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Maritime Optimization and Shipping Logistics

Seaborne trade is the lynchpin in almost every international supply chain, and carries about 90% of the world’s trade. The shipping industry is responsible for around 2.2% of CO2 global emissions, and of a substantial part of NOx and SOx emissions. Moreover, decreasing freight rates and tight emissions regulations makes it difficult to operate shipping economically viable. To solve these problems, we develop decision support tools that can make it possible for shipping companies to operate more efficiently to save fuel and operational costs, while respecting environmental criteria. The research is motivated by a need for handling still more complex decision problems, based on big data sets and going across several organizational entities and transport modes. Moreover, shipping optimization problems are pushing the limits of optimization methods, creating a new breeding ground for advanced modelling and solution methods.

Research carried out during the last years includes decision support tools for shipping companies, maritime emissions control and governance modeling.

Decision support tools at a strategic level include models for network design and speed optimization, making the shipping companies to design more efficient networks. At the operation level tools have been developed for stowage planning, bunker purchasing and disruption management, as well as empty container repositioning. Maritime cyber security models are also being investigated.

Maritime emissions control develops methods to reduce maritime emissions, both greenhouse gases (GHGs) and SOx. These include combined speed and routing models, weather routing models and modal split tools to mitigate and reverse the effects of sulphur regulations in Northern Europe as well as market based measures for GHG reduction.

Governance modeling looks at intermodal corridors extending the maritime supply chain and develops methods and KPIs to assess their logistical and environmental performance as well as models for efficient governance in a multi-stakeholder setting.

Our research team enjoys active collaboration with a number of shipping companies and ports across Europe and links of this research with related policy fora at various UN agencies (IMO, UNCTAD, UNFCCC, etc.) and the EU have been established. A license agreement for using some of the developed models is currently being negotiated with a major shipping company. We are an associate member of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) and we collaborate with several universities worldwide.

Former PhD student Christian Vad Karsten received the INFORMS TSL Dissertation prize for his PhD thesis on “Competitive Liner Shipping Network Design.” Postdoc George Panagakos, whose PhD was on green corridors, received the 2nd prize at the Transport Research Arena 2016 champions of research competition. Postdoc Thalis Zis, whose PhD was on port emissions, received the 2nd prize in the IAME 2016 dissertation contest.

The team has adopted the name Management Maritime Lighthouse and issues a newsletter on a quarterly basis. It is probably the largest university group in Denmark dealing with maritime optimization and shipping logistics.

Project Principal Investigators:
David Pisinger, Harilaos N. Psaraftis, Dario Pacino, Michael Bruun Barfod, Diana Cordes Feibert.

Funded projects: Enerplan, Greenship, FutureFeed, DynaStow, RoRoSECA, BlueSiros, TENTacle, Scandria®2Act, SIMOS, ShipClean, CyberShip and others.

Sponsors: Strategic Research Council, Danish Maritime Fund, Orients Fund, European Space Agency, EU Interreg, the Innovations Fund Denmark, Swedish Energy Agency and other sources.

Funding (Ph.Ds/Postdocs): 20-30 mio DKK (11 PhDs, 11 Postdocs).

Partners: Maersk Line, Unifeeder, IT-Univ. of Copenhagen, DFDS, DTU Space, GreenSteam, Univ. of Turku, Chalmers Univ., SINTEF Ocean, port of Oslo, Stena, Danaos Corporation, Norden, and more across Europe.

Output (papers, book chapters, etc.): At least 70, including 1 new book.


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David Pisinger
Professor
DTU Management Engineering
+45 45 25 45 55

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Harilaos N. Psaraftis
Professor
DTU Management Engineering
+45 45 25 15 19

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Dario Pacino
Associate Professor
DTU Management Engineering
+45 45 25 15 12

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Michael Bruhn Barfod
Associate Professor
DTU Management Engineering
+45 45 25 15 40

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Diana Cordes Feibert
Postdoc
DTU Management Engineering
+45 45 25 60 68