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Ana Cristina F. C. Paixão Casaca (hereinafter Ana Cristina Casaca) does not know why, but for her shipping is a passion. May be this is due to fact that she was born and grew in this environment. She recalls the codfish fishing boats in Aveiro, the old Fogo and Gerês tanker vessels in Cabo Ruivo, the cargo and passenger vessels that traded to the Azores and Madeira loading and unloading cows at Cais da Rocha in Alcantara. She has seen Mar da Palha, in the Port of Lisbon, full of cargo vessels at the time when containerisation was still at its infancy,  and unaware of the changes that a box would cause in the movement of goods. For all these reasons, shipping runs in her veins. Ana Cristina Casaca holds a Ph.D. in International Transport/Logistics and has a deep knowledge of maritime transport / maritime economics. She earned her PhD degree from the University of Wales – Cardiff in 2003 and her Thesis focused on the “Competitiveness of Short Sea Shipping in Multimodal Logistics Supply Chains”.
Her academic background until her PhD is supported by her nautical career in the shipping industry. In 1985, she earned her elementary nautical studies degree at Escola Náutica Infante D. Henrique (ENIDH) in Paço D’Arcos, Portugal. She was a deck officer in Portuguese shipping companies and some years later taught at the Instituto de Tecnologias Náuticas, Portugal. In 1995, she earned her Bachelor Degree in Management and Maritime Technologies at ENIDH, and two years later, in 1997, she obtained her M.Sc. Degree in International Logistics at the Institute of Marine Studies, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom. In July 1998, she obtained her professional accreditation from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London, after having sat for 7 exams, namely ‘Introduction to Shipping’, ‘Law of Carriage of Goods by Sea’, ‘Economics of Sea Transport’, ‘Shipping Practice’, ‘Dry Cargo Chartering’, ‘Liner Trades’and ‘International Through Transport Management’. She successfully obtained her PhD in International Transport/Logistics in 2003.
Between 1998 and 2007, she published several articles of a professional nature in some industry magazines (Cargo, Transportes e Logística e Neptuno), but her interest in research would lead her to publish several research papers in well-known international maritime related journals, namely ‘Maritime Policy and Management’, ‘Marine Policy’, ‘International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management’, ‘International Journal of Transport Management’, ‘Journal of International Logistics and Trade’, ‘Maritime Economics and Logistics’, ‘International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications’, ‘International Journal of Ocean Systems Management’, e ‘International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics’. Within this scope, in 2017, she was Guest Editorial of ‘International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics’ with a special issue on ‘Short Sea Shipping in a Globalized World’.
Since 2003, she has been invited by the European Commission to evaluate transport related proposals and to review transport related projects (Belgium) and to peer review academic papers submitted to well-known international Journals. She organised in cooperation with Cargo Edições and chaired the 2010 Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists and the 2012 International Research Conference on Short Sea Shipping. Recently, in cooperation with Leo Tadeu Robles, she translated into Portuguese the third edition of the "Maritime Economics" book written by Martin Stopford. A brief look into the book can be found here. Presently, she is developing and implementing the World of Shipping Portugal project which delivers Knowledge, Training and Translation Services within the scope of Maritime Economics. She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), of the International Maritime Economists Association (IAME) and of the Women's International Shipping and Trading Association Portugal (WISTA Portugal).
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