Logistics and seafaring
Logistics and seafaring focus area develops new services and processes for the logistics and transport sectors. Xamk has strong expertise in the fields of port logistics, railway logistics, transport systems and supply chains, as well as in the fields of environmental effects of logistics and safety in logistics. Seafaring research focuses on risk management and maritime emergency response and distress operations. The seafaring research group is involved in long-term cooperation in training of oil spill response authorities. Annually, the group cooperates with approximately 150 companies in research and development projects as well as in joined development projects of companies and students.
Spearheads of competence
The goal of railway logistics research is to recognize development areas, with witch it is possible to make logistics more efficient and, at the same time, decrease the adverse environmental effects caused by transportation. This can be achieved by increasing the market share of railway transportation, since railway transportation is often a more environmentally friendly option compared to road transportation. Development work is done mostly through national and international research and education projects.
Railway logistics and related activities (for example Kouvola rail/road terminal) as well as their development are one of City of Kouvola’s main interests. Kouvola is the only inland terminal of the TEN-T core network in Finland (EU has defined nine core transportation corridors and Kouvola is included in one of them). In addition, Port of HaminaKotka is one of only four TEN-T core network ports in Finland. The locations are connected to each other both through railway and road connections. City of Kouvola and the city-owned development company Kouvola Innovation are funding Xamk’s railway logistics research manager’s position, which shows that there is a strong will and intent to develop the field especially in Kouvola but also at national and international levels. One important example on international development is the cargo railway link between Finland and China that was launched in 2017.
Port logistics and environments
A significant share of Finland’s logistic performance and competitiveness is based on seamless national and international supply chains that are supported by efficient information exchange and electronic operating models (e.g. Portnet). Furthermore, logistic operations are becoming increasingly digitalized. Digitalization brings up new development needs and opportunities to the field.
In port logistics, the research and development work is mainly based on the development needs identified in cooperation with companies operating in the field. Introducing new innovations, intelligent data management solutions and low-carbon technologies to cargo handling, improving transportation flows and cost-efficiency, testing safety equipment and carrying out network cooperation with port area operators are at focus in port logistics research. Assessing ports’ environmental effects is also a strong field of expertise in Xamk. Logistics workshop (Logistiikkaverstas), that is located in the port area, combines education and business through joined projects.
The core of international cooperation in the field of transport systems is often transport safety both on land, at sea and in the air. Operators in Kymenlaakso region have strong expertise in the field. There is a need to improve transport safety, risk identification and efficient accident prevention through intelligent transport innovations.
In transport systems research, the focus is on regionally significant development activities that focus on both external national and international connections to and from Kymenlaakso region, and on the development of the region’s internal transport systems. Xamk offers a development platform for transport sector research that promotes cooperation, strategic partnerships and network building with businesses, the research community and the public sector.
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The core of Xamk’s seafaring research is in maritime safety and oil spill prevention and response. Maritime safety research and development activities are related to, for example, safety management, maritime emergency response and distress operations, and maritime search and rescue. In addition, the safety of the marine environment is an essential part of maritime safety research. In order to reduce the environmental effects of maritime transportation, the maritime safety research group seek solutions for e.g. controlling the problems related to invasive species.
Oil spill prevention and response
When it comes to damages to marine environment, Xamk is a forerunner in oil spill prevention and response. Xamk researches and develops oil spill prevention and trains authorities for oil spill response operations at sea. In addition to incident management and damage control, the research group develops anticipatory and preventive safety work in cooperation with maritime education.