PortEconomics is celebrating the ending of the year recapping the articles that have captured the interest of the visitors of our web initiative so far for 2015.
As measured by Google Analytics the list of the top-5 viewpoints presented at PortEconomics in 2015 are:
1. Are mega-ships such an imposition?
The OECD report on the effects on mega-ships provides valuable insights for all players in the port industry. Peter de Langen focuses on an important flaw in the report: the suggestion that mega ships impose infrastructure costs on the public sector. [Link]
2. The port value calculation
Like other sectors of the global industry, ports are keen to point out their national economic impact, writes Peter de Langen and discusses some evidence from both sides of the Atlantic. [Link]
3. Dubai: Logistics at the crossroads
In last two decades, Dubai emerged as a world class logistical platform, Jean-Paul Rodrigue discusses that this is a role which is in part attributed to its geographical location at the crossroads of major trade routes between Asia, Europe, South Asia and East Africa, and the key features of this evolution. [Link]
4. Are container port volumes in Europe above pre-crisis levels?
Are container port volumes in Europe above pre-crisis levels? With a total maritime container throughput of an estimated 101.5 million TEU in 2014, the answer is yes, says PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom. The European container port system crossed the 100 million TEU mark for the first time ever. [Link]
5. Transshipment hubs: Connecting global and regional maritime shipping networks
Transshipment was initially developed to service smaller ports unable to accommodate large containerships because of limited infrastructure. However, as maritime networks became increasingly complex, specialized transshipment hubs emerged. Jean-Paul Rodrigue discusses their future. [Link]