Antwerpen, Belgium

Antwerp Maritime Academy
Antwerpen, Belgium

The Antwerp Maritime Academy is a university college in Belgium, located in the north of Antwerp. Future officers of the Merchant Navy and Belgian Navy are educated here. The Antwerp Maritime Academy is the only Vocational university in Belgium allowed to teach in both Vernaculars, being Dutch and French.There are two sections at the academy: Nautical science and Marine engineering. Marine engineering: results in a Bachelor's Degree in Marine Engineering after a three-year cycle. Nautical science: results in a Bachelor's Degree in Nautical science after a three-year cycle. To obtain a Master's Degree in Nautical science a second, one-year cycle is required.The Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Nautical science are multidimensional: technical subjects combined with languages, economics, medicine and law. The courses do not only have to comply with regulations set by the local education authorities, they have to meet stringent international and quality-standard requirements set by the International Maritime Organisation .The Antwerp Maritime Academy is, because of her specific profile, the smallest academy in Flanders with ca. 670 students . Wikipedia.

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Pishvaee M.S.,University of Tehran | Farahani R.Z.,National University of Singapore | Farahani R.Z.,Amirkabir University of Technology | Dullaert W.,Amirkabir University of Technology | And 2 more authors.
Computers and Operations Research | Year: 2010

Logistics network design is a major strategic issue due to its impact on the efficiency and responsiveness of the supply chain. This paper proposes a model for integrated logistics network design to avoid the sub-optimality caused by a separate, sequential design of forward and reverse logistics networks. First, a bi-objective mixed integer programming formulation is developed to minimize the total costs and maximize the responsiveness of a logistics network. To find the set of non-dominated solutions, an efficient multi-objective memetic algorithm is developed. The proposed solution algorithm uses a new dynamic search strategy by employing three different local searches. To assess the quality of the novel solution approach, the quality of its Pareto-optimal solutions is compared to those generated by an existing powerful multi-objective genetic algorithm from the recent literature and to exact solutions obtained by a commercial solver. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Notteboom T.,University of Antwerp | Notteboom T.,Antwerp Maritime Academy | Rodrigue J.-P.,Hofstra University
Maritime Policy and Management | Year: 2012

The terminal and stevedoring industry has expanded substantially in recent years with the emergence of global container terminal operators controlling large multinational portfolios of terminal assets. This paper deals with the emerging corporate geography in the container terminal industry with issues related to the similarities or differences among terminal locations, the processes leading to the expansion of these holdings and the interactions they maintain as nodes within the global freight distribution system. It will be demonstrated that terminal operators show varying degrees of involvement in the main cargo handling markets around the world and that business cycles and a changing world economic geography can alter the geographical orientation of operators' investment strategies. We unravel the corporate geography of leading firms such as Hutchison Port Holdings, Port of Singapore Authority, DP World, and APM Terminals, but also operators that are more regionally focused, such as Ports America, Eurogate, SSA Marine, and ICTSI. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Notteboom T.,University of Antwerp | Notteboom T.,Antwerp Maritime Academy | De Langen P.,TU Eindhoven | Jacobs W.,University Utrecht
Journal of Transport Geography | Year: 2013

This paper deals with path dependence in seaport governance. A central notion in this respect is lock-in. Economic geographers have recently started to reconsider the deterministic perspective on lock-in and developed the concept of institutional plasticity. Such plasticity is the result of actions of actors to purposefully 'recombine and convert or reinterpret institutions for their new objectives or transfer institutions to different contexts' (Strambach, 2010). This concept is applied to seaports, where so far, path dependence and lock-in have not been studied in detail. Our main conclusion is that a process of institutional stretching takes place when port authorities see a need to develop new capabilities and activities. In this process new layers are added to existing arrangements, gradually leading to a formalised governance reform but without breaking out of the existing path of development. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Notteboom T.E.,University of Antwerp | Notteboom T.E.,Antwerp Maritime Academy
Journal of Transport Geography | Year: 2012

The Suez Canal plays a pivotal role in today's global container shipping network, in particularly in accommodating vessels sailing on the important Asia-Europe trade lane. This paper analyses to what extent and for which trade lanes the Cape route could develop into a competitive alternative to the Suez route. The market potential of the Cape route is analysed using a distance analysis, a transit time analysis and a generalized cost analysis for a large set of O/D relations. We compare vessel interlining via the port of Algeciras with interlining via the new port of Ngqura in South Africa. The results show that the Cape route has the potential to serve as an alternative to the Suez route on 11 trade lanes. A scenario and sensitivity analysis reveals that interlining via a hub near the Cape is expected to become more competitive due to a combination of higher Suez Canal transit fees, better vessel economics, higher bunker costs, slow steaming practices and subject to a more competitive terminal pricing strategy of southern African transhipment facilities. The expected emergence of the Cape route should be seen as the embodiment of a promising development of south-south trade volumes between Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and South America. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Engels T.C.E.,University of Antwerp | Engels T.C.E.,Antwerp Maritime Academy | Ossenblok T.L.B.,University of Antwerp | Spruyt E.H.J.,University of Antwerp
Scientometrics | Year: 2012

An analysis of the changing publication patterns in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in the period 2000-2009 is presented on the basis of the VABB-SHW, a full coverage database of peer reviewed publication output in SSH developed for the region of Flanders, Belgium. Data collection took place as part of the Flemish performance-based funding system for university research. The development of the database is described and an overview of its contents presented. In terms of coverage of publications by the Web of Science we observe considerable differences across disciplines in the SSH. The overall growth rate in number of publications is over 62. 1%, but varies across disciplines between 7.5 and 172.9%. Publication output grew faster in the Social Sciences than in the Humanities. A steady increase in the number and the proportion of publications in English is observed, going hand in hand with a decline in publishing in Dutch and other languages. However, no overall shift away from book publishing is observed. In the Humanities, the share of book publications even seems to be increasing. The study shows that additional full coverage regional databases are needed to be able to characterise publication output in the SSH. © 2012 Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary.

Verleysen F.T.,University of Antwerp | Engels T.C.E.,University of Antwerp | Engels T.C.E.,Antwerp Maritime Academy
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology | Year: 2013

The Publishers Association of Flanders, Belgium, has created a label for peer-reviewed books: the Guaranteed Peer Reviewed Content (GPRC) label ( We introduce the label and the logic behind it. A label for peer-reviewed books encourages transparency in academic book publishing. It is especially relevant for the social sciences and humanities and in the context of performance-based funding of university research. © 2012 ASIS&;T.

Nagata Y.,Tokyo Institute of Technology | Braysy O.,University of Jyväskylä | Dullaert W.,University of Antwerp | Dullaert W.,Antwerp Maritime Academy
Computers and Operations Research | Year: 2010

In this paper, we present an effective memetic algorithm for the vehicle routing problem with time windows (VRPTW). The paper builds upon an existing edge assembly crossover (EAX) developed for the capacitated VRP. The adjustments of the EAX operator and the introduction of a novel penalty function to eliminate violations of the time window constraint as well as the capacity constraint from offspring solutions generated by the EAX operator have proven essential to the heuristic's performance. Experimental results on Solomon's and Gehring and Homberger benchmarks demonstrate that our algorithm outperforms previous approaches and is able to improve 184 best-known solutions out of 356 instances. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Rodrigue J.-P.,Hofstra University | Notteboom T.,University of Antwerp | Notteboom T.,Antwerp Maritime Academy
Journal of Transport Geography | Year: 2010

The global freight distribution system has been impacted by convergence in terms of technology, infrastructure, modes and terminals. Still, in spite of strong converging forces, it can be argued that logistical practices are far from being uniform. This paper analyses the regionalism in freight transport systems by providing a comparative analysis of gateway logistics practices in North America and Europe. It is demonstrated that Europe and North America are not walking the same paths when it comes to the configuration of transport and logistics networks, via operational decisions and the setting of a regulatory framework. The attributes of gateways, corridors, hinterlands, regulation, governance, value chains and labor provide an analytical framework to understand the regionalism of freight distribution in the North American and European contexts, as well as anywhere else. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

Notteboom T.E.,University of Antwerp | Notteboom T.E.,Antwerp Maritime Academy
Journal of Transport Geography | Year: 2010

The European container port system features a unique blend of different port types and sizes combined with a vast economic hinterland. This paper provides an update of the detailed container traffic analysis developed by Notteboom (1997) by extending it to the period 1985-2008 and to 78 container ports. The paper also aims at identifying key trends and issues underlying recent developments in the European container port system. These trends include the formation of multi-port gateway regions, changes in the hinterland orientation of ports and port regionalization processes. While the local hinterland remains the backbone of ports' traffic positions, a growing demand for routing flexibility fuels competition for distant hinterlands between multi-port gateway regions. The prevailing assumption that containerisation would lead to further port concentration is not a confirmed fact in Europe: the European port system and most of its multi-port gateway regions witness a gradual cargo deconcentration process. Still, the container handling market remains far more concentrated than other cargo handling segments in the European port system, as there are strong market-related factors supporting a relatively high cargo concentration level in the container sector. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

Jacobs W.,University Utrecht | Notteboom T.,Antwerp Maritime Academy
Environment and Planning A | Year: 2011

How do seaports evolve in relation to each other? Recent studies in port economics and transport geography have been focused on how supply-chain integration has structurally changed the competitive landscape in which individual ports and port actors operate. Port regionalization has been addressed as the corresponding new phase in the spatial and functional evolution of port systems. However, these studies lack theoretical foundations that allow us to assess empirically the role either of the institutional context or of strategic agency in the competitive (spatial and functional) evolution of regional (integrated) port systems. The authors present an evolutionary framework to analyze the development of seaports in a regional context by making use of the concept of 'windows of opportunity'. The role of seaport-based evolution in the processes aimed at positioning market players and ports on the container scene in the Rhine-Scheldt Delta is examined. © 2011 Pion Ltd and its Licensors.

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