By Dr Trung Thanh Nguyen,Reader in Operational Research, in the Liverpool Logistics, Offshore and Marine Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University
22 December 2017
Partnering with a wide range of UK and international industrial and research institutions, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), in particular its Liverpool Logistics, Offshore and Marine Research Institute (LOOM), department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering within Faculty of Engineering and Technology, has made significant research contributions to the modernisation and productivity of the marine and transport industries, not only in the UK but also globally. LOOM’s research projects have achieved, for example, improvements to the efficiency of port and terminal operations in Europe and the Far East, as well as the development of specialist automation and new techniques for optimising container movements.
Research conducted at LOOM has contributed to the development and restructuring of container terminals in Liverpool, Dublin, Le Havre, Oostende, and Haiphong. LOOM has also developed a number of novel methodologies which are finding applications in industrial and commercial sectors, including the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the American Bureau of Shipping.
An example of LJMU research in maritime logistics is the project ‘UK-Vietnam institutional link in digital innovation for sustainable maritime logistics in Vietnam’, led by Dr. Trung Thanh Nguyen from LJMU in collaboration with several Vietnamese universities and industry partners. This Institutional Links project, sponsored by the Newton Fund (delivered through the British Council), seeks to tackle urgent issues in maritime logistics in Vietnam.
Maritime logistics is an essential driver for Vietnam’s economic growth. The majority of Vietnamese exports/imports are delivered by sea, and most freight is transported through waterways. In spite of this, the lack of ICT integration and innovation in this industry results in a low logistics performance, where current operations satisfy only a fraction (20-25%) of the demand. This Newton Institutional Links project constitutes the first step to alleviate the above limitation. It was created to address this challenge by developing solutions for each particular port and logistics organisation in Vietnam.
Based on the specific difficulties and requirements of each region/industrial partner, the project aims to provide the most appropriate and optimal set of products such as container stacking, vessel stowage planning, port simulation etc. to assist maritime economic development. By delivering these specifically designed solutions, this project centres on the application of technologies with a view to improve logistics efficiency, drive economic development and reduce environmental impact.