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Project at TU Dublin to Assess Implications of Brexit In Logistics & Transport Sector

1st February 2019

#irishports - At TU Dublin, Ireland's first technological university, a multi-disciplinary applied research team is working on a project to assess potential post-Brexit implications for the logistics and transportation sector.

The work of the project research team will also access the impact on movements of goods between Ireland, the other EU Member States, or the United Kingdom.

The project has received funding from the European Union and the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) and is implemented in co-operation with the European Commission's Structural Reforms Support Service (SRSS). Using scenario-mapping, the project aims to assist in the development of contingency plans to address the changing environment.

Representatives of the Department and the Commission visited TU Dublin and met with Professor David Fitzpatrick, President and with the project team. Thanking them for their support in securing the funding, Declan Allen, Assistant Head, School of Management, said “This is a very exciting and timely project. My colleagues and I look forward to collaborating with key industry stakeholders. Using a range of data analytics and simulations to explore various scenarios, we aim to build an understanding of both the threats and the opportunities that may face the sector.”

The project team is drawn from the 3S Group (Smart Sustainable Solution for Complex Systems), based in the College of Business, TU Dublin. This unit has considerable experience in applying simulation models and technologies in wide-ranging contexts. Dr Amr Mahfouz, the Project Manager and the leader of Supply Chain Management Team in 3S Group, will lead the scientific team.

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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