The research paper should be a minimum of six typed pages and formatted in accordance with APA. Topics should be relavent to intermodal transportation.
The nature of a research paper is to prove or disprove a thesis or hypothesis, not simply produce a report or provide information on topic. For example; a topic may be the impact of security on intermodal transportation. The associated thesis could be; actions taken to improve the security at ports has negatively impacted throughput, increasing costs and reducing the quality of operations. The research and body of the paper argues to prove the thesis statement.
A draft topic and thesis statement were due to the professor during week 2 (see Week 2 Announcement).
The Effects of Increasing Port Capabilities during Intermodal Transportation
Large ships are used to deal with the demand for increased containerized transport and to utilize economics of scale. Seaports face many challenges to include terminal capacity, fairway drafts and inland access. One of the concepts with the possibility to reduce environmental impacts related to the seaport transport system is the dry port. A dry port is an inland intermodal terminal directly connected to seaports with high-capacity transport where customers can leave or pick up their standardized units as if directly to a seaport.