Marine, maritime and ports

The 'blue' economy represents roughly 5.4 million jobs and generates a net revenue of almost €500 billion annually for the EU alone, and a multitude of this worldwide. Moreover, many on shore economic activities are highly dependent on international trade and thus on maritime transport and services. The marine and maritime sector has a great potential to contribute to sustainable economic development and conservation and protection of our world. Current Blue Growth strategies developed on a country, continental and global level are targeting to unlock this potential.

The founding companies of Ecorys were and are based in the important European seafaring nations. Due to this heritage, Ecorys has a leading position in strategy and policy making in the marine and maritime sector and its economic impact. Ecorys has a long and proud history as a multidisciplinary economic adviser in the field of sustainable freight transport at regional, national and international level. Our transport experts provide insights into the impact of logistics on society, business and the economy, and map the effects of policy measures on freight transport. Furthermore, our teams of highly skilled and experienced experts possess ample knowledge of all modes of transport and advise both governments and the private sector. This enables us to build a bridge between everyday practice and strategic policymaking.

By using various structured and comprehensive methods such as social-economic cost-benefit analyses and cost-effectiveness analyses, we solve problems and provide solutions for our clients in both the public and the private sector. Applying demand-forecasting analyses, which have been reviewed by the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), we set out to predict future trends. In order to meet our clients’ objectives, Ecorys aims to provide process support during all stages of the research project.

One of our key strengths is to approach research questions from a well-conceived lifecycle perspective. We have relevant references in especially the maritime shipping sector and through the years we have built up an impressive portfolio and client base. We have carried out applied research into inland water transport, road haulage, rail freight and urban freight transport. 

In the past years, we invested more than ever in broadening our expertise. In close collaboration with our in-house trade economists, we have worked on projects that measure and qualify the impact of changing global trade patterns in the maritime sector resulting from, for example, trade agreements such as CETA and TTIP.

A sample of projects sketching our areas of involvement include:

• Blue growth and maritime policy within the North Sea and Atlantic;.
• Saldanha Bay Development including port, industrial zone, municipality and tourism (South Africa's largest natural harbor).
• Socio-economic impacts of Arctic Sea ice decline.
• Feasibility study of Nicaragua canal; an alternative to Panama canal.

Ecorys publishes trends and developments in the annual Netherlands Maritime and Ports Monitor.