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A customized in-house course was developed by MEL and RHV for a group of 42 Maersk Liner “high potential” employees. This course was part of the Maersk Liner Graduate Programme (MLGP), which is a two-year programme in which the participants receive job rotations and tailor-made courses in major maritime locations in the world. The aim of the courses is to ensure an up-to-date holistic view of the industry they are in by partnering with industry experts to boost their careers with skill and knowledge development.

In this customized course, the focus was on maritime and port issues, with a balanced mix of theory and practice. The participants received high quality interactive presentations from industry experts, discussion sessions, group assignments, a simulation game, as well as visits to the port and the port authority. The faculty consists of high quality lecturers: academic and industry experts that all have a strong affinity with the combination of theory and practice.



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Dr. Koen Berden Koen Berden is Director of Outreach and Member of the Board of Directors at the World Trade Institute, and assistant professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam. International Economics; the dynamics of Trade Agreements and their impact on maritime transport Lecture and simulation game
Dr. Yvo Saanen Yvo Saanen is managing director at TBA, a leading simulation consultancy company. Innovations in container terminal design and operations Insights from the industry in container terminal optimization: innovations/simulations
Anne Sophie Zerlang Karlsen Anne Sophie Zerland Karlsen is trade manager Europe at Maersk Line. Reefer market Insight in Maersk’s strategies in the reefer market
Port visit APMT terminal

EMO dry Bulk Terminal

Boat tour new Maasvlakte II

Seeing real time container terminal operations, real time dry bulk operations and experiencing brand new container terminals
Prof. Dr. Ir. Rommert Dekker Rommert Dekker is a professor in operations research, quantitative logistics, and IT at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Optimization in liner shipping Learning what you can do with data
Port Authority Visit Port Vision

Port Call Optimization

Presentation and discussion with the industry experts
Prof. Dr. Peter de Langen Peter de Langen is owner and principal consultant at Ports and Logistics Advisory. The ins and outs of Port Management: changing roles and business models of port authorities Interactive lecture with group assignment and discussion
Mr. Dr. Michiel Spanjaart & Drs. Kaare Christoffersen Michiel Spanjaart is a maritime lawyer at Kneppelhout Korthals and teacher at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Kaare Christoffersen is Head of Maritime Law and Contracts at Maersk Line Legal Maritime Law: legal aspects of goods transport: liability, claims

Specific Maersk related issues

Introduction with explanation of several real life cases

Insights from Maersk legal department

Prof Dr. Albert Veenstra


Albert Veenstra is the scientific director of the Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics, Dinalog and part time professor at TU Eindhoven. Synchromodal hinterland connectivity Insights in new thoughts on the organization of hinterland connectivity in ports
Drs.  Larissa van der Lugt & Drs. Martijn van der Horst Larissa van der Lugt is a senior researcher port economics at RHV (Erasmus University Rotterdam). Martijn van der Horst is a researcher port economics at RHV (Erasmus University Rotterdam) Rail distribution in ports Group work and discussion on a case study

An important aspect of the programme is the interaction with and skill development of the participants that will be organized in group work, discussions and wrap-up sessions around the lectures.



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