ARKAS have created a service chain in Turkey by integrating their logistics, agency, shipping and port operation services and by combining sea, air, rail and overland transportation. As a shipping company that provides regular service in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, one of the strategic directions of ARKAS is providing agency services in these regions for the world’s leading shipping companies they have represented in Turkey for many years. The investments being made under the Arkas Anatolian Project are ongoing and aim to provide affordable transportation services to the industrialists and investors in the region by connecting Anatolian cities to ports and to the world. An important dimension of development in this project is taking advantage of the railroad and increasing the number of cabotage shipments with regular service. International Maritime Organization in 2009 has set the target for 15% reduction in the maritime emissions by 2018. For this reason, implementation of new regulations in Turkey related to railway shipping and efficient cabotage shipments between domestic ports in Turkey, which is surrounded by seas on three sides, are very important to ARKAS. Moreover, ARKAS is exercising green management practices and it is one of managerial challenges to reduce carbon-footprints from their logistics network. The collaboration with UBRU who have an international reputation in metaheuristic optimisation and information systems (IS) evaluation research areas will bring new knowledge and expertise to the company. The secondments to UBRU are expected to enhance the staffs’ modelling and measurement capability with regard to logistics network optimisation.

Mr Levent Demiriz is Manager Operations Team in ship management at ARKAS. He has a master degree from the Istanbul Technical University Maritime School. He will be the leader of training work package (WP2) and will work with UBRU and PRMT to prepare the training programmes for secondees and the new recruit during the project. He will also be seconded to UBRU for 6 months to obtain managerial techniques in logistic management research domain. He will spend a total of 12PMs on the project.

Mr Haluk Iribas is Deputy General Manager of ARKAS fleet management. He has a master degree from the Istanbul Technical University Maritime School. He will participate to the focused group interview (T2) with his operations team members to share their knowledge in maritime shipping operations with UBRU staffs. He will also manage the preparation of execution of two experiments (T5, T7) in ARKAS. He will spend 9 PMs on the project.

Mr Baran Turgut is Environmental Policies and Sustainability Specialist of ARKAS Line. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Dokuz Eylul University Maritime Faculty, Department of Maritime Business Administration in Izmir/Turkey. He will be the leader of training work package (WP2) and will work with Brunel University Business School to prepare the training programmes for secondees and the new recruit during the project. He will also be seconded to Brunel University Business School for 6 months to obtain managerial techniques in logistic management research domain.

UBRU Business School (BBS) is conducting research in operations management and information systems among the portfolio of its research represented by six research centres: Operations and Supply Chain Systems (OASIS), Information Systems Evaluation and Integration (ISEing), Centre for Research into Entrepreneurship, International Business and Innovation in Emerging Markets (CIBIEM), Work and Organisation Research Centre (WORC), Centre for Research in Marketing (CREAM), and Accounting and Auditing Research Centre (AARC). Due to the nature of the research subjects, the input from practitioners is crucial as a part of the research activities by BBS academic and research staff. As a result, BBS has been continuously engaging with end users of their research output. In particular, operations management research requires strong engagement with real world business processes to understand problems and prescribe solutions for the problems. The practical knowledge obtained from the planned secondments in PRMT and ARKAS is expected to broaden their knowledge in logistics and supply chain management problems in maritime and other modes of transport.

Prof Habin Lee is a Reader at Brunel University Business School. He has extensive experience of managing EU FP7 projects including CEES (IAPP 230658) and UbiPOL (INFSO248010) as well as participant leaders of OASIS (CIP 297210). His research interests include the application of agent-based simulation to supply chain networks and mobile task scheduling. He will be the scientist-in-charge of the MINI-CHIP project and also work on T3 for developing agent based simulation model. He will also be seconded to ARKAS (S1 in Table B.3.3) and PRMT (S2, S6). He will spend 16 person-months (PMs) on the project.

Dr Afshin Mansouri is a Senior Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management at Brunel University Business School. He obtained his PhD in Industrial Engineering in January 2001. He worked on the EPSRC (EP/D050863/1) and is working on ESRC project (RES-067-27-0027). His research interests are in: Applied Operations Research, Metaheuristic Search Techniques, Decision Science, Sustainable Operations Management, Humanitarian Operations and Crisis Management. He will be the leader of WP1 and mainly working on developing MINI-CHIP model. He will be seconded to ARKAS and PRMT (S3, S7 and S10). He will spend total 16 PMs for four years.

Dr Nursen Aydin is a Research Fellow in the Mini-Chip project at Brunel University Business School. She received her B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering from Marmara University, Turkey in 2007; and her M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees in Manufacturing Systems and Industrial Engineering Program at Sabanci University, Turkey in 2009 and 2014, respectively.  Prior to her Ph.D. education, she worked at Pegasus Airlines as an assistant revenue management analyst. She began her academic career at Sabanci University as a research and teaching assistant. She worked as a visiting researcher at Cornell University, USA during her Ph.D. studies. Her research interests are stochastic modeling of operations systems, revenue management, stochastic dynamic programming and wireless sensor networks.

Ms Saowanit Lekhavat is a Ph.D. student at Brunel University Business School. She graduated in Industrial Engineering with a Bachelor and Master degree from Kasetsart University and the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. She used to be a teaching assistant in probability and statistics for engineering during her study as an undergraduate. Before her Ph.D. study, she worked as a logistics planner at CP retailink in Thailand. Her research interests are operations research, metaheuristics algorithm and simulation optimization applying to logistics and supply chain system.

Mr Olukayode Aluko is a Ph.D. student at Brunel University Business School. He has obtained a Master degree in Brunel Engineering School in the area of simulation and logistics in 2012. He will be working on the simulation modelling in Task 3 and also on the experiment of MINI-CHIP DSS on Task 5 and 7 while he is seconded at ARKAS (S9). He will spend total 20PMs on the project including the secondments. New recruit will be working full time on developing the MINI-CHIP model and DSS for 18 PMs.


PRMT is a young software company specialised in research and development activities for maritime industry. As a result, its activities are focused in developing technology products to support maritime business. Their current solution, Vessel Performance Management system is a decision support tool for vessel performance analysis especially for operational time and bunker performance. The software analyses the decision problem and generate results and charts that help to assess factors such as exceeded operation times, gaps between port operations and their reasons, outrun bunker usage and comparison between ship’s actual vs. expected durations and costs. PRMT is planning to extend their product portfolio by including maritime and land routing functionality which will dramatically add business value to their product portfolio. The knowledge exchange with UBRU is expected to be a mechanism to import knowledge in scheduling based on metaheuristic and simulation techniques which are not available in the company at the moment. Also, the knowledge on target problem domain can be obtained through the collaborative project execution with ARKAS. The knowledge on ship operations management obtained from ARKAS will allow PRMT to conduct market analysis for the new product.

Dr Ismail Cicek is a Research & Development Manager at PRMT. Dr Cicek brings a vast knowledge of project management experience from the US Air Force where he worked as Sr. Systems Engineer. He has more than 15 years of research experience. He will be the leader of WP4 dissemination and exploitation and also be seconded to UBRU to complete S5 in table B.3.3. He will spend 16 PMs on the project.

Mr Ahmet Bilici (MSc.) is Project manager at PRMT. He has a master degree in maritime transportation and management from Istanbul Technical University and has profound experience in maritime technology and R&D project management. He will take the leadership of WP3 Knowledge transfer and be seconded for four months to UBRU for secondment S4. He will be in charge of the development of the MINI-CHIP DSS and spend 24 PMs on the project.