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Maritime Institute

About The Institute

Old Dominion University’s Maritime Institute was created through a University/Business community partnership in Hampton Roads.  Its mission is to provide world quality maritime, ports and logistics management education, training and research to meet regional, national and international needs.  In pursuit of its mission, the Institute engages in building mutually supportive linkages locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, and in supporting the economic growth and international competitiveness of greater Hampton Roads and Virginia.


The Institute provides a focal point for educational services and research programming that is responsive to the port-related needs of Hampton Roads, Virginia and other port-related facilities in the world.  Serving as a positive link with port related business, and public administration communities; the Institute provides a catalyst for the delivery of education, training, research and service programs in both the credit and non-credit arenas.


The Institute also serves as a hub for applied education, training and research related to the development and management of transportation and storage systems, with ports serving as centers of internationally complex activities.


The Institute’s international focus comes naturally from the realization that in today’s world, port logistics and supply chain activities form complex systems with each component interdependent on many others for its success.  Domestic systems cannot be addressed in isolation.  The education process must be internationally oriented if it is to respond effectively to constantly changing intricate issues.



Contact: Dr. Wayne K. Talley, Executive Director
International Maritime Ports and Logistics Management Institute
Old Dominion University, 2156 Constant Hall, Norfolk, Virginia 23529
Phone: 757 683 3534, Fax: 757 683 5750, Email: wktalley@odu.edu


At the October, 2011 Annual meeting of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) in Santiago (Chile), university rankings worldwide in port research for the period 1980-2009 were announced. In these rankings, ODU was ranked eighth in the world, second only to the University of Washington in the Western Hemisphere.


    Rank                             University

  1.                      Cardiff University (UK)

  2.             Erasmus University (Netherlands)

  3.               University of Antwerp (Belgium)

  4.     Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong)

  5.        National University of Singapore (Singapore)

  6.                University of Washington (US)

  7.                     Napier University (UK)

  8.                Old Dominion University (US)