The course aims to highlight the relationship between a sustainable international trade, maritime transport, logistics and port location and their planning and management. Emphasis is given in the analysis of major commercial maritime corridors and cargo flows, types of ships and their productivity, the role of commodity markets, short-sea shipping, operating cost and the analysis of fares. Other important issues in discussion are the balancing of supply and demand, the operation of the interconnected transport system, closed and open systems, unitized (containerized) and bulk cargoes, ferries, cabotage and passenger transport and finally the competition with other modes of transport.
The structure of the course is as follows:
- International Transport – Trends and prospects
- The Shipping Market. Global and regional Transport; International and Communal regulations
- Charter and Liner shipping.
- Short-sea shipping. Sea Routes. The Role of Ports.
- Safety and Environmental issues in Maritime Transport
- Presentation of Mid-term project assignment
- Combined Transport – Multimodal Transport Chains
- Facility Location Planning
- Transport Demand Modelling
- Route Choice Models
- Multi-Objective Problem Solving
- Transport Cost Models
- Presentation of End-of-term project assignment