On 13 December 2016 TRAIL PhD student Shijie Li succesfully defended her PhD thesis ‘Coordinated Planning of Inland Vessels for Large Seaports’ at Delft University of Technology.
This research aims to improve the reliability and efficiency of inland vessel transport in seaports. Methods that achieve this facilitate flexible planning of transport over water, so that this transport mode can be better integrated into the synchromodal transport chain. With the proposed methods, vessel operators can decide to what extent they would like to be coordinated, either partially-cooperative or fully-cooperative. Furthermore, via closed-loop re-scheduling the proposed methods can take into account disturbances and generate new and better rotations for vessel operators based on the up-to-date information.