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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.

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. Source

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. Source

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. Source

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. Source

Nagata Y.,Tokyo Institute of Technology | Braysy O.,University of Jyvaskyla | 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. Source

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