Over the summer, the University of Antwerp (Department of Transport and Regional Economics) organised a summer school course on urban freight. As part of this, they visited sites in the Belgian city linked to CIVITAS PORTIS
Running from 20 - 31 August 2018, the event focused on the challenges of planning and managing urban logistics in today’s dynamic city mobility context. Special attention was also paid to innovation and sustainability in the logistics industry. The course welcomed national and international students, practitioners and policy makers.
The site visits in the city went included a floating concrete plant; a provider of an IT platform to optimize empty sea container transport and avoid road transport during rush hour; and the chance to see the usage of barges for transporting construction material.
All three projects are partners of Smart Ways to Antwerp (Slim naar Antwerpen) and contribute to decreasing road transport linked to freight in and around the city and port. The cooperation framework between the city government and the private logistics centre forms part of CIVITAS PORTIS.
Aside to this, the summer course participants gained more insight into the history and workings of Antwerp's post. They were also asked to brainstorm on topics such as the optimisation and mapping of logistics flows in the city, freight and road safety, and distribution models. Their analyses may be drawn upon by the city and port.
See all of Antwerp's measures in CIVITAS PORTIS here.