01/1993

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                                                                    For the study region, data about population and employment are collected in respect of their evolution, thus giving a base for the study of shifts in the housing and economic functions.

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                                                                      Quantitative indicators for ports. 01/12/1992 - 31/01/1993

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                                                                      The central goal of this study could be defined as follows: to propose a set of indicators which can be used to compare the regional availability of port infrastructures (in relation to need) and to compare the availability of infrastructure and equipment in individual ports, the performance of these infrastructures and the efforts made to improve the infrastructure available.

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                                                                        Investments requirements in the Community's logging regions between 1994 and 2000 01/07/1991 - 30/11/1991

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                                                                        The aim of this study is to quantify the total investment the Community's lagging regions would need to make in port infrastructures between 1994 and 2000, in order to enable them to handle efficiently the expected volume of freight and passenger traffic.

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                                                                          Evalution of the Dutch Commodity Transport Models 01/06/1991 - 30/11/1991

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                                                                          Purpose of this study is to give the principal an idea about the improvement of the Dutch commodity transport models. Which models must be further supported? What has to be modified?

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                                                                            Impulse Programme 'Transport and Mobility': realization of the Multi-Modal Interurban Model. 01/12/1990 - 30/09/1996

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                                                                            Purpose of this study is the coordination of the different model proceedings: inventory of the model needs; definition of the desirable output; coordination of the model specifications; delivery of the finished model to the users.

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                                                                              Impulse Programm 'transport and Mobility':Generation and Modal Split for Commodity transport (Interurban Model) 01/12/1990 - 30/09/1996

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                                                                              Purpose of this study is on the one side the development of the module generation inter-urban commodity transport, on the other hand the development of the module modal split for inter-urban commodity transport. Both partial modules will be fit in the global inter-urban model. They will be desaggregated to space and category of commodities.

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                                                                                Impulse Program 'Transport and Mobility': Generation and Modal Split for Commodity Transport and Services (Intra-urban Model) 01/12/1990 - 30/09/1996

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                                                                                Purpose of this module is the scientific support of the approximation of the model intra-urban commodity transport and services in interaction with the development of the Multi-Modal Inter-urban Model (MIM).

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                                                                                  Transport economics 01/02/1990 - 31/01/1996

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