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Van der Lugt L.M.,Erasmus University Rotterdam | Rodrigues S.B.,Erasmus University Rotterdam | Van den Berg R.,Port of Rotterdam Authority
Journal of Transport Geography | Year: 2014

This paper explores changes in the strategic orientation of port authorities and terminal operators towards the hinterland network in the Ports of Rotterdam and Barcelona. Port authorities and terminal operators are economically, institutionally and geographically related organizations. The argument here is that such organizations experience a mutually influential and interactive effect in their strategy over time. The research explores the evolution of the market, institutional and governance forces behind these organizations' strategic orientation, while acknowledging their interdependence and interrelationship. To that end, it builds a conceptual framework analysing these organizations' strategies in different points in time. It draws upon firms and port theories to design a co-evolutionary framework, which is later refined with insights gained from an empirical study of the port context. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Van den Berg R.,Port of Rotterdam Authority | De Langen P.W.,TU Eindhoven
Maritime Policy and Management | Year: 2014

The two main value propositions in international container transport are 'port-to-port' services and 'door-to-door' services. In port-to-port services, buyers 'just' purchase maritime transport from a shipping line. Door-to-door services comprise the total transport chain and include land-based transport. Carriers as well as forwarders offer these door-to-door services. In this paper we provide a qualitative assessment of an emerging third value proposition that is centred around inland terminals (ILTs). Such a value proposition consists of transport up to the ILT, and may have advantages over port-to-port services, such as better leverage of scale economies, better repositioning of empty containers and better alignment with the business model of forwarders. This paper conceptually and empirically explores such a value proposition. © 2014 © 2014 Taylor & Francis. Source

Van den Berg R.,Port of Rotterdam Authority | De Langen P.W.,TU Eindhoven
International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications | Year: 2016

The transport sector accounts for 25% of the global CO2 emissions. All firms in the transport industry share a responsibility for this environmental impact. This paper explores, as one of the first, the attitude of both shippers and forwarders, as the main purchasers of transport services, towards environmental sustainability in the sourcing of transport services. Based on a literature review we develop several hypotheses and test those through a survey among shippers and forwarders in the Netherlands. We conclude that shippers focus more on sustainability than forwarders, the size of shippers has a positive influence on the demand for transparency of the environmental performance, explicit sustainability targets have a positive influence on the demand for sustainable solutions and the vast majority of shippers and forwarders expect an increased importance of sustainable purchasing. © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group Source

Peters D.J.,Royal Haskoning | Broos E.J.,Port of Rotterdam Authority | Gresnigt A.M.,Technical University of Delft | Van Es S.H.J.,Technical University of Delft
Proceedings of the International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference | Year: 2015

Spirally welded tubes are an economic solution if large diameter tubular piles are to be applied, e.g. in combined walls to resist ground and water pressure in harbours and support the vertical loads from the quay. In order to quantify the effect of internal soil on bending resistance and post-buckling behaviour of the pipe a test program with 24 pipe bending tests has been carried out and new design rules were developed for the Dutch Handbook Quay Walls (CUR, 2013). In the paper a summary is given of the motivation and the results of the tests. The test programme comprised spirally welded pipes with diameter to wall thickness ratios between 72 and 119, steel grades up to X65, with and without sand-fill. The test results are analysed applying analytical modelling. The sand-fill has a limited positive effect on the initiation of local buckling. The big difference is the post-buckling behaviour, where the sand-fill resists the development of the buckles which results in a significantly less steep decline of the bending moment capacity compared to tubes without sand-fill. Copyright © 2015 by the International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE). Source

Rijnsburger S.,Technical University of Delft | van der Hout C.M.,Netherlands Institute for Sea Research | van Tongeren O.,Port of Rotterdam Authority | de Boer G.J.,Van Oord ACZ | And 3 more authors.
Ocean Dynamics | Year: 2016

This study identifies and unravels the processes that lead to stratification and destratification in the far field of a Region of Freshwater Influence (ROFI). We present measurements that are novel for two reasons: (1) measurements were carried out with two vessels that sailed simultaneously over two cross-shore transects; (2) the measurements were carried out in the far field of the Rhine ROFI, 80 km downstream from the river mouth. This unique four dimensional dataset allows the application of the 3D potential energy anomaly equation for one of the first times on field data. With this equation, the relative importance of the depth mean advection, straining and nonlinear processes over one tidal cycle is assessed. The data shows that the Rhine ROFI extends 80 km downstream and periodic stratification is observed. The analysis not only shows the important role of cross-shore tidal straining but also the significance of along-shore straining and depth mean advection. In addition, the nonlinear terms seem to be small. The presence of all the terms influences the timing of maximum stratification. The analysis also shows that the importance of each term varies in the cross-shore direction. One of the most interesting findings is that the data are not inline with several hypotheses on the functioning of straining and advection in ROFIs. This highlights the dynamic behaviour of the Rhine ROFI, which is valuable for understanding the distribution of fine sediments, contaminants and the protection of coasts. © 2016 The Author(s) Source

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