The Practice of Managing Container Flows
  • Mast House, 24 Sutton Road, Plymouth, PL4 0HJ

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The practice of managing container flows often differs from textbook approaches. This workshop aims to share the findings of recent research into the practice of managing container flows with practitioners. 

John Dinwoodie, Professor of Maritime Logistics at Plymouth University, will introduce the day and report on research into industry-university-government networks in the container trades. Mark Bennett will report on research into the practice of managing container flow forecasts in the UK. 

We will report on Dr Young-Joon Seo’s work on the influence of supply chain collaboration on performance in managing container flows, followed by discussion. 

Following a buffet lunch, Sue Terpilowski OBE will present a practitioner's view of automated container operations. 

Dongping Song, Professor of Supply Chain Management at Liverpool University will discuss some issues and methods in container port/terminal operations, covering quayside operations, yardside operations, and landside operations. 

Ridvan Karacay will discuss sustainability issues in managing container operations, and Chang Kim will report findings from research into developing a collaborative spirit index between shippers and shipping lines. 

The day will end with open discussion led by George Lang, CILT branch chair.

The workshop is organised by the iSPER Maritime and Logistics, Business and Policy research group in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and The Nautical Institute.

Contact John Dinwoodie for any queries regarding this event.

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Speaker biographies 

John Dinwoodie

John Dinwoodie FCILT is Professor of Logistics Management and Leader of the International Shipping and Logistics Group in Plymouth Graduate School of Management. As leader of the Maritime and Logistics Business and Policy research group in the Institute for Social, Political and Economic Research he is reporting on the industrial implications of recent research by post-doctoral and doctoral colleagues into the practice of managing container flows.


Professor Dongping Song

Professor Dongping Song is a Chair of Supply Chain Management at the University of Liverpool. He had worked at Plymouth University for over eight years. He has managed several research projects funded by EPSRC, British Council, EU, and Chinese government. He has developed expertise in applying mathematical modelling techniques and simulation-based tools to manufacturing and transport logistics problems, particularly in the area of container shipping supply chain.

Ridvan Anil Karacay

My name is Ridvan Anil Karacay. I am a PhD Student at Plymouth University where I study ‘Developing port sustainability awareness and management: Systems, processes and planning’ as his PhD project. I graduated from the Yildiz Technical Universoty in Istanbul, with bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 2013. After graduation I worked in Kadioglu Shipping Company as an assistant shipbroker for 9 months. After had a little work experience from the industry, I started Msc International Shipping and graduated at Plymouth University in 2015. I am currently employed as a PhD student to study on the topic, which was mentioned above.

George Lang

George Lang is a Master Mariner, who after sea service in cargo ships, tankers and large passenger hovercraft joined ACT Services in 1977. There he was responsible for the stowage planning and the coordination of the loading and discharging of all the ACT and ANL owned and chartered tonnage within Europe and Africa for these ships in their trade to and from Australasian Ports.

This was followed by two years as the distribution manager for a UK company importing prawns and other seafood into the UK and Europe from around the world.

Before retiring he was the Principal Lecturer at Warsash Maritime Academy, part of Southampton Solent University, managing all the training that used their portfolio of ships' bridge simulators.

George is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Sue Terpilowski, OBE; Managing Director Image Line; President WISTA UK; Chair CILT Ports, Maritime & Waterways


Sue Terpilowski started Image Line Communications more than 29 years ago and it has become one of the leading specialist PR, marketing and visual event agencies in the logistics, freight, ports, material handling and supply chain sectors. 

Image Line works closely with clients to raise their profiles, create brand awareness, add credibility to their business and introduce them to the media to a wider audience. This combined PR and marketing service helps drive new business sales and cement working relationships that create ongoing sales opportunities. 

Sue Terpilowski is the Chairman of the Ports, Maritime and Waterways Forum of the Chartered Institute of Transport (CILT) and regularly chairs sessions and acts as a presenter for CILT on sector related issues including SOLAS, CTU Code, M2M/Autonomous/Automation, portcentric and port trends. As part of the steering committee of the London Freight Forum (TfL group), Sue brings together TfL and the freight sector acting as forum chair and advisor on associated freight matters.

In the maritime world, Sue is well known as the President of WISTA UK (Women in Shipping and Trade) whose purpose is to help promote networking, provide educational activities and events and the exchange of experiences among women who are working the sectors of shipping, maritime and international trade. WISTA UK organises activities including site visits, seminars, workshops and industry-related events giving members the opportunity to meet and form strong business relationships with other professionals working in the shipping industry. WISTA UK members include naval architects, maritime lawyers, ship’s engineers, insurance and sale and purchase brokers, claims adjusters and many others working both directly in and providing services to the industry. WISTA UK is a member of WISTA International with associations in more than 33 countries and is the oldest of all the National WISTA Associations dating back to 1974. Along with this busy schedule, Sue is also a member of Women in Logistics and Women in Transport groups.

Outside of the maritime world, Sue is the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) London policy chairman and is regularly interviewed and quoted in the business press as an expert source on a wide range of issues affecting the self-employed, micro and small businesses. She also appeared on BBC television in the final of the Apprentice 2015 as part of the interview panel making the choices of winning contestants. Adding to this, Sue has a diploma in Business Coaching and is one of only 50 LAB Profilers (Language & Behaviour) in the UK.

Mark Bennett, Lecturer in International Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Plymouth University

Mark Bennett is a part-time PhD student at the University of Plymouth whose research aims to investigate the role of container trade flow forecasts in the maritime industry. To date there has been limited previous research on forecasting methods used in practice by container ports situated in the UK. This research endeavours to address this deficiency by exploring the variables and existing methods used by UK ports to estimate future container port throughput. This research applies a mixed methods approach using a sequential exploratory design which involves phase one qualitative research reported here followed by a later quantitative phase reported elsewhere. Phase one involved conducting semi-structured interviews with a range of experts and container port managers in the UK who are actively involved with current and future issues relating to maritime containerization. In phase two, an opinion based long-term investigation of trends over the next thirty years deploys Delphi methods.

Chang Soo Kim, PhD student

April 2003-September 2014; a public officer for the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries in South Korea.

October 2014; started the MPhil/PhD course under Professor John Dinwoodie. 

Present; submitted thesis and waiting for VIVA (on administrative leave for the thesis).

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