Towards sustainable urban distribution using city canals: the case of Amsterdam

Ron van Duin, Rens Kortmann, Maarten van de Kamp

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This study investigates whether a system of hub locations distributing goods across the water to the city of Amsterdam can be a potential future solution to guarantee same-day delivery to shopkeepers. A simulation model was developed to analyse the logistics performances and to optimise the number of hub locations and required fleet size. The simulation tests have shown that two hub locations are sufficient when they are equipped with two vessels. Conclusion of this study is that a waterborne city logistics concept with a small number of hub locations can compete with truck deliverance and seems to be a sustainable solution for other cities with large canals as well.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 10th International City Logistics Conference
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event10th International City Logistics Conference - Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 14 Jun 201716 Jun 2017


Conference10th International City Logistics Conference


  • city logistics
  • simulation
  • waterborne transport
  • electric vessels
  • urban freight
  • multi stakeholders


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