Students from Lancaster University are spending time pursuing their studies at a South Cumbrian port.

The Port of Barrow recently welcomed the two 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 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.”

Daniela will be focusing her time on the pulp operation at the port, mapping out its current processes and identifying future growth opportunities.

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.”