Left to right: ABP Divisional Port Manager – North West, Carl Bevan; Lancaster University Professor of Operations Management, Linda Hendry; Masters Students, Samiha Shamma and Daniela Warner
The Port of Barrow recently welcomed two Lancaster University students on a three-month work experience programme, as part of their studies for the MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
The students, Daniela Warner and Samiha Shamma, will be conducting research to support businesses while also gaining valuable skills and building up their knowledge of the maritime industry.
Lancaster University Professor of Operations Management, Linda Hendry, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for our students to put theory into practice, and further develop their understanding of current topical business issues.
“Through their research they will explore issues such as how to reduce the carbon footprint by shortening the supply chain and effectively managing warehouse operations.”
Throughout the duration of the placement, Daniela will be focussing her time on the pulp operation at the Port of Barrow, mapping out current processes and identifying future growth opportunities. In parallel, Samiha will be looking into the collaboration between ABP and BAE Systems and preparing a proposal of how their supply chain can be further enhanced.
ABP Divisional Port Manager - North West, Carl Bevan, said: “It is great to be able to host students from such a highly regarded university and provide them with a chance to learn more about the maritime industry while also being able to undertake research that can benefit the wider business community.
“This is an excellent example of how academia and industry can work together in order to generate fresh ideas that enhance supply chains and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with Lancaster University in future.”
The Port of Barrow plays a vital role at the heart of the Cumbrian economy, serving the growing renewable energy sector and local advanced manufacturing. By facilitating trade and industry the port supports 1,700 jobs across the UK, including 800 in the town of Barrow, and contributes £107 million to the UK economy.