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Managing Transport Operations
Our Guest Lecturer was Ana Casaca, PhD, FICS.
Ana Casaca was, first and foremost, a Deck Officer responsible for navigational watches. Being at sea gave her a thorough perspective of the operational side of the shipping industry. She holds a B.Sc. (Honours) in Management and Maritime Technologies from Escola Nautica Infante D. Henrique (Portuguese Nautical school), an MSc in International Logistics from the University of Plymouth and a PhD in International Transport/Logistics from the University of Wales-Cardiff.
Next, she became an Experienced Lecturer, Researcher and Peer Reviewer in Maritime Economics and Logistics. In between, numerous functions and roles. For 20 years, she has been an External Expert for the European Commission, evaluating R&D/CEF proposals within the scope of maritime transport. In parallel, she has carried out other projects. She has delivered training and has been invited, since 2002, to peer review academic papers submitted to well-known international Journals.
She is the author of several research papers published in well-known academic journals and member of some journals’ editorial boards, namely, Maritime Business Review Associate Editor, Journal of International Logistics Editorial Board Member, Universal Journal of Management Editorial Board Member, Frontiers in Future Transportation Review Editor, and Journal of Shipping and Trade Guest Editor.
She is also the founder and owner of ‘World of Shipping Portugal’ a website initiative established in 2018 focused on maritime economics. In addition, she is a Member of the Research Centre on Modelling and Optimisation of Multifunctional Systems (CIMOSM, ISEL), Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) and Member of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME).
: Ana Casaca, PhD, FICS
MasterClasses are 1) designed to target a specific topic, 2) meant to deliver unique competencies to highlight the business's theoretical and practical aspects, and 3) meant to offer participants the opportunity to solve their companies’ problems and improve their professional performance. They are delivered in English either in an online or in-classroom environment.
Transport is an essential economic activity that supports economic growth, creates jobs, and connects people. It combines numerous inputs such as raw materials, parts, components, and people used to produce goods and services. It includes different modes with its characteristics that move goods and passengers and serve the different manufacturing industries and consumption markets. The role of transport has been increasing throughout the years.
The advent of the steam engine allowed the establishment of scheduled transport operations, which in the case of shipping meant stopping dependence on wind. This simple technological advent and many others that followed fostered the internalisation and globalisation of economic activities. It became a critical element of the international trade carried out by the countries and regions, linking production and consumption markets.
The best mode or modal combination choice depends on numerous features, for instance, in the case of goods, the distance travelled, their value, and their seasonality. For all these reasons, transport management has become an increasingly complex activity requiring coordination and synchronisation to support demanding supply chains that have streamlined their operations over the years in the quest for cost and time reduction.
This MasterClass explains transport operations and addresses different aspects contributing to better implementation. It will cover aspects such as the Factors Influencing Transport Economics and pricing, transport modes and transport systems, comparison between modes, modal competition, mode selection and the factors affecting carrier selection.
The MasterClass occurs on 21 August 2024.
It lasts for 4 hours and is taught in English.
It is scheduled for 0900 - 1315 Lisbon | London time with a 15-minute coffee-break.
Training takes place in a classroom context at Speakwell, Praça Mario Azevedo Gomes Lt. 12 1º, 2775-240 Parede.
MasterClasses target all Players interested in Distribution Channels, Logistics and Maritime Economics issues. It includes University Students, Importers / Exporters, Shippers, Shipping Companies, Vessel Operators, Shipping Agents, Freight Forwarders, Supply Chain Managers, 3PLs, Port Authorities, Port Terminal Operators, International and/or Intermodal Transport Companies, Maritime Lawyers, Consultants, and other parties with interest in the subject matter.
The Registration Fee is 175 Euros + 23% VAT (215.25 Euros).
The Registration Fee includes:
Access to the MasterClass, Support Materials, Coffee-break, and "Certificate of Attendance".
Registration can be made via Website.
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Website Registration Deadline
14 August 2024, 1600 Lisbon | London time
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