Port of Rotterdam: Traineeship

Investigation of Chemical Supply Chains

High labor and energy costs make it likely that the share of imported base chemicals in Europe will increase over time. The Port of Rotterdam so far plays only a minor role in these supply chains and intends to change that. To this end it wants to investigate the structure of chemical supply chains, who and where are the final customers, what demand types do they have and which supply chain options they need (storage and transport). This should lead to an increased insight into which functions (bulk storage, intermodal transport options) the port should provide to get a better share in these intercontinental supply chains. The focus will be on the middle industry which converts the base materials into e.g. packaging materials which is then further used in other industries to produce the final

products. As product values are low and volumes large, supply chain costs are an important element in the whole chain, which means that transport options and costs should be considered with care. Moreover, final industries are quite demanding and require short lead-times, making close storage/production and fast transport a necessity.


Concept: A number of small companies will be studied in detail with respect to their supply chains from which general conclusions will be drawn
Start:  April 2015
Location: PoR
Supervision: Lida Maclean, Prof. Rommert Dekker and dr. B. Kuipers.
Methods: from supply chain management, transportation economics, and international trade
Data: will be provided by the port of Rotterdam


Please contact Prof. Rommert Dekker at rdekker@ese.eur.nl