Licentiate Seminar - Alena Khaslavskaya

The INTERTRAN Research Group for Sustainable Law and Business invites you to an upcoming licentiate seminar.

If you would like to attend, please register until 29 October under:

Alena Khaslavskaya’s (Chalmers University of Technology) licentiate seminar

Title: Dry Ports – Research Outcomes and Applications (Abstract below)

Date and time: October 30th 2019 at 14:00 hrs.

Venue: University of Helsinki, HELSUS Hub seminar room P224. Porthania, 2nd floor, Yliopistonkatu 3 (Video streaming to Chalmers)

Discussion leader: Anu Bask, University of Turku

Principal supervisor: Violeta Roso, Chalmers University of Technology

Examiner: Árni Halldórsson, Chalmers University of Technology

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Functional seaport’s hinterland transport system may benefit multiple stakeholders i.e. seaports, transport operators, shippers, regions; however, expectations and benefits vary. Well-developed seaport’s hinterland transport system serves to increase seaport’s competitiveness; to improve accessibility of the hinterland regions; to enhance economic and environmental indicators of transport operators and shippers. As means of hinterland transport system development in past decade, a dry port concept has attracted attention among academics and practitioners. The concept represents an intermodal terminal located in the seaport’s hinterland, directly connected to the seaport by rail, where the shippers can pick up/leave their standardized units as if directly at the seaport. Considering multi stakeholder environment of dry ports operations, different types of dry ports varying in services provided are analyzed in order to study their ability to generate the benefits for stakeholders and hence to help them to meet their various objectives (multi actor multi criteria analysis). By combining findings from a systematic literature review and empirical evidences from the stakeholders involved in dry port operations in Sweden, the thesis aims to identify dry ports’ benefits for the stakeholders in a seaport’s hinterland transport system in order to increase understanding about the dry ports’ role for functional seaport hinterland transport.

The thesis is built upon three studies: systematic literature review, interview based case study and personal interview survey study. The systematic literature review on dry ports-related research serves as a basis for the further studies and the thesis itself and summarizes all potential benefits of various dry ports. Interview based case study reveals the country-specific insights and a broad (supply chain) perspective on the studied issues. In turn, interview survey study takes into consideration multiple stakeholders’ objectives and studies dry ports ability to contribute to achieving those (or generate respective benefits).

The results revert in identification of potential benefits of dry port derived from the academic literature (classified into economic, environmental and performance-related) as well as benefits identified empirically for the stakeholders relevant to the Swedish context (in addition to the literature finding: benefits classified under responsiveness, resilience, security and innovativeness). Results also show that the Identified stakeholders experience gradual improvement of their objectives (hence gaining benefits generated by the dry ports) with advancement of the dry ports’ configurations. Experts’ evaluation validates the findings, although is more “restrained” than the stakeholders’ one.

The thesis contributes to the field of intermodal transport with focus on dry ports in seaports’ hinterland transport system by summarizing already existing knowledge and by providing insights into country-specific context (Sweden). The results may also have managerial implications in form of information support for the stakeholders’ decision-making processes regarding seaport’s hinterland transport business as well as for related policy making processes.


Inbjudan till licentiatseminarium - Alena Khaslavskaya

Välkommen till Alena Khaslavskaya’s licentiatseminarium!

Titel: Dry Ports – Research Outcomes and Applications

Datum och tid: 30 oktober 2019 kl. 14.00.

Plats: Helsingfors Universitet, HELSUS Seminarierum P224. Porthania, 2nd floor, Yliopistonkatu 3 (Videostreaming Chalmers)

Diskussionsledare: Anu Bask, University of Turku, Finland

Huvudhandledare: Violeta Roso, Chalmers Tekniska Högskola

Examinator: Árni Halldórsson, Chalmers Tekniska Högskola

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