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Canals versus Roads - Performance difference measured, based on key performance indicators, for transportation form a hub to the city centre of Groningen

Knevelbaard, Vester (2018) Canals versus Roads - Performance difference measured, based on key performance indicators, for transportation form a hub to the city centre of Groningen. Integration Project, Industrial Engineering and Management.

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Abstract

Urban freight logistics, currently, has a negative impact on the liveability of urban centres. This negative impact is a result of issues, such as emissions, congestion, noise pollution and traffic accidents. All of these problems originate from the chosen delivery method. Freight delivery in Groningen is done predominantly by road-based vehicles such as trucks. The municipality of Groningen recognises the undesirability of greenhouse gasses and, together with many other parties, signed on to the ‘Green deal ZES’ which has the goal of making city centre logistics emission-free by 2025. Their ultimate goal is to make the city more attractive and liveable. In this thesis, the current state of freight logistics in Groningen is assessed and an alternative delivery method is proposed. The proposed method, called canal-based freight transportation, will make use of boats and the waterways around Groningen to deliver a part of the cities goods, as well as collecting waste on its way back. The new method is evaluated on its ability to mitigate the issues present in the current system. A comparison between the current and the proposed method is made and its merits judged based on certain key performance indicators. This method is designed explicitly for the city of Groningen but it might prove to be applicable in other cities. Water-based logistics is an interesting and promising transportation method. Based on the finding in this thesis, more research should be done to determine the practical viability of this method, especially the economic viability.

Item Type: Thesis (Integration Project)
Supervisor:
Supervisor nameSupervisor E mail
Ree, C.M.C.M.Ree@rug.nl
Kousemaker, T.M.T.M.Kousemaker@rug.nl
Supervisor (outside RUG):
Supervisor outside RUG nameSupervisor outside RUG E mail
Vos, JeroenJeroen.Vos@Asintik.com
Degree programme: Industrial Engineering and Management
Thesis type: Integration Project
Language: English
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2018
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2018 12:39
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/17870

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