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InTrans Year 2008/2009 - Number 4– June, 2009

Visiting address: Erasmus University Rotterdam

Postal address: Room H12-07

Room H12-05

P.O. box 1738

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50

3000 DR Rotterdam

Travel broadens the mind Thesis dossier

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Studytrip to Venice

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Port Day: excursion to ECT and Odfjell page 7 What is that green stuff floating in the canal? page 6

How’re you doin’? Trucking around the world

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Travel broadens the mind This issue is dedicated to travel in the broadest sense of the world: Travels to places, such as our Studytrip to Venice or a visit to the port of Rotterdam. Sentimental travels, as the Studytrip in our memories. Time travel to the moment the thesis if finished and we can go on holidays. … And all other kinds of travel you can think of.

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Master Speeddate Event  by Hans Visser

On the 20th of May Transito and Star Supply Chain Management organized the Master Speeddate Event. It has become one of our most recognized events therefore the location was also special - Hotel New York . The following companies were present: MTBS, Ecorys, Tempo-Team, Samsung, Philips and Movares. In total 38 students attended this event! Even the weather was great (even in The Netherlands you might be lucky and catch some sun).

negotiations. I think especially the last part caught everyone’s attention. I will share the most important rule: Do NOT accept the first offer. After this training we had lunch with various sandwiches and we started with the speeddates. For me, that was the moment when we had to put most of our effort in. We had to make sure the time schedule was respected, students were on their place and companies had all the information they needed. In total we had 10 rounds of 15 minutes each, with a 30 minute break in between, where participants could have a drink or a snack. I was lucky enough to be selected by Ecorys and MTBS and I really had a great time, though I was anxious at the beginning, stress levels went down once we get into the conversation. Other UPT students were also selected for interviews with Movares and Samsung.

After the speeddates we had a social drink with ‘bitterballen’ and sate, which was really nice afThe day started off at 11:00 sharp with a train- ter a long and stressful day. As everyone was ing on applying for a job, CV building and as an happy (both students and companies), I left extra we had some information about salary with a great feeling, together with Angelique,

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Joost (Supply Chain) and Dirkjan (Supply Chain). I’d like to thank everyone present and a special thanks to the companies for making the event possible. If you haven’t been there this year, I’d like to invite you to the next one!

Transito Soccer Match: a revanche? by Wai Jie Lung

On the 25th of May, the third Transito soccer match took place. Usually it was UPT students playing against UPT teachers: the first match was won by the students, the second match by the teachers. You probably think that now the winner in the third match will be announced. But it is not that easy, as this time we had so many players that we had two mixed teams:

Team 1 consisted of UPT staff: Erwin, Bart and Piet and students: King and Carlos. In Team 2 played teachers Leo and Gerard and students Wilfred, Ilse, Joost and Maurits. The guys really did their best to show their soccer skills. In the end it was Team 1 that won with 6:4! Will there be a final match between the UPT students and the teachers? Are we ever going to find out which team is better? Do you want to know? Join us next time!

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Studytrip to Venice by Sebastiaan van der Vliet Pictures by Derya Kayali

It has become a tradition – the yearly Transito apartments were very beautiful, located in the Studytrip. For this year, the destination was old centre of Venice. Our apartment had a splendid view over a Venetian Canal. After Venice in Italy. having our first dinner in Italy, we had a very It was a nice Tuesday morning when we left. The flight was fine, but unfortunately, the funny introduction quiz organised by Max and Transavia chairs in the airplane were so small, Ruud. that a lot of tall Dutch guys (including myself) had problems to sit comfortable. When we arrived in Venice, the weather was not as good as in The Netherlands (what a surprise).

Quiz-night, team bandana vs. team bath cap

After a bus trip (which was as long as the flight itself) we arrived in the centre of Venice. What a beautiful city, what an experience! Buildings are wonderful, but what is interesting is that Venice doesn’t know road transport, so everything goes by boat. We observed bus boats, TNT parcel boats, ambulance boats, police boats, even funeral boats. For a transport fan it’s a true paradise! After the keys to the apartments had been collected, we went to leave our luggage. The

The next morning, we went to the university, where Professor Van der Borg introduced the program of the coming days. The university is also located in the old part of Venice. In the meantime, the whether had become wonderful and it stayed very warm (compared to Dutch standards) for the rest of the day. From the university, we walked to the urban redevelopment zone, via some interesting places as the Rialto Bridge and the famous San Marco Square. When we arrived at the zone, we saw an enormous old marine base, which is under reconstruction to become a cultural centre. We were guided trough the area by an architect. He explained that everything is totally different in Italy than in the Netherlands. They are able to calculate the costs of small parts of the project, but it was impossible to say what the whole project will cost. It was even harder to say when the project will be finished. After the visit to the redevelopment project, we had some free time and we discovered other parts of Venice. After that, we made a very tasty Italian pasta in our apartment (which is not as expensive as in a Venetian restaurant).

Koekhappen > Wai Jie against Wil...Wai Jie looks very hungry

The next day was a day with rain, especially in the morning. Fortunately, we had a morning college in the university about port redevelopment in the Venetian and Adriatic region. After the lecture, we went to the port of Venice. Together with some Greek students and representatives of the Venetian port Authority, we had a cruise to the whole port. No bigger contrast is

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possible between beauty and ugliness! We have seen only one container ship loading. No further activities were observable. Only a big shipping wharf was very impressive. There they are constructing enormous state-of-the-art cruise boats. The rest of the Restaurant Dalla Mariport complex was very sa, present for Prooutdated and seems of fessor van der Borg not much economic importance anymore. After we have retuned to the centre, we had a little tour by Professor Van der Borg, who showed us some wonderful places of Venice. The next day – the weather improved – we started with a lecture again. This time professor Van der Borg explained us that Venice was one of the worst managed cities in the world. The city lost many inhabitants. Some twenty years ago, there used to live some 160.000 people in the old city of Vencice, these days only 67.000 remained. This is because the city is too crowded and it doesn’t satisfy the needs of its citizens, for example in terms of facilities, so many people moved away. Only elderly people still live there. The solution seems to be to get rid off the half of the tourists, and especially of the people who do not stay in Venice for longer than couple of hours and do not tend to spend a lot of money. This brings enormous problems. After the lecture, we went to the municipal department which was responsible for the

budget to improve the quality of the city of Venice. Unfortunately, they were not able to tell us the real amount spent. In the evening, we had a great last diner, in a special local restaurant. The dinner consisted of many kinds of fish, served in a lot of courses. Unfortunately, in my dish something was wrong, which lead to a little accident on the San Marco square, later that evening. The next day, we had to return home, but not before we had eaten some of the wonderful Italian ice creams… With the same airplane – but with more space for legs, as we could sit at the emergency exits – we had a comfortable flight back.

It was a great Studytrip! It was not only very informative, but it was also a very gregarious week! From this place I would like to thank the organising committee for all the work. Everything was perfect! Only the weather could be better sometimes.

Group Picture: forgot the name of the bridge :D, but it was a very warm day...

Dalla Marisa, group picture, food was delicious!!!

Program Studytrip Tuesday 21/04: 11.30 Meeting at Schiphol Airport, Flight to Venice Shopping with the members of your apartment 21:00 Introduction Quiz Wednesday 22/4: 09.30 Meeting at the University of Venice, Professor van der Borg 11.00 Sightseeing in Venice & urban redevelopment, Professor van der Borg Site Arsenale, Dr. Ambra Dina Thursday 23/4: 09.30 Lecture port of Venice, Professor Soriani 14.00 Visit port of Venice, Venice Port Authority Friday 24/4: 09.30 Lecture Venice and its Economy Professor van der Borg 13.00 Visit European Affairs Municipality Venice, Dr. Ravenna 19.00 Dinner @ Dalla Marisa Saturday 25/4: Sightseeing and shopping

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What is that green stuff floating in the canal? Venice’s beautiful canals and the Saint Mark’s square attract tourists from all over the world (some may say too many), but for Transito members Wilfred Mak and Ewa Paluszkiewicz, it is the green stuff in the canals – algae -that really catches their attention. Winners of this year’s Rabobank Mainport Innovation Award, Wilfred and Ewa will co-write their thesis on the subject of sustainable innovations in Rotterdam.

InTrans: What is your idea for the Mainport In- InTrans: What can you do with algae apart novation Award? from producing bio fuel? E: The main idea is to grow algae in the port of W: They can also be processed into fertilizers, Rotterdam using the pollutants produced by the food stabilizers, medical and pharmaceutical port. Algae are small plants that live in or near products. You can even eat them! The seaweed water (e.g. swimming pool). They used in sushi is a type of algae. They have many applications, one being a are yummy. type of biofuel. There is a Polish sayE: They can also be used in cosmetics. I ing: to roast two pieces of meat with have done a full body algae treatment one flame. In our idea, reducing polluonce, a very smelly process but very efAlgae tion and producing the fuel are the fective. Look at my silky smooth skin; meat, algae are the flame. they used to be as coarse as sandpaper. W: There are also supporting elements to the W: yeah, a really really coarse piece of sandpamain idea— an incentive scheme and a biomass per trading platform, something like London Metal E: Stop it. Exchange.

InTrans: How did you come up with this idea?

InTrans: What has it got to do with Venice?

E: We started with several other ideas, but none of them survived the scrutiny of our coach Wouter Jacobs. We then switched our focus to the environment, specifically the Rotterdam Climate Initiative. After some research, voila! Out comes the algae idea.

W: Venice’s port authority announced recently that they are planning to build a power plant fueled by algae. The plant aims to produce enough energy for the port and the ships docked at the harbor. It is still early stage but it is a very exciting project and we hope it works out well.

And the winner is… Deltaliqus Yearly Dinner, 19.01.2009. Ewa and Wilfred with Minister van der Hoeven and President of Deltaliqs Mr van Sluis Semi-finals, as 1 of 5 finalists we presented our idea to the jury

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Port Day: excursion to ECT and Odfjell by Wai Jie Lung

On the 9th of April, Transito together with UPT teachers organized the Port Day. During that day, we visited the terminal operator ECT and Odfjell tank terminal in the port of Rotterdam. The Port Day is an obligatory part of the seminar Advanced Port and Transport Economics for UPT master students. In the morning (9am!) we left with the bus to visit these two companies. We first visited ECT, where we had a meeting with the staff of the marketing and sales department. Mr Erik Nijhuis gave us a presentation about ECT. After that he gave the floor to the students to present their ‘out of the box’ ideas for the assignment they had formulated: ‘Find a way for ECT to

add value to its customers with commercial, operational and/or logistical concepts.’ The assignment was to give a 10 minutes presentation which is to the point and invites for a relevant discussion. The UPT master students presented some interesting ideas during that day. Some of them were really out of the box. Examples are the introduction of a Customer Loyalty Program for shipping lines based on container volume and call frequency, the creation of a Deep Sea Terminal Lock and the integration of a Priority Containers Appointment System (PCAS). It was very interesting to exchange knowledge and thoughts about the concepts with ECT, teachers and the students themselves.

We asked Erik Nijhuis from ECT and two teachers Martijn van der Horst and Wouter Jacobs who were also present at ECT how they experienced the day and what they think of the out-of -the-box ideas for ECT developed by the students. This is what they said:

‘On behalf of ECT I must say that we were happy to see a wide variety of ideas and concepts in technical or operational solutions as well as strategic or marketing ideas. My compliments to all students for the creativity and high level of concepts, given the limited amount of time for preparation. As we already indicated during our meeting some of the concepts are more realistic to implement than others and some of the ideas are already used by ECT. That means that the students are clearly aware of the factors which are important for a terminal operator to stay competitive (Erik Nijhuis).’ ‘This year it was the first time that the Transito Port Day was part of the education program of the UPT-Master. As lecturers we find it important that students understand the different dynamics in the port sector and understand the interests and strategies of port actors. With presenting the ideas for ECT, the students showed their ability to understand the business environment of ECT and to develop new concepts. Moreover we are glad with the to-the -point presentations and the answers given by the students in response to the critical remarks of the Marketing and Sales department of ECT.

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It could be said that the ideas were diverse and creative. Thinking about new ideas is always a trade-off between what is desirable and what is possible in the short run. This should always be done through argumentation. The presentations and the business case reports showed this to a large extent. We are looking forward to combine the Transito Port Day with the seminar Advanced Port and Transport Economics in 2010 (Wouter Jacobs & Martijn van der Horst).’

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Europe. We got a bus round tour of the tank terminal. Our guide was Mr Robert Kok who is a Human Resources Officer. Because of the security reasons we were not allowed to go out, as tankers are full of chemicals and one has to wear protective clothes. After that, there was a presentation about possible jobs at Odfjell and what we as UPT students can offer to Odfjell. All students were asked to talk about their biggest challenges in life.

In the afternoon we visited Odfjell, which is one It was definitely a fun and educational afterof the largest single tank storage terminals in noon!

Thesis dossier As InTrans is with you for good and for the bad, we want to support you even in the hard times like writing your master’s thesis. First, as a responsible and professional helping hand, we have to make the gravity of the situation clear to you: Oh no, we didn’t mean to scare you! Calm down. InTrans mobilized best resources to help From today (21 June) you have exactly you out. Here are some tips how to write a 8 weeks and 4 days = 60 days = good thesis from UPT teachers. 44 weekdays to hand in your thesis if you want to graduate in the academic year 2008/09. Choose a subject you like! Ask yourself a (How did we calculate that? 20 August 2009 is question that you really want to know. the last day to submit your thesis. Which subjects triggered you during the helped us the Master UPT? math)

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Top 10 tips for how to write a good thesis from Dr. Bart 1. Start with a personal brainstorm/mental map of your topic. Write all your ideas and issues on a big white (or brown) paper. Repeat these brainstorms a number of times during your thesis writing and hang the results on your wall. 2. Communicate your thesis ideas; of course with your supervisor, but also with other students or even your mother of little sister: explaining what you are doing helps you to think about the subject. A clear story helps and discussion or clarification is always good.

The start of the structure is your brainstorm/ mental map. 7. Work in a regular pattern: start each day at the same time your thesis activities—start with a little bit of writing or reading. 8. Reading scientific articles is often a very good way to produce new ideas and to stay motivated for your subject.

9. Clear writing is often the result of clear thinking. Don't write without a proper idea—do not produce just text, but start thinking, produce mental maps and produce a structure, etc. Dis3. Produce a very good problem statement: cuss your ideas... "What's the problem?" And ask yourself often in relation to your problem: "so what?" Inter- 10. Live a good life: go to bed early, be modermodal Innovation? So what—what is it good ate with your alcohol and drugs consumption, running is very good to clear your mind (or get for? Etc. new ideas)—but sporting in general is good, eat 4. Make a very good plan of your writing: de- healthy: no junk food, but freshly made pastas fine tasks and define the time you want to de- and a good breakfast! Do not isolate yourself vote to the tasks, like: desk research: 10 days-- for a number of months: socialize! Don't work week 33 en 34. Write interview protocol: 1 day: all the time, relax in the weekends and in the August 24, etc.... evening, try to do a bit of yoga every day, con5. Start writing immediately. Don't wait with the tinue reading the newspaper, be nice, etc. etc. writing of your thesis until the last month or I wish you all lots of success with writing the week. thesis and producing your research and am 6. Make a structure of the thesis: first chapters, very interested in reading the results! second paragraphs and finally sub paragraphs. Dr. Bart

Practical advice Don’t forget to check the website of the Department for Exam Administration: You can find there deadlines for handing in your thesis, formal requirements and information about graduation ceremony. Use besides your supervisor other UPT-staff members as a peer/ an expert on a specific topic. The UPT staff members are besides scientific research and teaching also involved in research for governments and market parties.

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Be yourself and stay critical! by Wouter Jacobs

Let me start that there's not a blue print for writing a thesis. The way you approach the reality about whatever you study should be driven by your own interest. There are however some steps to secure a good thesis: ensure your support from an expert/ internship/ student partners write a good research proposal: don’t worry about what you write, you are not graded by the stuff you write along the process but what comes of out it ultimately. And the staff is here to support you in it. But the staff will always be the advocate of the devil: training you to the max. it is our job, that’s what we are paid to do so. We want to train to you. Do not be afraid of the staff on whatever you propose: use any skills in your direct environment: its this about what ultimately will optimize your research and your career. Be original: I did "exactly what the professional world expect me do to do" does not distinguish yourself in the current international labor market. So be original and critical. Be critical: Is the world organized as the way you think it should be? Is it unethical or does it provide opportunities?

making profits for other companies, or perhaps you are a cosmopolitan or perhaps nationalist? Its all fine, but always you need to realize why are actors doing what they are doing and what is backing up your argument. That in the end makes you a MASTER. Therefore: Use the advice/ knowledge on methodology of the staff otherwise you will get lost in this world of exploration, but get experienced by whatever you do and the world around you. As an example: this is music which helped me to shape my ideas and think about the world in societal dynamics (whether individuals, seaports or cities in a certain time and age) when I studied just like you. This has never been send out at MTV because it is too critical to the empire of MTV and associate social infrastructure because the clip is at odds with the very global discourse MTV represents. Read: "Jihad vs. McWorld" of Benjamin Barber of 1996 (advisor of Bill Clinton administration) and you realize that 9-11 is more an outcome than an event. Am I a globalist and for freedom? Yes! Is the West just representing what the world market wants or does at it act as an Empire like the Romans? Well, seeing this clip?) It dates back to the late 1990s: v=gAaog6PHZrY

Read and get inspired! Academic books, popular journals and magazines (the interna- Good luck, be yourself and stay critical! tional herald, the FT, The Economist) and go to Best the library (search first on internet, but then Wouter READ!!!!!). In the end: be yourself, distinguish yourself and be curious. That’s the most important thing: to create an independent view about the world. After that you can go on with your life

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Preparing a research question is like a "good needs time…". Don't be afraid to rephrase and/or to rethink your research question.

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Deadline 25th June 2009 The winner of the mtbs 2009 MEA will receive a Prize of € 1000 & consulting hours at mtbs. The winner will be announced on 30th June at 5.00 pm on the ground floor of the mtbs offices in “Het Witte Huis”- Wijnhaven 3 - Rotterdam at “Het Bolwerk”. We would be happy to see all of you there!

tourism. This will definitely help you when applying for a job. If you don’t have a clear idea The thesis is a crucial element in your MSc pro- of what you want to do, you might get inspiragram mainly for two reasons. First, it’s the final tion by reading other thesis. step in order to get your degree and, second, it’s the opportunity to apply the concept you Finally a few tips for the writing: have learnt to something you like. • Not everything you write will be useful for your thesis; A thesis can be defined as “an original, logically arranged collection of data, arguments and • Don’t write everything at once, your ideas conclusions which may be challenged by an exneed time to come out; pert, professional audience”. What you need is simply a good concept, a set of indisputable • As soon as you use a reference, write it down!! It will save you plenty of time at data, a sound reasoning and a healthy dose of the end of the thesis; self-critique. When you select the topic of your thesis re- • Be flexible: if necessary you should reorganize your argumentations (a different member to choose a topic you like and/or a research question or methodology…). topic that could be related to your future job.

Thesis writing: a few tips

For example, if you would like to work in the tourism sector you should write a thesis about

Good luck! Giuliano Mingardo

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Trucking around the world by Maarten van der Westen

It is early morning and the weather is nice. A truck is driving on a highway in France. The truck driver, René, is on his way to the south of France, where he will deliver his cargo. He drives from Holland to France two or three times a week. René enjoys driving his truck, a brand new DAF with a curtainside trailer. It is the 105XF SSC, the top of the line model. Still, René would prefer the Scania; the cab is a bit smaller but he would enjoy hearing that V8 engine! But still, the 510 horsepower he has now is more than enough for him: even the Alps are no challenge.

where he will deliver his cargo. In a week or two he’ll be back in Illinois, where he lives. Gary enjoys driving his truck, a brand new Freightliner with a box trailer. It is the Cascadia model, the newest aerodynamic model. Still, Gary would prefer an old-style model, like a Peterbilt or Kenworth, with a lot of chrome, a 500 horsepower CAT-engine and a large sleeper behind it! But his Freightliner also has a comfortable sleeper, and is very fuel efficient.

Gary speeds with 110km/h on the four lane highway. He hopes there aren’t any “smokeys” around. Suddenly a Toyota with a huge spoiler overtakes the truck on the right hand side and Then René gets stuck in a traffic. Cars and swerves into the fast lane. Gary shakes his trucks move slowly, and after 45 minutes René head and mumbles “Damn imports, these ricers can see why: a Polish truck is lying on its side can’t drive.” on the side of the road. René shakes his head Fortunately it’s not very busy and he’s making and mumbles: “These Polish guys really can’t good time. Tonight he will pull into a “Flying drive.” J’s”, one of the largest truck stops. It’s like a But soon traffic is moving again, and René speeds up to 85 km/h, the speed the truck is limited to. A BMW overtakes him at great speed, only to swerve off direct in front of René’s truck and take the exit. A short swear leaves René’s mouth. But traffic isn’t bad today, only around cities it is busy.

city of its own, with restaurants, a barber shop, clothing shops etc. He sure deserves after a day of driving! But he has to get there first. For now, Gary is enjoying the country music on the radio. Driving through the beautiful American landscapes is just like holiday. Life isn’t bad as a trucker…

He hopes he will get a parking spot at the truck stop later, when his driving time is over. He can only drive a couple of hours, then he needs to It is early morning and the weather is nice. A rest. The police enforces these rules very truck is driving on a dirt road in the outback of Australia. The truck driver, Mike, is on his way strictly. to Perth, where he will deliver his cargo. He’ll But these are problems for later. René puts a be there in a week, if everything goes well. new CD in the CD-player and starts singing. Tomorrow he will unload his goods in a town at Mike enjoys driving his truck, an old Mack Titan the seaside where other people go on holiday. “Roadtrain” with three trailers behind it. The combination is almost 50 meters long. Still, Life isn’t bad as a trucker… Mike would prefer one of those newer European models. Especially the Volvo FH-XXL has a lot It is early morning and the weather is nice. A more space inside. truck is driving on the highway in Utah. The Mike drives with a speed of 100km/h on the dirt truck driver, Gary, is on his way to California, road. Two days ago he saw the last truck, and

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he saw only a handful of cars. Suddenly Mike sees a kangaroo on the road. A thump follows. Mike knows he can’t break at these speeds, and this is why he has a “roo bar” to protect the front of the truck. Mike shakes his head and mumbles: “Damn kangaroos!”

but only big companies can afford those. Sanjeev made his truck look really pretty.

The trucker’s cab is very noisy but Mike doesn’t care. He’s driving his truck through the endless Outback and nobody bothers him. Life isn’t bad as a trucker...

After delivering his cargo, he will keep waiting outside the factory for return cargo, together with other truckers. While waiting he can do some repair, or paint his truck, or sleep in a hammock under his truck. But he hopes he has cargo soon, so he can drive back home.

Sanjeev drives slowly in between the holes in the road. Cars, motorcycles and a lot of bikes constantly swerve around the truck. Suddenly, Sanjeev sees a truck driving on the wrong side Mike has been driving for 13 hours without a of the road. He drives around it as if it was a break. He’s tired. In about 30 minutes he usual business. should pass one of the few roadside bars, Later he passes a burnt-out truck wreck. Apparwhere he will stop and have a beer. Fortu- ently, the truck got into an accident, and local nately, Mike has some pills to keep him awake. people set fire to the truck in an act of revenge. He has to keep moving in order to earn any Sanjeev shakes his head and mumbles: money. “Hopefully the driver could flee in time.”

It is early morning and the weather is nice. A truck is driving on the road in India. The truck driver, Sanjeev, is on his way to Mumbai, where he will deliver his cargo. He has no idea when he will come home, it depends how much work there is, and if his truck will not brake down. Last week, his gearbox broke and he spent a week fixing it.

Using his horn almost constantly to move through the forest of motorcycles and bikes, Sanjeev carries on. Next to the road he sees people begging for money on the edge of a slum. Fortunately, Sanjeev's family lives in a real house. He's happy he has his truck, and makes money for his family. Life isn't bad as a trucker...

Sanjeev enjoys driving his truck, a Tata 5-ton truck that is almost 40 years old. It is his pride. Maarten van der Westen Of course, Sanjeev would prefer a newer truck

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How’re you doin’? In this part of the InTrans, we ask Transito members to tell us something about their job. In this issue: Robert Ossevoort, President of Transito in 2004/2005. When I graduated in 2006 from Erasmus after an intensive 15-month internship with Air Traffic Control the Netherlands, I didn’t jump right into my current job. Rather, I left for Argentina to properly learn Spanish and to figure out what career I would like to pursue. I came up with two basic requirements: the work I was supposed to do needed to be “relevant to the society” and I would prefer a strong international component. Eventually I chose to work with ECORYS Transport & Mobility. As a whole ECORYS NL, UK and our international subsidiaries provide advice in virtually every aspect of public policy. In September of 2007 I started to work as a junior consultant on an European research project. I quickly learned that working at ECORYS implies having quite some responsibility right from the start; I was managing and executing my own project from the first day. Although it was a challenge, I took on the job and succe s s f u l l y c o m pleted the project only a Svalbard, the most extraordinary pla- f e w ce I ever visited (for business!) months later. Part of the deal is that I was able to travel to various beautiful European cities for meetings with partner companies from all around Europe. Actually, my first trip took place only 6

weeks after I j o i n e d ECORYS! At the level of each division, (junior) consultants are encouraged to work in the various fields covered by that division. Some fields and projects are aviation (evaluation of aviation safety), maritime transport (port development), sustainability (Emissions Trading Scheme) and passenger transport (road pricing or Amsterdam metro). There is also the opportunity of working for a wide variety of clients, including Dutch ministries, the European Commission or the World Bank. Personally, I very much appreciate the mix of clients and topics with which you are dealing at the same time. However, some colleagues chose not to work internationally. Within that broad range of topics and clients, we provide a variety of economic consultancy services to support policy makers in developing policies aimed at realising the goals determined by the politicians. ECORYS is not just about working or completing a task given to you by your manager. Rather, all of us aim at enjoying our work and the time with our colleagues, as well as creating your own opportunities. I have been enabled to revive Young ECORYS, which organises a variety of activities for young employees – which actually combines both. The latest challenge I have

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taken up is working in India for some 10 come to send me an months – which is quite a unique opportunity.


This story is juts to tease you. If you are inter- Robert Ossevoort ested in working with ECORYS, you are wel-

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The editors of the InTrans are: Ewa Paluszkiewicz Katarzyna Kurek Heidi Mauritz

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Transito is a study association for the students of Urban, Port and Transport Economics. Transito tries to bring the theory of the classes alive in practice. That can be by visiting companies and institutions ‘in the field’, but also via the articles in the InTrans. If Mail address you would like to be a member, please visit Visitor address Room H12-5 Room H12-5 us at H12-05, or download the subscription Burgermeester Oudlaan 50 P.O. Box 1738 3000 DR Rotterdam form from the webpage If you 3062 PA Rotterdam T: 010 - 408 2070 would like more information about us, you can F: 010 - 408 9156 contact us at our addresses that are stated on the right.

InTrans June 2009  

InTrans June 2009

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