Developing performance indicators for a logistics model for vessel platooning

Hilda Meersman, Eleni Moschouli, Christa Sys, Eddy Van der Voorde, Thierry Vanelslander, Edwin van Hassel, Benjamin Friedhoff, Robert Hekkenberg, Katja Hoyer, Matthias Tenzer

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The H2020 Novimar project introduces the innovative concept of vessel trains (VT) that resembles the concept of truck platooning and aims “to adjust the waterborne transportation such that it can make optimal use of the existing short-sea and inland waterways and vessels (…)’. The triple bottom line performance of the concept is assessed and compared to the performance of the current transport system. This paper focuses on the economic performance and sets the foundations for its measurement by 1) describing the current situation of inland navigation, shortsea shipping and sea-river transport; 2) analysing the railway and road operations as the main competitors so as to take lessons; 3) presenting a review of the data sources available with respect to cargo flows and collecting the current cargo flows that will be used to set up the Origin-Destination (OD) matrix of the Antwerp case, 4) determining the geographical scope of a second case study area; 5) conducting a literature review of supply chain performance indicators (PIs) and 6) identifying the key PIs. The results will be input to the Novimar transport system model based on which the new VT concept will be evaluated compared to the current transport system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference WCTRS, Special Interest Group 2, 3-4 May, 2018, Antwerp, Belgium
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventSiga2 2018 Conference 'Maritime and Ports': The Port and Maritime Sector: Key Developments and Challenges - University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
Duration: 3 May 20184 May 2018


ConferenceSiga2 2018 Conference 'Maritime and Ports'
OtherTwo-day international conference organized by:
The Special Interest Group A2 (Ports and Maritime) of the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS)
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  • vessel train
  • economic performance
  • inland navigation
  • shortsea shipping
  • sea-river transport
  • performance indicators
  • transport system model


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