Graduation of Alexia Sotiriadou

17 January 2019 11:00 - Location: Lecture Hall G, Faculty of Civil Engineering - By: Webredactie

"Sustainability assessment of Mediterranean container terminals: Piraeus and Livorno case studies. Recommendations for an extension of the Port of the Future Serious Game." | Professor of graduation: Prof. ir. M. van Koningsveld, supervisors: Dr. ir. P. Taneja (TU Delft), dr. ir. J. de Gijt (TU Delft), M.A. MSc. Slingenberg (Deltares).

“The largest part of the European ports are engaged into addressing proactively environmental and societal issues in order to achieve an always more sustainable development. However, there are several sources that indicate that there are gaps and barriers that prevent the sustainable development of several Mediterranean container ports. In order to deal with the problems that are identified in the ports and specifically in the container terminals, which are closely related to their sustainable performance, a framework is developed. The creation of the Port Sustainability Assessment Framework (PSAF) allows the comparison of the current state of terminals with the desired state based on specific sustainability themes and consequently, evaluates their performance. Port sustainability is also approached based on the stakeholders' views and insights, throughout a questionnaire. The application of the framework in the case studies of Piraeus and Livorno, two container terminals of different sizes and challenges but both located in the Mediterranean, concludes that the concept of sustainability in the two container terminal case studies has not yet been embedded in port design and planning and subsequently their sustainable performance is low. Another aspect that this thesis study address is the need to extend the Port of the Future Serious Game (PoFSG) in order to explore in a realistic way port-city future developments and impacts on the environment and society, as well as to facilitate stakeholder engagement. Based on the results of the sustainability assessment, several weaknesses of the PoFSG are identified and tools are developed which can serve as an input to the PoFSG. The focus is mostly drawn upon two aspects: the system based on which the measures' performance on “People, Planet and Profit” is scored and the inclusion of relevant sustainability measures. For the rest of the weaknesses of the PoFSG, more general recommendations are made.”