Cruise and cargo terminal development: Sustainability, optimal resource allocation, application of automation, and implications for the maritime industry and community

Closing Date

30th June 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

The main focus of the project is on sustainable development of cruise/passenger terminals for cruise ships within a seaport without compromising the port's operational functions. While the three aspects of sustainable development i.e. social, economic and environmental will be covered, the project will also consider potential differences between a cruise/passenger terminal and cargo terminal within a seaport.

Given resource constraints, it will identify potential areas where resource sharing and saving can be made without compromising the operational requirements, service quality and competitiveness of the two types of terminals within a seaport. In addition, the project will consider both types of cruise terminals, i.e. dedicated terminals and multipurposed terminals, and the potential application of automation and new technologies for optimal investment and use of resources. It is expected that the project will involve participation from port management and stakeholders.

  • Students are expected to have a background in business economics and at least basic knowledge in statistical/econometric analysis
  • Applicants from variety of disciplines are eligible to apply

See the following web page for entry requirements:

Assessment Criteria
  • Students are expected to be familiar with statistical/econometric analysis software such as SPSS, EViews, RATS, R
  • Experience in the maritime sector is desirable
  • Students without previous maritime knowledge are expected to attend JNB521 Maritime Economics for Managers as an elective for the Graduate Certificate in Research program
Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact Owen Nguyen through email: for further information.